Can you TELL? or, Lies I Believed About Women’s Reproduction

by Sierra Contrary to the popular Shakira song, hips totally do lie. Ever since Todd Akin’s remarks about women’s bodies’ magical powers to repel the sperm of rapists sent echoes of shock reverberating through the mainstream media, pieces of similar doctrines have bubbled back up into my memory. Akin’s views did not surprise me, as they did not surprise other bloggers who study the Religious Right. Instead, his assertions reminded me just how much liberty fundamentalist Christians take with scientific and medical matters, and how willingly some of them abuse their authority as pastors to spread misinformation about the natural world. In a 1962 sermon called Oneness, William … [Read more...]


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