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Pets

Questions for My Rescue Dog

Scout, where did you come from? What were you like as a puppy? What was your name before we took you home?

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Crossposts

A Letter to Decent Men: Let’s Talk About Physical Arrogance

[Original publication date: Feb. 28, 2014] Dear Men, Dear Decent Men, This is not a letter to misogynists or selfish jerks, who aren’t going to pay attention to what I have to say anyway. It’s a letter to good, decent men who might not realize that they’re doing something that really frustrates a lot of […]

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Op Ed

Why is Leadership Journal Standing Behind a Rapist’s Essay?

Earlier this week, Leadership Journal, an imprint of Christianity Today, ran an essay written by an anonymous former youth pastor who is now serving a prison sentence for statutory rape. The problem: the writer never acknowledges the fact that his “affair” was actually rape, he wrote the piece as a self-indulgent morality tale about the […]

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Crossposts

Dear Old Lady Who Was Giving Me Dirty Looks While I Was Breastfeeding My 3-month-old at the Café Today:

Hi! My name’s Liz. I was at Concannon’s Bakery & Café this morning with my mom, my sister, and four great little kids. You chose to sit at the table next to us, even though the whole place was full of empty tables. We knew we were going to be a somewhat noisy group, so […]

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Crossposts

A Letter to Decent Men: Let’s Talk About Physical Arrogance

Dear Men, Dear Decent Men, This is not a letter to misogynists or selfish jerks, who aren’t going to pay attention to what I have to say anyway. It’s a letter to good, decent men who might not realize that they’re doing something that really frustrates a lot of women in their lives. It’s a […]

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Crossposts

Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

I should emphasize something: I rarely swear in my classes. Sure, I often teach Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” during the first week of my composition courses, and plenty of the readings I assign have their share of “bad words.” As a lecturer, though, I rarely utter anything worse than crap, hell, or piss. I […]

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Crossposts

How a Conservative Christian Twenty-Something Changed Her Mind on Sexual Orientation

When my dad came out in 2004, I had already come to the conclusion that there was nothing spiritually or morally wrong about being gay. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out just how I managed to come to that conclusion, because I wasn’t in an environment where that perspective was encouraged at all.

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Crossposts

Facebook: Take Action Against Sex Trafficking Page!

Earlier on Tuesday evening I was doing some research on Kolkata, India and was searching for some information about sex work in the city. I did a quick search for Sonagachi, which is the city’s largest red light district. In fact, it’s one of the biggest red light districts in all of Asia. Sonagachi is […]

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Crossposts

Founded by Geniuses; Run by Idiots?

I saw this on Facebook yesterday and thought I’d respond:

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Crossposts

The Safety of Being a Christian in America, Part Two: Christian Privilege

Recently I addressed the growing myth that American Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. I’d like to take this a step further by demonstrating that not only are Christians not persecuted, but they are among the most privileged groups in the country.

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Crossposts

The Safety of Being a Christian in America, Part One: What Is Persecution?

There is a certain attitude among my fellow Christians that really bothers me. I know it bothers other Christians, too, and it really bothers non-believers. The attitude is based on the myth that Christians in the United States are persecuted for their beliefs.

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Bodies

Why I Don’t Care If My Daughter Gets Fat

Ruthie is three. She is a healthy toddler. Her brain is perfect–a neurologist confirmed that in 2012 when she was exhibiting some strange growth patterns that needed to be checked out.

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Crossposts

A Feminist Look at Django Unchained

Last week, after watching Django Unchained with Chalupa, I had a chat with one of my favorite feminists, Slay Belle, about the movie. Here is the transcript of our conversation in which we address the plot, writing, and controversies of the film, as well as how feminists can approach the movie. (Spoilers contained within.)

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Feminism

Offensive “Is This Modest?” Website Objectifies Young Women and Tries to Pass It Off as Helpful

A note: Two nights ago I came across Is This Modest?, a Christian website that is evidently designed to help young women figure out whether or not what they’re wearing is going to make men stumble.

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Perspectives

31 Days of Halloween with Slay — Day 22, Guest Post — The Forbidden Holiday

Many of our readers are familiar with Liz BR from her fabulous “The Myth of Modesty” series Persephone ran a few months ago. She offered to contribute to my Halloween series as someone who wasn’t allowed to celebrate the holiday when she was growing up and I knew I wanted to include her perspective.  – […]