Ordeal of the Bitter Waters Part Three

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsThis is simply my story of how I became pro-choice. I’m not writing this to convince anyone– it was a journey that took years, and what convinced me may not convince anyone else. I believe that writing my story for you is important; in all the reading I did during those years, I only found one person who was willing to explain what she had been through. Hearing her story helped me process what I was going through. I hope it does the same for someone else. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Quiverfull Adherents Not Christians?

by Joe Furches of Examiner.com - Former member of the "Quiverfull" movement talks about her journey to AtheismPastor Gervase Nicholas Edward Charmley, a frequent commentator on “Fighting for the Faith,” said this in their response to Vykie’s story: “[Quiverfull appears to be] a group that by any objective, historical measure, was never a Christian church, but some small and heterodox sect. … [Read more...]

Ordeal of the Bitter Waters Part 2

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons For this series, I’m going to be monitoring the comments a little more closely than I ordinarily do. I haven’t gotten any comments that I’ve needed to moderate, yet, but I am discussing an incredibly charged issue. I will not tolerate any personal attacks– on me or anyone else. Also, I am not really writing this series to convince anyone. This series is about my story– the road I traveled that brought me to this point. … [Read more...]

Ordeal of the Bitter Waters: Part 1

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons trigger warning for rape and abortion My heart was in my throat, my fingers floating over the refresh button on my twitter feed. I was curled up under a gigantic down-alternative comforter, huddled under the half-tent I’d made on the floor of my bathroom. Hours went by as I watched what was happening– the strikes, the interruptions. In the last few minutes I joined with thousands of other voices shouting and screaming, a cacophonous din stretching over the internet, across twitter mentions and live feeds. Together, we watched the underhanded attempt at deceiving an entire country of watching people. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Is Homemade Porn Between Married Partners Okay?

by Doug Wilson from his blog Blog & Mablog - Home Made Porn And last, I want to address the pornification of modern life — and assume in the thought experiment that “secure means” really is possible. If it were possible to guard against voyeurism with the same degree of security that your bedroom lock and curtains provide, would it be lawful then? I don’t think it is possible, but what if it were? I would want to answer the same way I did in the second category above. It is wise to be wary. … [Read more...]

Racism, Colorblindness and Me

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's Words"Stop staring!  What's the matter with you?"I was about six years old, living in a smallish town in Colorado.  One Sunday afternoon we went to a park in a nearby larger town.  An African-American family had also brought their children to the park, and they were playing on the children's play equipment.My eyes were riveted.  I couldn't look away. … [Read more...]

The Psychological Cost of not Being Provided For

By Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemChildren not getting what they want certainly does not constitute child maltreatment, and historically isn't uncommon. The societal construct of childhood has changed several times in last few centuries, with ebbs and flows in the level of freedoms, rights, and responsibilities children have at various … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Family Finances

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons Occasionally during the course of her book, Helen gives her readers practical, “down-to-earth” level advice. This is one of those chapters, which is dedicated to telling women how they can help their husbands by “developing the womanly art of thrift.” … [Read more...]

Chewed Up and Spit Out

by Mari cross posted from her blog Mari's MusesSome people won’t be gotten along with.It’s not that you aren’t trying hard enough.It’s not that you can’t be gotten along with.It’s not that there’s something wrong with you.Some people choose to not be gotten along with. * * * * * … [Read more...]

Laughter is Good Medicine: Connecting the President to the Religious Right

Another posting on playing the 5 Degrees game, sometimes known as the Kevin Bacon game, that links two very different people, places or things within 5 steps.Because of the government shutdown that is affecting many people throughout the country today's linkage is between President Barack Obama and the Religious Right, two very close to opposite positions.The pictures I'm using to illustrate my point are supposed to be parody, most used from recent Mad magazine postings on Facebook. Let's take a look, shall we? … [Read more...]


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