The American Dream: Hobby Lobby, pro-life ethics, and me

Isn't the American dream autonomy over self in the face of the man, getting a little privacy and a little power -- just enough to live well and in peace? I'm not much of one for American idealism, but this bit has always resonated. We like the freedom to do was we please so long … Continue reading The American Dream: Hobby Lobby, pro-life ethics, and me

Clare responds + some context

I think the biggest confusion in this whole my-sister-is-a-viral-blogger-after-her-first-post thing (besides the part where everyone is assuming her surname is Ettinger -- it isn't, and she's a minor. So, my parents have requested anyone using her real name please redact it for her privacy), was about why Clare cared about the modesty guidelines more than getting kicked … Continue reading Clare responds + some context

“Fuck the Patriarchy” – guest post by Clare

Another week, another story of everyday sexism. My sister (a different one -- she's 17 and doing dual enrollment at the local community college to finish up her last year of high school via homeschooling and will start college on the east coast this coming fall) was supposed to go to prom this past weekend, but … Continue reading “Fuck the Patriarchy” – guest post by Clare

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

Everyday sexism: the tale of two boys

I’m pretty sarcastic and snarly at the patriarchy most days, but I’ve recently gotten more fed up than usual and we need to talk. Sit down. Pour a cuppa or a finger of whiskey or a beer or whatever you need to get through this. It's going to be a little long. And I'm scared … Continue reading Everyday sexism: the tale of two boys

A Confession (a guest post)

Christian fundamentalism and Christian patriarchy hurt men too. I'm sobered and thankful for this guest post by my friend Tim. -h *** I have been avoiding this all day. All week. In one way or another, I've been avoiding this all my life. Some of you may think you know me, but you don't, not … Continue reading A Confession (a guest post)

IR: Modesty, Dignity, and Gnosticism

Okay. Okay. I'm fed up with the annual Summer Modesty Argument On The Interwebz. Here's the rundown: 1) Modesty keeps men's uncontrollable sex drives in check! vs. NO THAT'S RAPE CULTURE 2) God commands modesty to honor his creation, your body! vs. Uh, modesty is a shame thing and that's the result of the fall. … Continue reading IR: Modesty, Dignity, and Gnosticism