John Piper, Gender Roles, and Women in Combat

women in combat

In the wake of the decision to allow women to serve in combat positions, let's take a look at popular evangelical leader John Piper article on the subject, "Co-Ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice." If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly s … [Read more...]

The Biblical Case against Women in Combat?

Jael

As you probably know, the defense department has just moved to allow women in combat. This is a move that conservative evangelical leaders have been warning about for decades, and their reaction was predictable. Let's take a look at what conservative evangelical author, pastor, and Christian Patriarchy leader Douglas Wilson had to say. No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a … [Read more...]

Right-Wing Radio Hosts Discuss Man-Hating Feminists

man hating feminists

Jessica, a writer for Friendly Atheist, has a fascinating post up today in which she analyses  and responds to a conversation about feminism that took place between two right-wing radio hosts. This piece is instructive as well as maddening, because the radio hosts, Swanson and Buehner, employ essentially every anti-feminist stereotype and straw man out there. Here is the clip:If you don't have a moment to listen, don't worry, because Jessica took the time to transcribe the entire thing. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Is Contraception “Emasculating”? Sean Responds

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A guest post by SeanHi everyone! This is Sean.Libby sent me a piece called "The Emasculating Effects of Modern Contraception." This is about husbands and fathers. Libby is neither, but she happens to know one pretty well – me!She was wondering what I thought - so here goes. First I'll start with an excerpt from the piece.The most recent discussion about “neutered men” brings to mind a casual conversation I took part in a few years back at a sporting event. A group of mothers was c … [Read more...]

Married, with Friends

hedges

I recently came upon a book called Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It, by Christian author Jerry B. Jenkins. With the divorce rate steadily climbing and infidelity creeping into even the happiest marriages, in a society that trivializes adultery and its devastating effects, with temptation and opportunity coming at you from all directions - how can you keep your marriage from becoming a statistic?The advice from best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins is this: plant preventative … [Read more...]

My Brothers and My Mother

Mother Boys

When my brothers were about ten or twelve, my parents began to say that they were "chafing at being under the authority of a woman." By this they meant that my brothers didn't like having to obey my mom, because, of course, they were becoming men. And, well, men don't like being under female authority. Or at least, that's what they said. And to this day, if you asked my mother, she would tell you that all of her boys have "chafed under her authority" while none of her girls have done so. She … [Read more...]

Jane Austen, Mr. Collins, and Rape Culture

Collins Bennet

What we call "rape culture" is nothing new, and its roots go deep. The "no means no" campaign on first glance seems to be too obvious to need saying. Except that it's unfortunately not. This statement is probably the one thing from the whole Nice Guys of OK Cupid thing that stuck with me the most: A No is just a Yes that needs a little convincing! To be honest, this is frightening to me. And maddening. The idea that I could tell a man "no" and have him see that as a challenge rather than an an … [Read more...]


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