That’s not a slut. That’s a person.

I'm not sure what the official rules on labeling a woman a "slut" are. But let me give you a few examples of people who have "earned" the term:I know of a girl who fell in love with a boy, gave him her virginity after dating for several years, and got pregnant. Even though she had never slept with anyone else (and is now happily married to that same boy), she was labeled a slut the entire time she was pregnant.I have a friend who had never slept with anyone. She was labeled a slut because of … [Read more...]

An Egalitarian submits

I said I wasn't going to write anything this weekend, but inspiration knocked and I answered! Plus, I felt like I needed to share these thoughts with you before I could discuss my doubts about feminism and egalitarianism.Enjoy! I, Sarah Moon, the feminist, the egalitarian, the independent, 21st century woman, have a confession to make....Sometimes I clean my boyfriend's apartment.Now, if you think I do so wearing a sun dress and pearls while whistling to that song from Snow White, … [Read more...]

Crippling lies and “tennis shoes” of truth

I recall vividly the first time I tried to leave my abusive relationship with my first boyfriend.We were driving home from church and I broke up with him in the car. He became angry, threatening to drive the car off the road and kill us both. So I did the logical thing and climbed out of the car at the next stop light.I started to run away. I was sure I could out-run him and somehow find my way home once I had lost him...But I was wearing high heeled shoes.That made things difficult. I … [Read more...]

Conquering with kindness- guest post!

After reading yesterday's blog post about spiritual gifts, my anonymous male friend decided to reveal his secret identity and add his own thoughts to the discussion.Abe Kobylanski has his own blog at Images and Words. He writes about everything from bachelorhood, to sports, to that one Rob Bell book that he never read (but is still outraged by). I think you'll enjoy his witty writing style, and I hope you'll be encouraged by what he has to say!  Ahh, spiritual gifts.There … [Read more...]

The wrong spiritual gift?

Update: for anyone who'd like to read my male friend's personal thoughts on this issue, check out today's guest post: "Conquering with kindness!"I am not a fan of gender roles, as anyone who's been reading my blog lately knows. As a women, I am constantly presented with expectations that I either cannot, or do not wish to live up to.But gender roles are bad for men too.A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with a male friend of mine (who gave me permission to anonymously write about him) … [Read more...]

The problem with generalization

I have been unable to avoid thinking about the issue of gender roles in our society and in the church.A few days ago, a famous pastor posted a facebook status calling people to mock "anatomically effeminate males," and reactions to this brought up some interesting discussion in the blogging world. "What gives us the right to call a man effeminate?" people wondered. Where do our standards come from?Inspired by others (especially Tyler L. Clark and Dianna E. Anderson) who were frustrated with … [Read more...]


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