How patriarchy ‘calls into question the validity’ of a sacrament


Catholic Answers: “The reason why the question ‘Who gives this woman to this man?’ never appears in a Catholic marriage liturgy is because the freedom of both parties to marry each other is so important that any suggestion that there is a lack of freedom by the bride to enter into the marriage — that she has, instead, been ‘given’ into marriage by her father alone or by her parents together or by anyone else — could call into question the validity of the marriage.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


A long due apology from an ex-ex-gay; still waiting for a non-sectarian argument against equality; “you need to work on your marriage;” a forceful endorsement of amnesty for immigrants; wearing pants as an expression of “hostility;” doctors favor more access to health care — even for women; “Nazism, Communism, Marxism and all the ‘isms.’” [Read more...]

‘The belief that they’re entitled to control women’s bodies’


Siccing the modesty police on Beyonce won’t help to stop sex trafficking. Beyonce isn’t part of the problem. But the modesty police are. They feed the same ideology that fuels sex trafficking: “the belief that men are entitled to control women’s bodies.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture war

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Praying that someone shoots the Satanic baby-killers; policies “marked by a deep mistrust of the people they target;” They Are Coming for Your Birth Control; marriage equality and antifeminism; “I can change my sexual preference tonight if I want to;” Richard Land falls upwards; “another generation of Tony Perkinses;” “JESUS + Mary;” and a sampling of recent ethnic/gender slurs from GOP officials. [Read more...]

‘Quench not the spirit’ still not white evangelicals’ favorite Bible verse


Same 2-to-1 split. Not the same response. When the one-third minority favors patriarchy, its views are accorded a disproportionate respect — treated as equivalent to the two-thirds majority. When the one-third minority challenges patriarchy, its views are disproportionately disrespected — treated as non-existent. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Sandra M. Schneiders on why God is not a patriarch; Hillary Clinton on why empowering women is more than just a “nice thing to do;” Benjamin Franklin on the duty to pay taxes; David Badash on the libertarian mindset; and Russell Brand on the death of a little old lady. [Read more...]

Luckily, this is not difficult


A collection of Wednesday-morning links around a common theme. Unfortunately, this bunch tends more toward the disturbing, frustrating and infuriating side than toward the hopeful and inspiring side. [Read more...]

So’s your mother


I seem to have collected a bunch of links having to do with gender and such. So I might as well share them here. [Read more...]