Trigger warning: Incest, abusive and dysfuntional families. So, you may have seen a few articles lately about Valerie Spruill, the woman who found out after being widowed that her deceased husband was her also her biological father. I’ve seen several in the past week, most of them with breathless headlines [...]
I decided to leave my thoughts on the science reporting in Cord Jefferson’s piece out of the post at PhD in Parenting. It was already long enough, and it made sense to keep it focused on Jefferson’s approach and framing in the piece.
I have a post at Annie Urban’s PhD in Parenting Blog responding to the awful piece on pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” that Cord Jefferson recently wrote for Gawker. The short version: Jefferson’s piece was an epic and inexcusable failure of journalistic ethics.
Extreme trigger warning: child sexual abuse, details of child molestation, spiritual abuse, victim blaming, and enabling of abuse perpetrators. I don’t really know where to start with this, so I’ll just cut to the chase. In the past week, two more accounts of sexual abuse of children at SGM churches [...]
James Poling’s “The Cross and Male Violence,” (earlier referenced here and here), addresses the concept of “practical theology,” a branch of academic theology that looks at the real-life effects of doctrine in various contexts. Poling argues that it’s not enough for theologians and pastors to determine whether a teaching is [...]
Trigger warnings for sexual abuse/incest. In “The Cross and Male Violence,” James Poling argues that patriarchal narratives of the crucifixion provide a kind of script for abusive relationships between men and women in Christian contexts, in which male abusers can take on a godlike role (all-powerful, all-knowing, to be obeyed), [...]