Lesbian Duplex 127: An Open Thread

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. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Trumpism, Uncontrolled Men, and Real Housewives

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

Voice in the Wind: Julia Goes Rogue

This is not a healthy friendship. In some sense I think Octavia is unhappy to see Julia breaking out of her shell—as long as Julia was wowed by Octavia’s modern independence, Octavia maintained the upper hand in their relationship even though it was Julia whose family had money. But if Julia steps out and grasps for that modern independence herself, Octavia will play second fiddle to Julia’s money—or so she fears. And she’s not wrong. Click through to read more! Read more

Evangelicals Were Against Public Funding for Religious Schools Before They Were For It

Evangelicals were dead-set against public funding for religious schools for well over a century. What changed? Evangelicals began founding religious schools of their own. As long as the conversation was about public funding for other people’s religious schools, evangelicals were against it. When the conversation was about public funding for their won religious schools, evangelicals changed course. Click through to read more! Read more

Bill Gothard’s Solution for Crime in Chicago: “Increase Serotonin Levels”

The strange thing is that Gothard actually believes he is being scientific. Another fundamentalist leader would probably argue that the solution to crime in Chicago is for people to know Jesus, but Gothard doesn’t stop there. Instead, he goes into all of this about serotonin and the “gut brain” and bright light therapy, and somehow ends by encouraging people to increase their serotonin levels by reading the Bible. Read more

Bill Cosby, the Church, and Supporting Victims

This is the conceit of Christianity—it is a religion that purports to uphold and value the weak, the poor, the victim, but in practice defends the strong, the rich, the abuser. Click through to read more! Read more

Answers in Genesis Says Humans Did Not Come From Africa—And It Gets Weird

Yes, you read that right. The claim here is that Africans have more diverse mitochondrial DNA than non-Africans because they have seen twice as many generations as non-Africans. Yes, the claim really is that Africans have borne children at substantially lower ages than non-Africans for all time, a claim made based on modern marriage data from the United Nations. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 126: An Open Thread

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. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Lambs, Dolls, and Pandas

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

Voice in the Wind: An Interlude with Decimus and Phoebe

One of the most puzzling things about this book is considering where we are expected to show sympathy—and how Rivers believes she is portraying her characters. I am fairly certain Decimus and Phoebe are supposed to be sympathetic while Julia is not. I read this book as a teen, and I remember feeling drawn to Hadassah and royally annoyed by Julia. On this read-through, though, I have little but sympathy for Julia. Click through to read more! Read more

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