Good tidings of great joy

At yesterday's annual family Christmas gathering, my mom was asked to do the impossible: gather up my younger cousins and get them to sit still long enough for her to tell them the Christmas story. And, being the super woman that she is, she accomplished this task with seeming ease. She managed to capture the undivided attention of those eight rambunctious little boys and explain to them the beautiful message of Luke 2.She closed with: "When I see those beautiful, shining lights on the C … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from the Moons!

I will be enjoying the holiday festivities for the next couple of days, so for all my readers out there, Merry Christmahanukkwanzolstice, from the Moon family. And a happy Gregorian Calendar New Year!I hope everyone has a great couple of days! Until next time, what are your favorite things about your favorite December holiday? … [Read more...]

Got milk?

"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?"A lovely little phrase. I first heard it while reading a Christian dating book (a book that was "accidentally destroyed maliciously," which is unfortunate, because it was filled with enough awfulness to give me blog material for years) that my mother bought me in high school. I know my dear mother did not read this book before she handed it to me, otherwise she would have maliciously destroyed it herself.Unfortunately, that deplorable book … [Read more...]

So, what about the men?

1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18.*1 in 33 men will be experience completed or attempt rape in his lifetime.*52% of gay men will experience coercion from a partner*22% of male prison inmates will be raped during their incarceration**Out of all the victims of murder by an intimate partner, about 1/4 are male.***Even as victims, men who leave abusive female partners have a high risk of losing custody of their children.****And, even though it is estimated that men make up … [Read more...]

How does inequality hurt men?

My previous post was a release of all the sarcastic comments that I have been holding inside since I became a feminist. It was a response to every negative comment that I received because of making that decision. I wanted to express my frustrations that so many people don't believe feminism is relevant, that so many people think that women are now equal to men or even the new oppressors of men. That so many people believe equality is a zero-sum game.And I think some people missed the point.I … [Read more...]

Crisis Alert! Men are doomed!

Note: Some people have spoken to me about being confused about my intent in this blog post. I would like to clarify that this is not an attack on the legitimate struggles that men face because of inequality. This is an expression of my frustration toward a culture that claims female advancement must be suppressed because it is contributing to the "downfall of men." For more information, read my latest blog post. Thank you, and I'm sorry for any lack of clarity! CRISIS ALERT!That's right. W … [Read more...]

Stop breaking off pieces of yourself in the name of Biblical manhood or womanhood!

"Play your position!"I've read this illustration many times: " If a goalie on the soccer team spends all his energy trying to score a goal, he hurts his team because he's not playing his position."True, true. Great advice.But then they continue. They always continue. "You're a woman. You don't need to be doing man's work. You'll hurt your family if you're out pursuing a PhD instead of caring for your children. You'll hurt your family if you are being ambitious toward your own goals rather … [Read more...]

Start giving a damn!

Yesterday I wrote about how I stopped letting the fear of getting a "bad reputation" run my life. Like Joan Jett, I stopped giving a damn. But when I learned to stop giving a damn, I also learned to start giving a damn.I learned to start giving a damn about the people that society/church told me to avoid, even when it hurts my social status.I learned to start giving a damn about injustice and inequality, even when it caused controversy.I learned to start giving a damn about the difficult … [Read more...]

Stop giving a damn!

This morning, I counted how many days it's been since I last wrote something.Six days.Six long days where I was unable to write.At first, I wondered if I've had writer's block. But, no. I've had so many ideas for blog posts lately that my brain can hardly juggle them all. No, writer's block isn't the problem.The problem is that I started giving a damn.Like most people, I spent the majority of my life giving a damn what people thought about me. I wanted to be liked. I wanted to be … [Read more...]

Continued thoughts on Nice Guy Syndrome

I recently wrote a post about Harold Lauder, a character from Stephen King's The Stand. I mentioned that Harold has a thing called "Nice Guy Syndrome."One criticism of that post came from a man who complained, "Can't be nice, can't be a jerk! It's tough being a male!"I'm truly sorry if anyone else got the vibe from my last post that I don't like nice guys. That wasn't my intent. In fact, I love nice guys. I'm dating one. I appreciate any man who goes out of his way to be kind to others. I am … [Read more...]


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