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...]

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“Equal But Subordinate” and Soft Complementarinism

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's Words My analysis of the "Equal but Subordinate" teaching on women in Christianity seems to be turning into a series.  I didn't intend to do this, but I do believe the implications of this teaching in its various manifestations should be addressed fully.  This, then, is Part 3 (and I hope the conclusion!) … [Read more...]

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Announcements With a Little Begging on the Side

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsI’ve been kicking around the idea of a new project for a little while now, and after exploring the idea with some close friends, family, and a few of my internet peeps, I’ve decided that it might actually be a good idea and might be worth going full speed ahead with. … [Read more...]

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Part 2: Alarm Bells Start To Ring

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalAs we engaged in the journey forward, there was a strong acknowledgement of our own brokenness and our total reliance on God - which was why we obeyed when we believed God was telling us not to call another pastor (“do not to ask for a king!”). … [Read more...]

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Sexuality & Shame Part 2 – Sexperiences

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by Kaleesha Williams cross posted from her blog The Lost (and Found) Mind of Kaleesha WilliamsBy the age of thirteen I'd gleaned enough of a sex education from Stephen King books and porn magazines to start seriously writing erotic fiction.  According to the responses I received on the internet, I had found something I was very good at.It was exhilarating.  I pleased the opposite sex.  I had power. … [Read more...]

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Growing Up Duggar: Part 1 – Explanations & Humblebrag

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by Suzanne Titkemeyer cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapePages XI to XIIIf there's one thing you can count on, like the swallows returning to Capistrano yearly, it's that any book written (or ghostwritten) by the Duggar family will contain answers to viewers questions. Growing Up Duggar is no exception. The Foreword/Greetings lays this out quite quickly. "We've written this book as a way to answer some of the questions we receive in emails and letters every day" … [Read more...]

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Part 1: A New Hope

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalPlease welcome a great new addition to SASBN - Living Liminal In late 2005, after many years attendance, my husband and I left the church where we had met and been married. We left with sadness because, although we had received from this church much which was good and life-giving, we had come to realize there was no longer a place for us there. (The senior pastor, himself, had declared this to be the case during one of his Sunday morning sermons!)  We knew we were not alone - there had been a steady exodus from this church for some time. The ‘my way or the highway’ approach to church leadership does tend to create casu … [Read more...]

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There’s No Easy Way to Get “Well”

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by Lisa Kerr cross posted from her blog My Cult LifeA little more backstory on why I took an extended break from the blog:I became a recluse. I’m not about to compare myself to J.D. Salinger, but I will say I understand him. If you don’t know, he’s the author of The Catcher in the Rye. As his book’s popularity grew, Salinger withdrew from the public. He published less new work and cut off contact with people. … [Read more...]

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Nightline Prime and Purity Balls

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I’ve seen a few documentaries about “Purity Balls” (which, every time I say that, my partner sniggers and I glare at him), and some are better than others. ABC’s Nightline Prime 20-minute documentary of the Wilson’s “14th Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball” is not one of the better ones. The interviewer seemed to be either amused or baffled, and the only questions featured during the program seem to indicate a lack of awareness of what the underlying culture is– although she seemed to be catching on toward the end. … [Read more...]

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Vindicated

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Baptist Taliban and BeyondUpon hearing the news that ‘Gothard-- The Most Highly Revered and Spiritually Enlightened’ of all parenting gurus since Dr. Spock-- has allegedly... most probably. fallen for being left to his own devices, a word immediately came to my mind.Vindicated. … [Read more...]

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