What I’d Like to See From Hollywood

How about a strong female lead that isn't 'evil' or a 'princess'?

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from blog Wordgazer's WordsThis week I came across an interesting article, We're Losing All Our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome.  The author, Tasha Robinson, names this Hollywood phenomenon after the female character "Trinity" in The Matrix: [T]he Strong Female Character With Nothing To Do [like Valka in DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2] is becoming more and more common. The Lego Movie is the year’s other most egregious and frustrating example. It introduces its female lead, Elizabeth Banks’ Wyldstyle, as a beautiful, super-powered, super-smart, ultra-confident heroine who’s appalled by how dumb and hapless protagonist Emmet is. Then the … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Bitter, Critical Woman

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 178—180This section is weird for me. Why? Because, well, I found myself agreeing with it, for the most part. And not just that, but I found it speaking to my own personal life and experiences. This week we are looking at a letter, and the one sentence of commentary Debi attaches to it. This is still in the chapter on women loving their children, which make it odd, because at first glance (and second glance, and third glance) it has very little to do with, well, women loving their children. But enough of this introduction. Let’s have a look, shall we? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Bitter Rooms or Silencing Techniques?

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from Growing Up Duggar page 155 Harmful GossipOne other big issue we've witnessed in the social media world is that some people get hooked on reading gossip and then post their own slanderous statements about others, whom they sometimes don't even know. Or they post something they would never say to that person face-to-face. It comes across as though those posters have nothing better to do with their time. … [Read more...]

This is What Child Abusers Look Like in Homeschooling Communities

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousWe like to think that we know what child abusers look like. That we can pick them out of the crowd based on their creepy mustaches, darkly-tinted cargo vans, or their giant, thick-rimmed glasses.But those stereotypes are just that: stereotypes.And like all stereotypes, they fall tragically short. The fact is, child abusers are not Others. They do not walk around with signs that say, “Monster.” They are able to violate our trust — and children’s lives and bodies and minds — because we trust them. Which means they have our trust, because they are a part of our community. They are friends and family and teachers and loved ones … [Read more...]

Brave New Life: Part 5: Tolerance

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To LiveThis post is part of a series, to start with the introduction, please click here.Mere weeks after the phone call that prompted the silence between me and my parents, I received a card from them for Haley and my wedding Anniversary, along with a beautiful queen size quilt. Any other time I would have been thrilled to get them, in the wake of our interaction it just made me feel confused. If they were this upset with me, and did not approve of my marriage, than why the affirmation of it with a card and gift? I couldn’t bring myself to use the quilt, it felt so dirty somehow to put a blanket on our bed when it had been sent by peop … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: What Happens to the Preyed Upon?

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Remember that awful mea culpa of the youth pastor who'd been caught committing statutory rape with girl at his church as published in Christianity Today? The furor was so immediate and passionate that the story was eventually removed from all media outlets that published it.Now someone who was taken advantage by a youth pastor as an under legal age young woman with body image issues has stepped forward to tell what it's like to be on the receiving end of a sexual predator in t … [Read more...]

It Would Have Been Easier

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am PhoenixIt would have been easier if my father had just been a regular old sicko who committed incest. I think I wouldn't have been as mad if he was just a regular joe pervert who also was abusive.It’s the way he used Christianity as his cover to hide the abuse, as well as using Christianity as his weapon to threaten us into not speaking of it, that makes me angry. Also, that he had all of us believing that the abuse was God approved makes me even angrier. … [Read more...]

Christian Reconstruction, ATI, Abuse and Submission: Modesty and Lust Part 6

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by SJ Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoNOTE:  For more information on fashion during the Biblical era, The Far Right’s Manly, Sexy Jesus.  For a history of the period, in perspective:  Part I: Jerry Boykin’s Homo-Erotic Tribute to Manly Men also has a brief fashion history of the Jewish people.   Part II: Jerry Boykin’s Homo-Erotic Tribute to Manly Men contains a short history of bathing and cleanliness of the ancient Hebrews. Part III: Jerry Boykin’s Homo-Erotic Tribute to Manly Men is about soap, water, deodorant, and the basics of the ancient bath in relationship to the Judeans during the time of Christ. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: God Will Provide Enough For A Baby If You Just ‘Trust’ Enough?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Why Are We Scared? Why are we so scared to trust God? Why are we so scared to trust Him with our lives when He is the God of the universe? Why do we think we can make better decisions than God when He is Omniscient (all-wise and all-knowing)? I'm not condemning you; I am guilty, too. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: The Four Points of Obedience For The Duggar Kids?

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From page 44 of the book "Growing Up Duggar" in a section on why children being obedient in all things to the parents is important. Obedience must be:Instant. We answer with an immediate, prompt, "Yes ma'am!" or "Yes, sir!" as we set out to obey. (This response is important to let the authority know you heard what he or she asked you to do and that you are going to get it done as soon as possible.) Delayed obedience is really disobedience. Cheerful.  No grumbling or complaining. Instead, we respond with a cheerful "I'd be happy to!" Thorough. We do our best, complete the task as explained, and leave nothing out. No lazy shortcuts! Unconditional. No excuses,. No, 'That's not my … [Read more...]


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