Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.
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.
Despite numerous popular critiques of purity culture in recent years, increasingly from Christians themselves, I rarely find my experience as a queer Black woman reflected.
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.
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.
In a unanimous decision Monday, the state’s highest court brought Tennessee law in line with the vast majority of the country.