Doug Wilson’s Daughters Defend Him by Attacking Rachel Held Evans

Them’s Fightin’ Words and Daddy Issues are the responses of Bekah and Rachel (Lizzie), daughters of Doug Wilson, the Christian patriarchy leader whose words were quoted in Jared C. Wilson’s ill-fated blog post. Bekah followed up hers with Splashing into it again! Let’s start with Bekah’s first post. Here are the excerpts I want to talk about: [Read More...]

Abortion, Life and Personhood: A Philosophical Experiment

A little while ago, Libby Anne at Love, Joy, Feminism posted a link to an article by Valerie Tarico on abortion: What the Right Gets Right about Abortion and the Left Doesn’t Get Abortion opponents may be driven by Iron Age sexual scripts, but they are advancing their cause primarily by appealing to universal, secular and [Read More...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: Ripping the Moorings, Part Two

My mother is stubborn. My father jokes that it’s the Polish in her (and me) that makes us clutch ideas so hard they fuse with our fingers and become permanent fists of stony resolve. This tenacity kept my mother with my father, kept her in church despite the disapproval of other women, kept her homeschooling [Read More...]

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...]

Libertarianism, Patriotism, and Starting Points: How I Apparently Became a Pinko Commie

I was seventeen when Ayn Rand captured the hearts of my best friend, Sven and his other male friend. “We’re libertarians,” they proclaimed proudly, though I had no idea what that meant. When I asked, they responded that I ought to read Atlas Shrugged, because it would open my eyes to the Way Politics Really [Read More...]

Recommended Reading: Objectification isn’t About Sex

I find it really interesting that my daily read through the blogosphere today brought up two apparently unrelated articles that echo each other. They use different examples and are written in noticeably different styles, but they nonetheless bring up the same issue and even the exact same description of the problem (bolding is mine). Both [Read More...]

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: 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...]

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...]

Sexuality Project: Sex Education and the Body, 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. Sex Education and the Body 2. How did your parents and/or church respond to your questions [Read More...]


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