April 25, 2016

I’m not worried about my first grade daughter using the bathroom at the same time as a trans woman. I’m worried about my teenage sisters living in an evangelical community with a demonstrated willingness to turn on victims and make excuses for predators. Click through to read more. Read more

April 24, 2016

It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come, or that there was a time in living memory when spanking women was considered appropriate and even entertaining. In some of the clips in the compilation above, female child actors looked on as a woman was publicly spanked. What did these girls, and the girls watching in the audience, learn from what they saw? What did these scenes communicate about the relative power between men and women, and about women’s place in the world? Read more

April 24, 2016

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Enjoy! Read more

April 23, 2016

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read! Read more

April 22, 2016

This week Donald Trump came out against the recent spate of anti-trans bathroom bills. Ted Cruz sensed an opportunity, and ran an incredibly offensive ad repeating the lie that allowing trans women to use the women’s bathroom is a threat to women and children. It’s interesting to note, though, who the ad is directed toward. Click through to read more about the historical context and gendered dimension of Cruz’s ad. Read more

April 22, 2016

We start out in Peter’s conference room, which we’re told was “rather small” but still “large enough for the deposition of Donna Corliss, scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, at 9:00 in the morning.” Basically, Peter is going to ask Donna questions. Farris tells us that Peter spent three hours the previous day going over everything to make sure he was ready, and that he was trying not to let the “glamour” of the discovery of tampering “distract” him from the remainder of the case. Read more

April 21, 2016

Yesterday I posted an email from a reader about a speaker at her Catholic high school. I spent some time dissecting a number of the things this reader reported that the speaker said, and spoke briefly about the differences and similarities in evangelical and Catholic teachings about sex, purity, and marriage. Today I want to get into these differences in a bit more depth and look a bit further at this particular speaker—Jason Evert—and his organization. Read more

April 20, 2016

I would be remiss if I didn’t address the most unfortunate side effect of this teaching, though—I have watched couples rush into marriage because they want to have sex and believe they have to wait until marriage. This is only compounded by further problems. For example, the claim that if you truly love each other you will wait until marriage to have sex can lead couples to mistake a desire to wait for love. Read more

April 19, 2016

We can walk into a grocery store confident that there is nothing for sale there that will cause us to sicken and die upon eating it because of the government. I don’t think we realize how significant this is—or how important. This is perhaps a case where government protections and regulation have been so successful that we as a population have largely forgotten why we needed them in the first place. Today, let’s take a moment to remember, and to appreciate having a government big enough to create and maintain such protections. Read more

April 18, 2016

Say what you want about the side of this bill that makes it harder for abortion clinics to operate, requiring women who miscarry at home to collect their miscarriage and either contract with a funeral home or take it to a health care facility, on pain of penalty, is one of the most inhumane things I have read in a very long time, and has nothing whatsoever to do with abortion. Read more

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