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Cursed by Natural Childbirth


Feb 3 2014
They say labor makes women feel empowered. So why do I feel so broken and weak?
Cursed by Natural Childbirth
Bradley Gordon / Flickr

When mothers describe their experiences with natural childbirth, in books and movies and blog posts touting its benefits, they'll often describe feeling empowered, exhilarated, strong.

When I gave birth to my second child, one of my nurses affirmed, "Girl, ...

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Beyoncé Vs. the Bible


Jan 31 2014
Was her sexy Grammy performance with Jay-Z actually good for marriage?
Beyoncé Vs. the Bible
Photo by Matt Sayles / Invision / AP

At Sunday night's Grammy Awards, Beyoncé and Jay-Z performed a memorable rendition of her new single. "Drunk in Love" is risqué (to say the least), but it highlighted a sexual relationship often ignored by secular artists: sex in ...

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome


Jan 29 2014
Both the right and the left have more to learn.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's response to the president's State of the Union address last night drew attention to her family, and specifically to her oldest son Cole, who has Down syndrome. Her speech implied her personal and political support for children ...

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Blessed Are the Stretch-Marked and Muffin-Topped


Jan 29 2014
What my pregnant and postpartum body taught me about womanhood.
Blessed Are the Stretch-Marked and Muffin-Topped
Pavel P. / Flickr

After I gave birth to my third child, pictures flooded social media, including a few of me holding my newborn. Beneath each, the comments. "You look great, Rach!"

Their remarks certainly assuaged my frustration with my postpartum appearance. My ...

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In Jesus' Name, We Play


Jan 28 2014
Kids and adults alike need the freedom to do what they love.
In Jesus' Name, We Play
55Laney69 / Flickr

In a recent article, Boston College psychology professor Peter Gray argues that children today are "suffering from a severe deficit of play" that corresponds to their general loss of freedom. This stems from a variety of reasons: children increasingly ...

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Peeking into the Womb


Jan 27 2014
A Christian response to advancing ultrasound technology.
Peeking into the Womb
Shannon Ramos / Flickr

When I was 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, I chatted with a friend about our upcoming ultrasound. "We find out whether we're having a boy or a girl tomorrow," I said.

She nodded with a slight smile, and responded, "And you find ...

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Why Women Want Sherlock


Jan 24 2014
Sherlock Holmes is not your typical TV hunk or superhero, but still has millions of female fans obsessed.
Why Women Want Sherlock
Robert Viglasky / Hartswood Films /PBS

"Mad About Sherlock," declares the cover of Entertainment Weekly above the face of Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the BBC's latest version of the character. The show returned to the U.S. last weekend, drawing 4 million to PBS.

One of our most ...

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Parenting in the Haze of Legalized Marijuana


Jan 23 2014
What do I tell my kids about pot?
Parenting in the Haze of Legalized Marijuana
Rafael Castillo / Flickr

I got out of my minivan, and I could smell it in the rec center parking lot. Minutes later, my 11-year-old could, too.

Our first discussion about the new Colorado law that legalizes marijuana began with her asking, "What's that smell?" It forced ...

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The Book Thief: Being Human in the Midst of Inhumanity


Jan 22 2014
A World War II film with an unexpected theme.
The Book Thief: Being Human in the Midst of Inhumanity
20th Century Fox

"I'm always finding humans at their best and their worst," concludes Death, narrator of the new film, The Book Thief, "I see their ugliness and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both."

...

The Oscar-nominated film ...

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God Doesn't Want Christian Clones


Jan 21 2014
Are you following God or following someone else who’s following God?
God Doesn't Want Christian Clones
Tony Foster / Flickr

I know people who pepper their spiritual talk by quoting Beth Moore's pithy observations, Joyce Meyer's motivational aphorisms or Mark Driscoll's take-no-prisoners bluntspeak. I've known others who take their Christian life cues from radio personality ...

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Why MLK Still Matters


Jan 20 2014
Evangelicals share how the civil rights leader continues to inspire them as Christians.
Why MLK Still Matters
InSapphoWeTrust / Flickr

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and days leading up to it force me into reflection. I often wonder how it was possible that an alarming number of Christians outright opposed Martin Luther King Jr. or failed to stand in solidarity with him during his lifetime. ...

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Picture This: A Closer Look at Mindy Kaling's Elle Cover


Jan 17 2014
We need a more informed eye, rather than an impulse for outrage.
Picture This: A Closer Look at Mindy Kaling's Elle Cover

Your local newsstand may not yet have the February issue of Elle, but the stampede to critique Mindy Kaling's cover has already prompted her to defend the black-and-white close-up to no less than David Letterman.

The other covers in the four-piece "women ...

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Let's Talk About What Happened on Downton Abbey


Jan 16 2014
I know why Anna Bates kept silent. For years, I did the same thing.
Let's Talk About What Happened on Downton Abbey
Nick Briggs / Carnival Film and Television Limited

Warning: This post contains spoilers from season 4, episode 2 of Downton Abbey.

I had to look away when the visiting valet attacked Anna Bates on Downton Abbey's recent episode. It's my knee-jerk reaction. Even people who haven't experienced sexual ...

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Let's Talk About (Protected) Sex


Jan 15 2014
The overblown notion that evangelicals are obsessed with birth control.
Let's Talk About (Protected) Sex
Hey Paul Studios / Flickr

If you follow religion news, particularly on blogs and Twitter, it'd be easy to assume that evangelicals are obsessed with birth control. In 2013, we saw them condemn the expanded availability of the morning-after pill, call for religious exceptions to ...

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Why We Need Paternity Leave


Jan 14 2014
Having Dad take time off sets up a more balanced family life.
Why We Need Paternity Leave
Gordon Anthony McGowan / Flickr

This morning, I left the house early to work out. My husband Peter arose with the kids—Penny, age 8, William, 5, and Marilee, almost 3. I returned to find them in various forms of protest, insisting I make their breakfast even though their dad is equally ...

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