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...]

Modesty, Body Policing and Rape Culture: Connecting the Dots

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by SierraDefinition: The “modesty doctrine” is the belief that women need to cover their bodies to prevent men from being attracted to them, because sexual attraction is lust that leads to sin and death for both.  The modesty doctrine is not the same as … [Read more...]

Saturday Shock & Sadness: December 15, 2012

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As you know we usually post a list of news links having to do with fundamentalism, quiverfull, or patriarchal subjects on Saturdays. Not today though.While the events of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut unfolded many of us could not look away from the media … [Read more...]

Emotional Control: Mandatory Happiness Makes Me Sad

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by SierraI recently joined Pinterest. I resisted for a little while, like I always do, but eventually decided that it would be a convenient way to store ideas for home decorating (I just moved house) and wedding planning (for next fall). The result was my sudden … [Read more...]

The Incredible Helplessness of Men: Lust Edition, Epilogue

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by Sierra Following up my last post about the John Edwards and Rielle Hunter affair, have a look at some of the comments on the article I cited. Gross. Her skin is pasty, not attractive, especially when paired with a white bathing suit. … [Read more...]

The Incredible Helplessness of Men: Lust Edition

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by Sierra(Editorial note: I went into Sierra's blog to get a few of her The Sexuality Project posts to reblog here at NLQ and ran across this. While the Edwards-Hunter scandal is now old news the lie accepted by the world and patriarchy that men cannot control their sexual selves needs to be exposed. The deeper truth is that this is another one of those lies patriarchy … [Read more...]

A Fundamentalist Christian Paradox? “Love is an Action, Not a Feeling” vs. “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

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by SierraA comment on Libby Anne’s blog recently got me thinking about love, and what it means to fundamentalist Christians. The comment went like this: You’re forgetting that love has nothing to do with our actions, it’s a feeling that can be arbitrarily asserted to make anything okay. The problem is, that’s the opposite … [Read more...]

I Voted! (Suck it, Mr. Branham.)

by SierraI voted. Deal with it.Growing up fundamentalist, I was reminded on a near monthly basis that I shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It was inescapable. Central to the Message of the Hour theology was a set of seven prophecies by William Branham that were supposed to usher in the end of the world. My church vigilantly watched, alongside its sister churches, for an earthquake to topple Los Angeles and for a Roman Catholic takeover of the US economy. Amidst all this doomsdaying was a more personal attack: the “evil” of women’s suffrage. … [Read more...]

Jeremy Lott, Rachel Held Evans, and Taboos in the Evangelical Christian Culture Industry

by SierraIn the attempt to track down sales figures for the evangelical Christian marriage book market, I found the following article by Jeremy Lott. He originally wrote it in 2003, but recently reposted it on his blog. The article discusses the range of products that make up the Christian culture market, including books. I think it’s worthwhile to look at Christian culture as an industry, the same way we look at Hollywood. The booksellers, music labels and product manufacturers are … [Read more...]


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