Strong Women: Weightlifting and Sports are a Great Solution to the Modesty Problem

Possible trigger warning: This post contains some profanity, and is written for those members of my audience whose physical abilities allow them to play active sports or lift heavy weights, especially women interested in trying weight lifting. I’ve often remarked on the way the modesty doctrine made me think of my body as a decoration [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Romantic Relationships, Q. 3

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. Romantic Relationships 3. How did your fundamentalist upbringing or training impact your own sexual identity and/or [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Romantic Relationships, Q. 2

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. Romantic Relationships 2. Did your beliefs about sexuality change after marriage or beginning a relationship? If [Read More...]

Wifely Submission and Honoring, Cherishing and Loving Your Wife as Your Own Body

Leaders of the Christian Patriarchy Movement and their disciples (minor pastors who covet their attention) will say a lot of things to sugarcoat wifely submission. Complementarians say that true contentment comes from submitting to your God-given role as an obedient helper to your husband. That women who feel unfulfilled need only to submit to their [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Romantic Relationships, 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. Romantic Relationships 1. What were you taught to expect in a romantic relationship and/or marriage? How [Read More...]

The Incredible Helplessness of Men: Lust Edition, Epilogue

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. (Under the jump.) [Read more...]

Dear Evangelicals: Stop Talking about a “Culture of Death”

I am pro-choice. I don’t revel in death. I don’t advocate for it. I don’t long for it, idolize it, wait for it, or dwell on it. I have loved people who have died. They are perpetually in my thoughts. But not because of their deaths – because of their lives. So quit telling me [Read More...]

The Incredible Helplessness of Men: Lust Edition

I just accidentally ran across this piece of weird voyeurism on the internet. (How I got there? I can’t even remember.) The body that drove John Edwards mad: Rielle Hunter struts in her swimsuit Now, before you tell me that the Daily Mail is a piece of trash: The Daily Mail is a piece of [Read More...]

Modesty, Body Policing and Empowerment: The Hijab (Part Two)

Note: This is my second post in response to Nadiya Takolia’s article in the Guardian. Read the first one here. Today I want to discuss two problems with Takolia’s narrative about the hijab as a feminist, empowering device. The first has already been pointed out, but I want to reiterate it because it’s important: Takolia [Read More...]

Azizatu Nafsiha: Suffering Doesn’t Make You Special, It Just Makes You Miserable

Saliha has written another great post that resonates with me as a former Christian fundamentalist. Suffering Doesn’t Make You Special, It Just Makes You Miserable One of the ways those who benefit from religious oppression are able to nurture and sustain oppressive social structures (like male supremacy/patriarchy) is by convincing the oppressed that their suffering is both [Read More...]


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