Sexism, Judgement Day and Forgetting as a Survival Tool

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by Sierra cross posted from her blog the phoenix and olive branchSometimes, my mind goes through a litany of abuse that I can’t stop. From my father’s intimidation to the men in trucks who ran me off the road … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

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by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances that led to my cutting ties completely with the church ranged from financial to emotional to practical to ideological. There’s not a clear, linear story from here on out, just a constellation. But I’ve decided that it’s high time to tie up the loose ends and explain how, exactly, I cut and run.When I first went to college, my mother still picked me up for our weekly drive to church. In fact, the first … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy, epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

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by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances … [Read more...]

Sunday Challenge – How Has Your Self Body Image Changed?

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Introducing the NLQ Sunday Challenge!What it's all about is you, you writing in and sharing your take on the topic picked for the week, sharing your hard earned wisdom with others. Just write up as little or as much as you feel like saying on that subject, email it to … [Read more...]

We are not the enemies of our best selves

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by SierraI’ve spent the past few years very plugged in to social justice media. When I get my news, for good or ill, it’s about the progress or regress of the social issues I care about. The rest of the time, I don’t pay attention. Issues that don’t elicit an intellectual or emotional response in me don’t rise to the surface, because they don’t show up on the blogs I read or the … [Read more...]

Are you part of the pants, pants revolution?

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by Sierra2012-13 is the Winter of the Pants. Will you join the party?On December 16, 2012, Mormon feminists declared Wear Pants to Church Day, inviting participants to, well, wear pants to church, ‘in solidarity with those of us who seek gender equality everywhere, including the LDS church. And when … [Read more...]

Prospect.org: Purity Culture is Rape Culture

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by SierraTrigger warning: The linked article contains a graphic description of gang rape. In fact, the warning applies to all of the links in this post.E.J. Graff at The American Prospect writes, in Purity Culture is Rape Culture: Too many people still conceive of rape as a man’s overwhelming urge to enjoy the body of a woman who has provoked him by being attractive and within reach. As is true in many “traditional” … [Read more...]

We thought modesty made us timeless

by SierraI grew up wearing “holiness.” I’ll wait for a moment so you can finish making jokes. You know you want to.Holiness hair in action.Usually associated with Pentecostals, “holiness” dress has several elements: … [Read more...]

Modesty, Body Policing and Empowerment: The Hijab (Part One)

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by SierraThe Guardian recently published an article by Nadiya Takolia titled “The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women.” It’s far from the first of its kind; indeed, the Muslim feminist blogosphere is really … [Read more...]

Christianity and Christian Patriarchy are not the same thing

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by SierraA moment of clarification: If you read my previous post and thought I was issuing a call to arms against the Christian religion, please be aware of this distinction. The Christian Patriarchy movement is a … [Read more...]


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