“You Are Not Your Own” Series: On Traditional Gender Roles and Dehumanization

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This post is part of a series called“You Are Not Your Own,” focusing on rape and sexual assault in Christian relationship/dating booksTrigger Warning for rape, sexual assault, victim blaming, and dehumanizationNote: this research mainly focused on female rape, so I am not sure if the same trends toward rape myth acceptance would apply in cases of male rape. If anyone wants to see if research has been done on that subject and report back, feel free. Though it is not the focus of my proj … [Read more...]

Is there room for other perspectives in the evangelical conversation against purity culture?

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Today, @mslooola, who I follow on the Twitters (#FF her for more great tweets on the topic, by the way--can I do #FF on a blog? Is that cheating?), tweeted her thoughts on the recent trend of evangelicals calling out Purity Culture:Now, I have a lot of friends/acquaintances who are evangelical, who are speaking out against purity culture, and whose sexual ethic (regardless of their personal convictions on when you should have sex) revolves around consent, and respect for others' autonomy … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: Violences are Connected

Back in February, Sen. Marco Rubio explained why he opposed the Violence Against Women Act: I could not support the final, entire legislation that contains new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences. Specifically, this bill would mandate the diversion of a portion of funding from domestic violence programs to sexual assault programs. Rubio has this idea, apparently, that different types of abuse have nothing to do with one another. Not a surprising conclusion in a world … [Read more...]

Must reads!

Lots of posts that I want to share this week. I hope you'll check them out, as they are all important! They discuss a wide variety of topics, from God, to rape culture, to The Wizard of Oz, to racism/homophobia, to the dangers of fraternizing with bears."For most of my Christian experience, I’ve only ever heard God described in verbs. Very busy verbs.""If you want to know why we need to educate men not to be sexually aggressive, look no further than what happened when Zerlina Maxwell went on … [Read more...]

Must Reads!

Here are some posts from the past week or so that you simply must read.[Note: Several of these have a trigger warning] Maybe I’m not outraged. I’m exhausted and open and exposed and a lot of other people are too because we are wounds that get picked at and picked at and picked at one day, there won’t be anything left to heal.When we blame women for the reactions of men – whether it is to their art, to their clothing, to their “unladylike” behavior like riding public transit after dark – we r … [Read more...]

Feminisms Fest: I need feminism because there is no love without justice.

When I heard that Preston Yancey, Danielle Vermeer, and  J.R. Goudeau were hosting a three-day blog link-up discussing feminism, my first thought was "Damn this timing." See, I was planning on dedicating these very three days to finishing the literature review for my senior research project.So, yesterday I was too busy to contribute because I was staring at a blank Microsoft Word document thinking "Fuck it, I'm going to go watch Fullmetal Alchemist."Tomorrow, I'll probably be too busy to c … [Read more...]

On being a female body at a Christian college

[I wrote recently about learning to love my body for Lent. Part of that loving so far has involved some deep contemplation about where the fear and hatred come from. And I've realized something.Part of my body hatred, and by extension part of my self hatred, comes from the fact that oppressive people have used my female body  to justifying oppressing me.I hate my body and myself because, deep down, I blame my body (and thus myself) for the ways in which I've been hurt by others.Two e … [Read more...]

Damming up justice: King David, power, and rape

As many of you know, I've been doing research on Christian dating books and their treatment of rape and sexual assault. One such book that I've been reading is the infamous I Kissed Dating Goodbye, by Joshua Harris.In one section that I found interesting, Harris is explaining that "purity does not happen by accident. After telling the story of David and Bathsheba, and reminding us that protecting our purity is a constant process, Josh Harris goes on to explain the "seductive spirit of ido … [Read more...]

Objects don’t have sex

I didn't watch the Superbowl, this year (or...any year) but conversations about Beyoncé's halftime show caught my eye. On one hand, many felt that Beyoncé's display of all-women power and sexuality was inspiring and empowering. David Henson even went so far as to call it prophetic (and I agree): It was a dance of defiance.For 14 minutes, women were owned by no one. Instead, for those few prophetic and powerful minutes, Beyoncé and the women onstage with her owned the night.Last night, men, mi … [Read more...]

Best of the week!

I didn't have time to do a "best of the week" post last week, so some of these are from last week too. Enjoy these great thoughts!Libby Anne talks about salvation anxiety over at Love, Joy, Feminism. And Amy Mitchell from Unchained Faith, along with Suzannah Paul from The Smitten Word have some insightful, bold opinions about emerging Christianity. Shay Kearns from Anarchist Reverend (a great blog that you should be reading) was ordained as an Old Catholic priest yesterday! Very excited for him. … [Read more...]


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