Archive for August, 2012

Why white adoptive parents shouldn’t dominate adoption narratives

Why white adoptive parents shouldn’t dominate adoption narratives

Sometimes I kind of find myself wishing that adoptive parents would stop writing about adoption. Particularly if the subject is transracial adoption. I realize that probably sounds a bit harsh. It’s not that an adoptive parent cannot have plenty of good, worthwhile things to say about adoption.

by × August 29, 2012 × 13 comments
[Urgent Petition] The Invisible Lives We Do Not See

[Urgent Petition] The Invisible Lives We Do Not See

Update: Sadly, Polo was deported back to Mexico on Aug. 31. Supporters of the petition on his behalf received the following message: All, Thank you so much for taking the time to sign our petition. Sadly, Polo was deported back to Mexico today, but not before he and his family […]

by × August 28, 2012 × Comments are Disabled
Jared Wilson and the politics of forgiveness

Jared Wilson and the politics of forgiveness

To be honest, responses like this are part of why I can’t trust liberal evangelicalism or Christian egalitarianism as a culture. There’s still a lot of reluctance even from evangelicals who oppose abusive and exclusionary theology to clearly and fully name it for what it is.

by × August 27, 2012 × 11 comments
Todd Akin, Jared Wilson, and apologies that aren’t

Todd Akin, Jared Wilson, and apologies that aren’t

Trigger warning: sexual violence, rape apologism, victim blaming, cissexism, anti-choice rhetoric. Content note: Not all people with uteruses are women and not all women have uteruses. Not all rape survivors are women, or adults. I use language that reflects this where I’m not paraphrasing/unpacking the views of people who choose to believe the […]

by × August 24, 2012 × 6 comments
Jared Wilson: Rape is God’s “passive judgment” on sinful cultures

Jared Wilson: Rape is God’s “passive judgment” on sinful cultures

I asked Jared Wilson to clarify whether he agrees with Doug Wilson’s view of rape as a judgement of cultures that don’t “cherish” (exercise authority over) women. This was the ensuing conversation. I wanted to allow Jared to explain his views in his own terms. I think his words speak for themselves.

by × August 23, 2012 × 2 comments
No “neutral” in the “culture war”

No “neutral” in the “culture war”

Trigger warning: anti queer and anti trans hatred, transmisogyny, misgendering. One of my e-mail accounts got on the American Family Association’s mailing list, somehow. Don’t ask me how; I mean, an atheist trans woman is precisely the wrong audience for an evangelical anti-queer group’s newsletter. I’ve never unsubscribed, though, and […]

by × August 20, 2012 × 9 comments
So much truth.

So much truth.

[Trigger warning: abusive families/cultures] Karen Warren argues that patriarchal society is a dysfunctional system that mirrors the dysfunctional nuclear family. That is, severe abuse in the family continues because the family members learn to regard as “normal.” A victim of abuse may come to see that her abuse is not […]

by × August 11, 2012 × 2 comments
[AWH Classic] Good people do terrible things

[AWH Classic] Good people do terrible things

I have a few more comments on the Doug/Jared Wilson fiasco. Perhaps needless to say, I don’t agree with the general consensus that the situation is temporarily resolved because Jared Wilson “apologized.” For one thing, in my opinion he did no such thing, and for another, an apology wasn’t really […]

by × August 9, 2012 × 1 comment
Sometimes, “Good Faith” Doesn’t Mean Much

Sometimes, “Good Faith” Doesn’t Mean Much

(Note: This was originally published at Kiri 4.0.) So I’m really frustrated right now, and I need to let this out: Like many queer folks, I’ve noticed a lot of evangelicals trying to rebrand their anti-queer programs as “attempts at respectful dialogue” (thus not-so-subtly implying, of course, that those of […]

by × August 1, 2012 × 17 comments