The Lesson of the 2013 MTV VMAs: Being Sexual While Female Is Worse Than Being Rapey or Racist

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So. Miley Cyrus. It seems she sang a song at the 2013 MTV VMAs.Mostly I've just been watching the multiple conversations going on about Miley's performance. But since the discussion hasn't shown any signs of letting up yet, I thought I'd dip my toe in. But since so much has been said already, I want to do so by highlighting some of the work of others, and also by opening the floor for commenters to post additional articles they thought were particularly thought-provoking---or particularly … [Read more...]

Problematizing “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage”

Ida B. Wells

Earlier today I posted this video at the end of a post on women and the vote:I am reposting it because in searching it on youtube and embedding it in the post I was suddenly confronted with something that I had not noticed before. Something I should have noticed before. Something I shouldn't have had to only realize after my eyes strayed to a youtube comment.The video has no women of color. While some white suffragettes believed in racial equality and at least verbally spoke in … [Read more...]

Race, Feminism, and #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on Twitter

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One thing I write very little about here on the blog is race. Maybe this is something I should change, I don't know, but I'm as white as you get and I grew up in an upper middle class family in a lily-white community, which means that I am awash in white privilege---and I try to make sure to always bear this in mind. As a result, I'm often hesitant about bringing up race here, because I don't feel that I'm in a position to appropriately speak to the issue. I don't want to appropriate others' … [Read more...]

George Zimmerman and Race in America

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I was raised in a family where we "didn't see race." This was the world of "colorblind" conservatism. I believed we lived in a post-racial world where everyone was equal and it was the quality of your character that mattered, not the color of your skin. And then I grew up, and I realized that the era of racial equality I thought I had been living in was a fairytale---a myth.We are at this moment in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin. A friend of mine … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson’s Race Problem

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Abortion is at least as great an evil for black culture as slavery was. And with that line, Doug Wilson strikes again.There are all sorts of parallels drawn between slavery and abortion in the so-called pro-life movement, some implicit and some explicit. I've heard pro-life speakers call for a second civil war, in fact, in order to "rid the country of the evil of abortion." The problem, though, is that Wilson isn't just saying that abortion is at least a great an evil for black people as s … [Read more...]

Is Creationism Racist?

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I grew up reading copious amounts of literature from Answers in Genesis and attending conferences where Ken Ham and other leading creationists were speakers. I've been to the Creation Museum, and I've been reading Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine for close to a decade now. And one thing that was drilled into me over and over again is that racism is rooted in the theory of evolution and that creationism, which teaches that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, is the antidote to … [Read more...]

The Christian Homeschool Movement and Nostalgia

Frye's Geography

When I was eight or ten, my mom was really interested in finding a particular geography book to use in homeschooling us. Frequently when we would go to a historical home or a museum, she would see it on a shelf and say "There! That's the book I want!" It was published in 1902, you see. Frye's Geography. She'd heard it promoted somewhere, at a conference or in a homeschool magazine. She eventually found it used somewhere and was thrilled. She began using it with us, and while the images were … [Read more...]


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