Love, fundamentalism, and endings

“Love and abuse cannot coexist.” - bell hooks. It’s been over a year since I first read bell hook’s masterful treatise on love, All About Love: New Visions.  The book called to and was answered by changes stirring in my heart, little epiphanies cracking the surface of my reality, and it was the catalyst for … Continue reading Love, fundamentalism, and endings

50 Shades of Grey, Christians, and Female Sexuality

I'm pretty passionate about women needing to embrace their own sexuality without shame and without regard to male sexual desire, and today I'm over at The Friendly Atheist to review Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery's book Pulling Back the Shades, their Christian response to 50 Shades of Grey. This [is] a pervasive problem in Christian relationship books … Continue reading 50 Shades of Grey, Christians, and Female Sexuality

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

A love letter & an announcement

I've been pretty busy elsewhere this week, but I wanted to drop you a line here to keep you updated on goings-on. Mostly I've been doing a lot of writing. And procrastinating by cooking soup and creating salads and new takes on mac & cheese. A few things to share with you, though. The first is: … Continue reading A love letter & an announcement

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