Avoiding Rape-Adjacent Sex

From Strong Female Protagonist

I've seen a bunch of pieces about California's proposed Yes-Means-Yes law (which only applies to public college disciplinary hearing, not criminal standards), saying that the proposed law, requiring affirmative consent, isn't realistic.  Sex is too ambiguous for students to be confident, in any given hookup, whether they're having kosher sex or committing rape in the eyes of the law.I do believe them that there's plenty of sex happening now, that isn't experienced as rape by either partner, t … [Read more...]

The Ahistorical Pharisee [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.The most striking line I found in this week's meditation from Pope Francis came as he discussed the righteous Pharisee (the one from Luke 18:9-14). Prayer is born out of history and life.  To pray is to reread in the light of faith … [Read more...]

7QT: Community, Codes, and Canadian Smugglers

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--- 1 ---Exciting news, everyone!  Eve Tushnet's first book, Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith is out now!First of all, if you've been spending any time reading the Synod relatio and all the breatheless commentary thereof, may I recommend that you try reading this book instead?  Eve's book is about one-third memoir and two-thirds thoughtful reflections on what vocations of self-gift and love make sense to offer to queer people (and other Cath … [Read more...]

Gradualism in the Gym and the Bedroom

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A number of responses written to the recent Synod have been focused on the merits and drawbacks of a gradualist approach to sin and error.  Gradualism is usually understood as asking people to make small changes, as they try to come back into communion with the church, even if that means praising people for making a change that still involves a serious sin, just one that's smaller in degree than their old habit.  It's a way of making sure you're welcoming people into a hospital for sinners, r … [Read more...]

Update on Vaccination/Fundraising Drive!

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Yowza, you guys!  One week ago I asked you to let me know if you'd gotten a flu shot and, in return, I promised to make a donation for every needle jab and mist poof that you guys had gone through in the name of herd immunity.I promised you that I'd donate $5 per vaccination to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (one of GiveWell's top-rated medical charities).That way, the local good we're doing, by building up herd immunity in our local communities, gets to trigger good works for … [Read more...]

Minimizing the Weight of Mercy [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter, Pope Francis discusses Job and says that, once Job entered into the depth of his suffering, Job was uniquely ready to address God, if only because his need went beyond what the wise men of his community coul … [Read more...]

7QT: Devil in the Details (of stings, languages, and surgery)

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--- 1 --- Happy Sukkot, to any readers who are celebrating!  Here's a delightfully silly relyricization for the holidays.This reminds me of the last time I went to a Sukkot celebration, and after our friend celebrated by shaking the lulav in the appropriate six directions, there was a tipsy suggestion from the crowd to shake it in eleven directions like a string theorist.  (Though, I suppose, to be truly analogous, the suggestion should have been to shake it in twenty directions, su … [Read more...]


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