I’ve written in the past about modesty culture— —Again? Omg this person is OBSESSED with modesty… Listen, I had planned to write about something else (although still REALLY proud of this one) , but alas, yet another Christian woman has declared Why She No Longer Wears [article of clothing that allegedly entices straight men to … Continue reading This Week in Modesty Culture: Who Wore It Modest-est?
Purity culture insists on the enforcement of rigid gender roles; this enforcement bestows on women and men specific responsibilities. This post will focus on three primary areas of responsibility: virginity, relationships, and marriage. Virginity While the concept of virginity is socially constructed and heteronormative, excluding the myriad of ways people have sex, it is still an … Continue reading Purity Culture and God-given Gender Roles
As the pushback on the subject of purity culture continues to grow, a number of Christian bloggers are coming to terms with the damage years of internalized shame over sexual desire has caused to an entire generation. They’re realizing that perhaps comparing people who have had sex outside a hetero marriage to “chewed up gum” … Continue reading Backpedaling on Purity Culture
I’ve written on modesty culture a couple of times before, but I’m always fascinated that the argument persists, despite the fact that historically, the standard of modesty has never, ever remained the same. For example, in 1921, Louise Rosine, a writer from California, was arrested in Atlantic City for showing her bare knees on a … Continue reading Modesty: Some Historical Perspective
The news this past week has been overwhelming, and has hit close to home for me in multiple ways. Since yesterday, this poem has been on my mind: i have walked a long time much longer than death that splinters wid her innuendos. my life, ah my alien life, is like an echo of nostalgia … Continue reading In Memoriam
Last Monday, July 1 was No Shame Day, a campaign begun by The Siwe Project. The goal of this campaign is to work toward reducing the stigma of mental health by providing a platform to share stories on social media. I shared some of my own experiences with mental illness, as well as my thoughts … Continue reading 5 Things You Should Avoid Saying To People With Depression