CTBHHM: Don’t Talk To Me About Pain!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 168—170 We’re still in Debi’s chapter on love sex, remember. In case you’re wondering, there will be two more weeks of devoted to this chapter. Next week will cover a few more letters from fans, and the week after will cover “sexual perversions.” So, let’s get started on this week’s section! Trigger warning for abuse and marital rape. In this section, Debi explains sex and men’s need for it—and women’s “duty” to provide it—and it’s not pretty. … [Read more...]

Stand Up and Speak Your Truth

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix I have always had a hard time standing up for myself. I chalk it up to the way I grew up. I grew up in a cult where women and children weren't allowed to speak up for themselves, especially when we were abused. We weren't allowed to ask "Why?" even in a quiet voice. We were to take abuse quietly, submissively, like Godly females would. Otherwise, all hell would break loose. So, my sisters and I grew up with blank, obedient minds. We were trained to obey male authority without question, and we had a healthy fear of the chain of command above us. We were Godly, submissive sheep who obeyed at the blink of an eye. We grew up with no defenses … [Read more...]

News: For Extreme Evangelical Street Preachers, Shouting Controversial Sermons is a Family Affair

From ABC News with video available at ABC's website - For Extreme Evangelical Street Preachers, Shouting Controversial Sermons is a Family Affair     Extreme Evangelical Family Believes in Starting Street Sermons Young         For Susanna LaVelle's parents, watching their 11-year-old daughter make her big debut was a moment of heart-swelling pride. But the LaVelles weren't attending a child's soccer game or ballet recital. They were gathered outside of a sports arena in Spokane, Wash., for their favorite pastime -- preaching from the … [Read more...]

Part 3: Things Come to a Head

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living Liminal Things came to a head a couple of months later when the church was invited to participate in an annual prayer event. It seemed like a no-brainer, yet after praying about it, both elder M and I felt unaccountably uneasy. Elder R was overseas at the time (an increasingly regular reality) and was happy to abide by the decision of rest of the team. Elder J, however, was insistent we participate and after several quite painful communications between the three of us, declared his intention of announcing our involvement to the rest of the church that Sunday. I was beside myself by this time! … [Read more...]

Then and Now

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix I'm becoming more and more aware that I don't need to "aware" of my beliefs in order for them to affect my life. My beliefs shape the way my life is branching out right at this very moment, even if many of these beliefs were formed many years ago and I don't give them much thought today. … [Read more...]

Why Purity Culture Doesn’t Teach Consent

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I’m a Star Trek fan, and yes– it’s related. I grew up watching Star Trek loyally, and I’m pretty sure Captain Kathryn Janeway is one of the few reasons why I managed to be somewhat normal. So, when Enterprise began airing, I watched every single episode, and Phlox, a Denobulan doctor, quickly became one of my favorites. “The Breach” is one of the few episodes dedicated to his character, and it explores an ethical dilemma: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Taking Feminist Positions When Convenient: Cognitive Dissonance Much?

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by Kathleen Sloan (Board member National Organization for Women) and Jennifer Lahl (Founder and president of Center for Bioethics and Culture) posted at Ladies Against Feminism and Twin Cities.com - Inconvenient Truths About Commercial Surrogacy It’s time for the shenanigans and propaganda to stop and for the inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy to be told. … [Read more...]

Slouching Towards Bethlehem & Other Thoughts

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Our founder Vyckie Garrison and NLQ got a nice mention in a Huffington Post Article written by Clay Farris Naff  - Slouching Towards Bethelem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism The article nicely ties together some of the ongoing news stories involving world politics with religion, putting together the puzzle pieces in a way not many have considered. Very good read. … [Read more...]

News: Christian Right Mega-Church Minister Faces Mega-Mutiny For Abusive Behavior

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from Alter Net Calvinist super-star Mark Driscoll is the iconic figure at the heart of a church empire that spans five states and fifteen locations. Founder of the Mars Hill franchise, Driscoll boasts a flock of 14,000 members plus hundreds of thousands of listeners and readers via web and print media, including, until last month, 466,000 followers on Twitter alone. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Lesbian Sex is Like Esau How?

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by John Piper from his blog Desiring God - Lesbian Sex, HIV, Esau and Christ The Insanity of Sin Esau “sold his birthright for a single meal” (Hebrews 12:16). This is insane. His desire for food had made him irrational: “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” (Genesis 25:32). Besides the spiritual aspects of primogeniture, the firstborn was to receive twice the inheritance of other brothers (Deuteronomy 21:17). … [Read more...]


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