A Mannequin Like Me

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I recently had a need for some new professional clothing, and I went from shop to shop in the local mall looking at my options. In every store window were mannequins, white and plastic and slender.Not like me. I'm big boned and curvy. Every time I would see a cute outfit, I would find that when I tried it on it looked nothing like it had on the mannequin.But then, I was so used to seeing mannequins like these---tall and skinny---that I directed my annoyance at my body, not at the … [Read more...]

Dear Abby Responds to an Isolated Homeschooler

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Here is an installment in Dear Abby column from last week: DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old girl. I am home-schooled with one friend. I'm lonely, sad, mad and depressed. I have always wanted to go to a real school, but it's not an option for me. My parents are against it.I am always lonely. I don't know where to turn. I want to meet new people, but I don't know how, or if my parents will let me do new things. I have been cutting myself for more than a year and have lost all motivation to do my … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What Is Personhood?

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It's that time of the month once again! Or rather, its a week late, but there are five Mondays in July, so that's okay! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on the ethics of challenging people's belief systems two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.With all of the talk of abortion regulations and personhood bills in the news lately, I want to turn this month's Forward Thinking … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on the Closing of Exodus International

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Yesterday I posted Sarah Jones' thoughts on the closing of Exodus International and Alan Chambers' apology to the LGBTQ community. Today I want to add a few more thoughts of my own.As a kid, I grew up in the shadow of Exodus International. I did not then identify as anything but stick straight, but Exodus shaped my perceptions of and understanding of the LGBTQ community. It was from Exodus, and the evangelical organizations that shed its message, that I learned that guys became gay as a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Exodus International and a Millenial Marketing Blitz

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A guest post by Sarah Jones.(Libby Anne's commentary: I was in the middle of a project when Alan Chambers issued his apology to the LGBTQ community and announced that Exodus International would be closing down, so I didn't end up blogging about it, though I wanted to. When I read Sarah Jones' discussion of the issue, I found that she verbalized some of, and did so better than I could have had I tried. With her permission, I am reposting her thoughts, which originally appeared on her … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The (Proxy) Bride of (an Abusive) Christ

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 124-127 A wise woman understands that her husband's need to be honored is not based on his performance, but on his nature and his God-ordained position. She learns quickly to defer to his ideas or plans with enthusaism. She looks for ways to reverence him. She knows this is God's will for her life. A while back I wrote about the pernicious problems with the Christian theological idea that the relationship between husband and wife was to be a sort of mirror of … [Read more...]

Bright Lights: A Recipe for Emotional Disaster

A good friend of mine and I have been talking lately about her concerns for her younger sister. Her sister is  a young teen, and her parents have started involving her in a group called "Bright Lights." I had never heard of this organization before, so I looked it up. Here is what I found: A young lady who is pure shines with a radiant brightness in this world of darkness. How can a girl stay physically and emotionally pure as she waits for God’s best in marriage? In other words, it is the ve … [Read more...]


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