Teenage Boys and Pedophilia: Evangelical Purity Teachings Blur the Line

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Last week I briefly mentioned Debi Pearl's suggestion that working mothers should worry that the babysitters they hire to watch their kids might have their boyfriends over for sex on the job. I pointed out that if you're worried that your babysitter isn't trustworthy, you should find another, and that there are plenty of responsible teenage girls out there. One reader responded with this comment: Geneder essentialism alert! Boys can babysit as well. Yes, yes they can, but not in Debi's world, … [Read more...]

Who Wants to Talk about Downton Abbey?

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I don't usually do this, but the season 3 finale of Downton Abbey came out last night and everyone seems to be talking about it right now. It's a fascinating show from a historical standpoint, but there's also a lot there to analyze from a gender or class standpoint. There's also a good deal to think about from a religious standpoint (especially Sybil's take on religion and the conflict over whether Tom and Sybil's daughter should be Anglican or Catholic). Since it's one of my favorite shows, … [Read more...]

Men Aren’t Sex-Addled Beasts, They’re Just Individuals

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Men are no more rapists in their natural state than I am asexual in my natural state.~ Hannah As a young conservative evangelical, I was taught that I had to dress modestly to protect them from "stumbling" into sexual sin, and that it was natural for a guy to keep pushing for sexual favors, and it was my job to say no. I was taught that men were visual and easily aroused, and that men think about sex constantly. I was taught that men were to pursue and women were to be pursued, and that I … [Read more...]

Point, Counterpoint: Talking about Gender Differences

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Conservatives insist that there are huge differences between the genders while feminists insist that inasmuch as gender differences exist, they are social constructs. Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, conservatives insist. Or are they?I recently stumbled upon an article by Suzanne Venker published on Fox News. The title? "To Be Happy, We Must Admit Men and Women Aren't Equal." Venker is on the "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" side. Let's look at her article and then turn … [Read more...]

The Real Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military … Men’s Careers?!?

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So, this is kind of horrifying, but some individuals are actually arguing that women shouldn't be allowed to serve in more military positions because when they do the rate of sexual assaults will go up, and that will ruin men's careers. Yes, you heard that right. Men's careers.Here's what leading anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly had to say: Military women are already complaining about increased sexual assaults, and of course those problems will skyrocket. Only men will be deemed at fault because … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Isaac’s Story

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A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Isaac. I am a nineteen-year-old male living in the buckle of the Bible belt. I grew up in various states but was exposed to the same culture and beliefs regardless of where I went.My experience with faith and faith culture is a little different from that of most … [Read more...]

More Chores for Men = Less Sex?

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Honestly, I really think reading how the media reports academic studies is generally a bad idea. This is how you get headlines like this: It may be the 21st century, but a new study suggests sticking to old values may reap benefits — that is, if you like sex. (source)Want to have more sex? Men, stop helping with the chores. (source)Couples wanting to improve their sex lives may want to look at how they divide household chores, because men and women who follow traditional roles have sex m … [Read more...]


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