It’s Not That Complicated: Part 4 Chapter 6

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book are in blue textLast section in Chapter Six!  Yay!Overarching Themes:You've probably become afraid of dressing attractively since you read the section on modesty. … [Read more...]

Godly Gertrude and the Harding University Dress Code

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserThis graphic perfectly illustrates the puritanical culture found in many Evangelical churches. Women are considered lust magnets, sure to attract weak, pathetic Christian men who have little control over their sexual desires. Starting with primary school age, females are taught to never, ever expose any of the sexual parts of their bodies–breasts, cleavage, bare shoulders, legs, and ass. In other words, girls and women are expected to dress similar to burka-wearing Muslims. The only difference is the head covering. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: LAF Thinks Boys Should Be Allowed To Develop Neanderthal Ideas About Girls?

by Dan Bell at The Telegraph as quoted at Ladies Against Feminism - We must stop indoctrinating boys in feminist ideologyEditor's note: This is exactly what it looks like when men and women support and promote the long-standing Rape Culture in patriarchal theology. It's the flip side of their purity culture -- Don't wear anything that tempts a man into lust, but if you do he's allowed to rape you. Is it really a bad thing to teach our children from a young age that no one is owed sex from anyone else? … [Read more...]

Dear Christian Woman: Is Your Facebook Profile Photo Causing Men to Lust?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserFundamentalist Christians rarely miss an opportunity to point out ANOTHER behavior that is a sin or causes others to sin.Several years ago, Trisha Ramos  wrote: … [Read more...]

The Tullian and Kim Tchividjian Sex Scandal, A Reminder That Pastors Are Just Like The Rest Of Us

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserAnother big name Evangelical pastor has resigned over having a sexual affair. Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin), grandson of Billy Graham and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, resigned after his affair became public. Tchividjian released the following statement to The Washington Post: … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Do Fundamentalists Obsess About Modesty?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.First we have many different ladies and ministries calling modesty anything from floor length skirts to blending with the crowd in such a way that doesn't draw attention to yourself. Of course, in some Muslim countries modesty is defined by the burqa, but in fundamentalist Christianity modesty is a sliding scale, whatever your pastor decrees. Knee to collar bone covered with no short sleeves? Mennonite caped dresses disguising the shape of the breasts and bottom? Denim skirts and loose tees? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Even Completely Covering Up Can Be Immodest?

by Christy Peterson from A Lovely Calling - ModestyEditor's note: So now extremist Christianity and Quiverfull are seeking to move the goalposts yet again on modesty? It's not enough to cover up almost completely, you now cannot wear anything that makes you stand out or draws attention to you. But isn't that what many of the adherents to the Christian modesty people do, stand out from the crowd as oddly dressed? So confusing. … [Read more...]

Created To Need A Help Meet – Anticipation (Michael Talks About Sex)

by Aletha cross posted from her blog Yllom Mormon(Trigger warning for that awful honeymoon story of crabs and abuse)*I plan on posting these reviews on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  It's a lot at once, but reading this is like walking through mud.  Mud that gets stuck in my head and makes me question my marriage.  So I'm trying to get through this as quickly as possible.Pages 15-20 … [Read more...]

Pastor Bob Gray Sr. Pines for the 1950s

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserLast year, Bob Gray Sr., retired pastor of Longview Baptist Temple in Longview, Texas, took to his blog pulpit to whine and complain about church women no longer obeying Deuteronomy 22:5: The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God. That’s right, Brother Bob is upset about Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church women wearing pants. Of all the things a pastor could or should be worried about, Gray is concerned about women wearing what he perceives to be men’s clothing. Gray write … [Read more...]

Thou Shalt Not Touch: The Six Inch Rule

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserImagine for a moment, that you are sitting in the pew of an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church. You are 16 years old and sitting next to you is your 17-year-old girlfriend. Like normal teenagers, you are sitting as close as possible to your girlfriend and you are holding hands.The pastor is getting ready to preach and he asks everyone to turn to 1 Corinthians 7:1,2. With a thunderous voice, the pastor says, THE BIBLE SAYS: … [Read more...]


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