I need feminism because Mean Girls is 10 years old and my sister has a concussion

This week is the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls. This week a girl in my sister's school beat her up, hitting her face and head into a locker and giving her a concussion. This week I raged and cried over beer with a friend after work because I'm nearly 3,000 miles away from home and can't … Continue reading I need feminism because Mean Girls is 10 years old and my sister has a concussion

The ethics of leaving fundamentalism

Fundamentalism isn't an ideology, it's a habit of thought patterns. Fundamentalism is based in fear. Fear of not being heard, fear of being invalidated, fear of attack, of erasure, of silencing. Fundamentalism can be present in any community regardless of ethics or system of belief. The reason that I started questioning the Christian fundamentalism I … Continue reading The ethics of leaving fundamentalism

CJ Mahaney and Doug Phillips

No one is really surprised that Doug Phillips had an affair and is stepping down from Vision Forum Ministries. And no one is really surprised at his statement--it's the same slightly pompous and affected tone adopted by any politician caught in the spotlight of a scandal. But what really fascinates me is first, the similarities between … Continue reading CJ Mahaney and Doug Phillips

Update on Sarah

Sarah sent me this update on her school funding situation tonight! She's almost set for college -- just a few things left on her Amazon wishlist, and she leaves on Monday. Thank you to everyone who helped! I'd like to say a giant "Thank you!" to all the wonderful people who have helped me with … Continue reading Update on Sarah

Quiverfull escapee: Sarah’s story

I've used my blog to share the story of a friend's sister after she got kicked out of her QF family home for being vegan, and you wonderful people chipped in to raise $10,000 for her to replace her clothes, art supplies, and go toward her college tuition in the fall.  This time, a 24 … Continue reading Quiverfull escapee: Sarah’s story

Fighting back against spanking

[Trigger warning: spanking, child abuse.] Someone found my blog recently by searching for "fought back against spanking" and that hit me hard. Whoever you are, I want to give you a hug. You're not alone. The memories triggered by that phrase aren't pleasant. In some ways, I realize I'm reliving the feelings of utter helplessness, … Continue reading Fighting back against spanking

Quiverfull/Christian Patriarchy rescue: Jennifer’s story

Last Sunday night, I got a call from one of my post QF/CP buddies--we're both the oldest from big homeschooling families with some unhealthy dynamics, and we both left that world when we got married (which torqued both of our fathers, for different, but similar reasons). She and I have been discussing with some of … Continue reading Quiverfull/Christian Patriarchy rescue: Jennifer’s story