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Christian Colleges Have a Sexual Assault Problem

Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.

Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.

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Living Queer in a Red State

When I moved back to my hometown in South Dakota after leaving my job in Chicago, I knew I was taking a risk—a risk that I would lose access to a queer community.

When I moved back to my hometown in South Dakota after leaving my job in Chicago, I knew I was taking a risk—a risk that I would lose access to a queer community. What I didn’t expect was that my own state government would start to push to decide that I am not a person worth protecting, that I am not deserving of dignity.

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The Evangelical Short-Term Memory Problem

In fact, we’ve been having the same fight over sexual promiscuity like clockwork about every forty years, going back at least a couple centuries.

In fact, we’ve been having the same fight over sexual promiscuity like clockwork about every 40 years, going back at least a couple centuries.

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Why We Should Fear the Rise of America’s Latest ‘Bro Pastor’

Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism.

With an empire extending far beyond his churches in Seattle, Mark Driscoll is, without a doubt, a major player within white conservative American evangelicalism. And that should scare people who are dedicated to the rights of women in the United States.

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Secret Keeper Girl: An Inside Look at Evangelical Cognitive Dissonance

Young audience members at a Secret Keeper Girl show.

For all its affirmation of little girls’ intelligence and humor, it’s hard to get past the mixed messages in Secret Keeper Girl’s modesty doctrine: We shouldn’t care about how the world perceives us, unless we’re talking about our clothing, in which case that’s the only thing that matters.

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Purity Culture as Rape Culture: Why the Theological Is Political

Relationship guides and purity pledges are a cottage industry in evangelicalism, but the influence reaches far beyond just evangelicals.

By failing to equip women to understand their own agency and bodily autonomy, the evangelical purity movement creates an environment that is ripe for rape.

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Hugo Schwyzer and the Consumption of Redemption Narratives

Hugo Schwyzer, appearing on the Ricki Lake Show in October 2012.

We think redemption narratives prove something about the human experience—when really, all they prove is that change is really, really hard, and we should be suspicious when someone claims to be 180 degrees different from whom they used to be.

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