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Religion and Spirituality

Exorcisms and Agency

I’ve been quietly going about my business in the election, waiting for various people to tell me whether it’s more feminist to vote for Bernie or Hillary, and then I see stories like this.  Some people attempted to exorcise Ted Cruz.  I hate exorcisms as a thing.  Even by the …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: 10 Things you Didn’t Know about True Love

It’s been some time, but I have finally brought myself to read more condescending advice on how to be a good Christian teenager from an upper middle class American family that conforms to outdated stereotypes. This chapter, “I think I’ve Fallen in Love” is in the form of a quiz, …

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Religion and Spirituality

Christianity and the Worth of People

It is that time of year that contains my birthday and Christmas so I receive my two annual communications from my grandmother: cards containing tracts.  My birthday tract this year explained to me that without god, people will see me as worthless trash. The tract, conveniently available in its entirety …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which Masturbation is Kind of OK, but Extramarital Sex will Send us Straight to Hell

My apologies for a long delay darlings, life has afflicted me with the ennui.  H.P. Lovecraft heroes tend to go grave robbing in such circumstances, but I’ve just been playing computer games. The second half of chapter three, “Something Crazy is Happening to my Body” is when we finally get …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which Conformity Leads us to Ruin our Bodies Through Drugs and Also Fail to Stand Up to the Evil Atheist Professor

I’ve written here, in reference to Josh Duggar, that I’m not really that bothered by most Christian hypocrisy.  Turns out, I’m wrong, Christians who tell me about the dangers of conformity to group social norms at the same time as they blithely inform me what I should be thinking and …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which We Feel Bad About Ourselves Because We are Ugly, Unintelligent, and Poor

Last time, Dr. Dobson explained that we will all develop a crushing sense of inferiority as adolescents, now he will tell us why.  We have three options for why, the first being that we feel ugly: As young people grow up in our American society today, there are three things …

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Religion and SpiritualitySkepticism

Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which We will Most Certainly Drive the Metaphorical Car of Our Life Off a Cliff Without Reading this Book

We have finally reached the part of Preparing for Adolescence where the good Dr. Dobson is ready to talk to us rather than to our parents, and he’s going to start by convincing us that our lives were perfect but are about to become full of doom.  At first it’s not …

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Religion and SpiritualityScience & Nature

New Book Series! Sex Ed with James Dobson

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in a fundamentalist lite Christian sect, so as one might expect, my sex education was a little lacking.  I had a picture book aimed at seven year olds called Where did  I come from  and a body atlas that I pored over the lower …

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