Julia is taking out her own pain and confusion on Hadassah. She desperately wants Atretes in her bed (they don’t seem to get on otherwise), but she knows that she cannot marry him without repeating the traumatic experiences of her past two marriages—she would lose her right to her own money and decisions, and be at his mercy. She’s stuck, and somewhere inside it sounds like she realizes it—but she’s not handling it well. Click through to read more! Read more

This is not a new problem. The leadership at the church where the AWANA Bible club I attended as a child freaked out when a woman asked to lead the high school group. Women are not to teach men in the church, see—and boys in high school are basically men. I’d be extremely surprised if anyone there was comfortable with women teaching in seminary. It might not be a church, but it still is spiritual instruction and leadership, and in this world those things flow one way—from men to women. Click through to read more! Read more

Today we continue the letter Michael Pearl wrote to his sons, published in the end of his child abuse manual in 1996. The first part dealt with choosing a wife, and the second part described “quality time” as irrelevant. Today we talk about manipulating your child’s emotions! Yay! Click through to read more! Read more

It was the inclusion of those two specific identifiers that brought me up short. In an important way, these two things are very different. Atheist teens are indeed a problem for youth group leaders, as one cannot be both atheist and Christian. There’s a fundamental lack of compatibility there—you can’t be atheist and Christian. Lumping the two—LGBT and atheist teens—together suggests a similar incompatibility. Click through to read more! Read more

St. John titles his piece “Once We’ve Confessed” and asks in his byline: “How should churches handle sexual sins from 20 years ago?” His chosen terminology is worth noting: “sexual sins.” This is important. When most evangelicals think of sexual sins, they think of premarital sex or adultery, not rape, sexual assault, or coercion—and certainly not a pastor demanding sexual favors of a minor under his pastoral authority while giving her a ride home from youth group. Click through to read more! Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. In any case, my comment policy lays out the house rules. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

This is one of those moments where the whole story could have gone in a different direction. We’re to believe, I think, that Julia’s revulsion is due to the whole gay thing. But what if instead she looked at Prometheus and saw herself? After all, she was the same age he is when she was given in marriage to Claudius. What if she left Primus at this point, recognizing that Prometheus was a child, taken without a choice, like she was? Click through to read more! Read more

If abortion opponents’ only concern were preventing abortions, supporting and destigmatizing single mothers would seem a natural step. Yet this is frequently not the case. This is baffling, because this piece of the puzzle seems so simple and obvious. One would think that, for abortion opponents, concern about sexual morality would take backseat to the literal murder of babies, which is after all what they argue abortion is. Click through to read more! Read more

Robertson’s statement reads like an admission that, as a young man, he committed offenses (presumably sexual) that were criminal in nature. His comment about the statute of limitations having passed—framed as a joke—is in no way funny. It also rather disqualifies him from complaining about the lack of trail in cases coming to light today. Click through to read more! Read more

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