The Duggar Family Doesn’t Go to the Beach, and Why That’s Bad for Their Kids

This just in from the Department of Unintended Irony: Michelle Duggar makes a public statement about modesty, just to be sure you know how modest they are – too modest for the beach – in case you were straining your neck looking for their modest stairstep children in the crowd while you immodestly sunned your heathen [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Peer Group, Q. 1

This is an installment of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project. You can read the full list of questions here and the posting plan here. The first six participants whose stories I’ll be posting are Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. Peer Group 1. Growing up, did you (a) identify as gay, lesbian, bi or trans, or [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Sex Education and the Body, Q. 7

This is an installment of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project. You can read the full list of questions here and the posting plan here. The first six participants whose stories I’ll be posting are Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. Sex Education and the Body 7. What were you taught about LGBTQ issues? Looking back, what [Read More...]

The Phoenix and Olive Branch: What’s in a Name?

What kind of obscure title is that, anyway? What does it mean? It’s a symbol of the way my thinking has changed since leaving fundamentalism. Let me explain. I was raised to be a dove. Gentle, innocent, inoffensive. Daughters of Christian Patriarchy must be meek, obedient, quiet, modest and pleasant. Submissive. Nurturing. Smiling. At all [Read More...]

Evangelical Christian Textbooks, Indoctrination and Non-Learning

Gwen Sharp at Sociological Images recently published this post about evangelical Christian textbooks: A Close Look at Some Evangelical Textbooks An excerpt from Gwen’s post: Humans and dinosaurs co-existed. God designed “checks and balances” to prevent environmental crises, so chill! After all, “Roses are red, violets are blue; they both grow better with more CO2.” [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Sex Education and the Body, Q. 6

This is an installment of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project. You can read the full list of questions here and the posting plan here. The first six participants whose stories I’ll be posting are Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. Sex Education and the Body 6. When and how did you first hear about LGBTQ identities? [Read More...]

Survival Songs: Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway

This is part of a series of songs with excerpts of lyrics I’ve found relevant to leaving fundamentalism. Lyrics below the jump. [Read more...]

Sexuality Project: Sex Education and the Body, Qs. 3, 4 and 5

This is an installment of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project. You can read the full list of questions here and the posting plan here. The first six participants whose stories I’ll be posting are Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. Sex Education and the Body 3. What kind of sex education did you receive, if any? [Read More...]

Things I Love About Being a Millennial

I didn’t anticipate the outpouring of energy I’d see on all sides after my response to David McCullough’s commencement speech. It’s been a very interesting 48 hours! Following up that post, I want to talk about good inheritances: things that the parents and grandparents of the Millennials did right. My original response to McCullough was [Read More...]

Libby Anne reviews Brave, and comes to different conclusions

Libby Anne at Love, Joy, Feminism reviewed Pixar’s Brave right after I did. Apparently, we saw it at the same time! Check out her review here: A Brave Review: My baggage gets in the way I always find it really interesting when Libby and I come to different conclusions about popular media or issues, given that [Read More...]


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