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Don't Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin


Apr 8 2014
As the saying goes, we didn’t start the fire.
Don't Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin
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Even in the midst of a sexual revolution, of a generation drawn to open relationships, hookup culture, and "polyamory," virginity still enthralls.

Yet another beautiful young woman is auctioning hers off. The cable show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding juxtaposes a cultural ...

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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 violation probably ...

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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
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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 contraception coverage, ...

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Fallen Angels? Christians and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show


Dec 10 2013
A response to ‘I’d rather marry a Proverbs 31 woman than a Victoria’s Secret model’
Fallen Angels? Christians and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Photo by Thomas Concordia

I never gave much thought to the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show—which airs Tuesday on CBS—until the broadcast a few years ago, when my college students came to class buzzing about a new catchphrase their classmates coined: I'd rather marry a Proverbs ...

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Raising Christian Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture


Nov 21 2013
We can’t isolate our kids from sin, but we can teach them to recognize it and learn from it.
Raising Christian Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture
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In a recent article, Catholic dad and blogger Raylan Alleman lists reason after reason "to NOT send your daughter to college." As a way to counter the evils of feminism that have invaded our society, Alleman advocates forbidding our daughters from attending college, ...

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The Secret Women's Porn Problem


Oct 23 2013
We may not talk much about women’s addiction to erotica, but it’s happening.
The Secret Women's Porn Problem
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In 2007, Nielsen/NetRatings found that approximately 13 million American women click on pornographic sites each month. They make up an estimated one in three visitors to adult entertainment websites.

With the uptick in Internet use and the growth of online pornography, ...

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Why I Don't Call Myself a Feminist


Oct 18 2013
Christianity offers a culture of life greater than feminism ever could.
Why I Don't Call Myself a Feminist
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If you were to stop by my house lately, you'd be greeted by stacks of dishes, piles of unfolded laundry, and me sitting in front of my laptop, editing a book for Christian women that I've been working on for almost two years. It's my invitation for them to embrace ...

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Are Christians Allowed to Be Sexy?


Oct 10 2013
Facing dueling pressures, many women of faith remain insecure over their appearance.
Are Christians Allowed to Be Sexy?
Katie Tegtmeyer / Flickr

Even as Christian women, with our worth rooted in Christ, we still struggle with beauty to some extent. I see it in my mirror, and I see it when I walk into churches, when I talk to youth groups, and when I scroll through online feeds of sexy selfies. We've probably found ...

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Not That Kind of Nice Girl


Oct 2 2013
The women of the Bible show us the power of bold kindness.
Not That Kind of Nice Girl
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At this point, we know that sexual assault can occur, well, anywhere. There are the faraway cases, such as the highly publicized gang rape on a New Delhi bus. There are cases that happen at "venerable" institutions such as West Point. There are so many others occur ...

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When Victimhood Gets a Spotlight


Sep 30 2013
Your story matters, but it doesn’t define you.
When Victimhood Gets a Spotlight

I remember the first time I was going to share my story in a church setting. Just as the congregation was getting ready to trickle in, a woman looked at me and said, "Are you sure you want to do this? People will never look at you the same again."

I started to ...

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