Some Humans Are More Equal Than Others: Joshua Harris on Male Authority and Female Submission

I'm doing a short series on some examples of the way that complementarians claim to promote equality for women....but don't. You can read the introduction here. The first complementarian leader I'd like to discuss in this series is Joshua Harris. Like many ex-fundamentalists and evangelicals, I read one of his books in college (Boy Meets Girl) and still have some issues because of it.And now, for research purposes, I am reading another Joshua Harris book (I Kissed Dating Goodbye) and t … [Read more...]

Some humans are more equal than others: Introduction

Complementarian evangelical leaders like to pretend that their view of women is something other than exactly what it sounds like. They like to pretend that feminists (with our silly, womanly emotions) are just overreacting, misunderstanding, or twisting their words."Real" complementarians practice godly, Christ-like leadership. They don't dominate or abuse their wives. Feminists just don't understand what's really good for them--they don't understand that complementarianism isn't about a … [Read more...]

Best of the Week!

Here are a few things from this past week that really shouldn't be missed!I'll start with one of the most beautiful things I've read in a long time: "The Body I Have," by Dani Kelley And then she wrote this follow-up piece. Damn girl! Woman of Valor, indeed! "Existential perfection, problematic cultural systems, and being okay."This Tumblr is more than a week old, but, especially if you frequent the comment sections of Christian blogs, you need to check it out: "When In Comment S … [Read more...]

The privilege of purity

I've spoken some about the purity movement on this blog. I grew up in it, and even when I still considered myself an evangelical Christian, I saw how much harm it had caused in my life.I've written before about how I "lost" the right to call myself pure because of sexual assault and later because of my own decisions. I've written about how dehumanizing the purity movement is toward people like me.But not everyone has to "do" something, or have something done to them to be considered impure b … [Read more...]

No, REALLY, I’m happy.

Yesterday, I wrote about how, for the first time in a long time, I really do feel happy.Funny, though, how the happier I get the more people insist that I'm not happy at all. I get that a lot. "You've become so miserable and bitter."..."Ever since you left church [read: the fundamentalist church] you've just been miserable."..."Remember when you loved Jesus and church and you were so happy?"..."You've just become an angry feminist! Can't you just enjoy your life?"Last year at this time I … [Read more...]


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