The Evangelical Christian Martyrdom Complex

Last week I noticed a headline on the Friendly Atheist titled Evangelist Wants to Know If You’d Say “Yes, I’m a Christian” with a Gun to Your Head. This brought to mind what I was taught as an evangelical child—that if anyone ever asked me to deny the faith, I was to refuse, even to death. We read stories of Christians martyred in other countries because they refused to spit on the Bible or renounce their faith. Read more

The Problem with Gendering Kids’ Halloween Costumes Is Othering, Not Sexualizing

I have a serious problem with the increased gendering of children’s career-based Halloween costumes. As I see it, the problem is not about “sexualizing” young girls. Rather, the problem is an extension of the othering of girls that we we see throughout products marketed to children. Too often the standard option of a product is marketed to boys, and a “girlified” option is marketed to girls. This is not what true inclusion looks like. Read more

Liberating Moments: Ex-Pentacostals Cut Their Hair

All this came to mind when I watched this youtube video of two former Apostolic Pentecostals cutting their hair. They explain, in the video, why they had kept their hair long, and how momentous it feels to cut it. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 37: An Open Thread

Time for some chatter! Read more

Dress Codes and Preteen Girls: A Reader Asks

How should parents handle dress codes for pre-teens? Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gordon Sees a Lawyer

In next week’s installment, we’ll begin the hearing. Will Gordon show up? Or will he stay home drinking? The tension is mounting! Read more

Lying to Children Is Not a “Joke”

When did it become okay to joke about lying to children? Make no mistake, that is what this comic is talking about. What does it say about us, as a society, that we find a comic that makes light of and promotes lying to children funny? Do we really think that we as a society can joke about lying to children and then expect them to trust us? If we want a relationship of mutual trust and respect with our children, we need to prove ourselves worth of trust and respect. Read more

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Overpaid. Here’s Why.

Next time you hear someone claim that Cecile Richards is overpaid, or that the executive director of a large nonprofit like Planned Parenthood shouldn’t make a six-figure salary because it’s still a nonprofit, let them know that Richards’ salary is on the level with those of executive directors of other nonprofits of similar size and focus, point out that as the executive director of Planned Parenthood Richards has to deal with things like death threats, and explain why paying the executive directors of large nonprofits six-figure salaries is actually good for those nonprofits and for charity. Read more

No, Medicaid and Title X Do Not Subsidize Abortions

Cutting off low-income women’s access to contraceptives and other non-abortion services through Planned Parenthood will in fact increase the demand for abortions and thus increase the amount of abortions provided by Planned Parenthood. Read more

Planned Parenthood’s “Government Funding”: The Same Kind Your Doctor Receives

Next time someone tells you that the government subsidizes Planned Parenthood, ask them to explain what they mean. Next time you hear someone say that we need to cut off Planned Parenthood’s government funding, ask them to desire what this funding looks like. The reality is that Planned Parenthood’s “government funding” is no different from the government funding your doctor or any other local health clinic receives. Read more

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