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NY Times Mag Profiles Evangelical Housewives Who Submit To Their Husbands

I am absolutely fascinated by people’s reasons for holding onto stiffly defined gender roles. For that reason, this weekend’s New York Times Magazine article, “Housewives of God,” was an absolute treat. Journalist Molly Worthen profiled Priscilla Shirer, an evangelical Bible teacher who has published numerous religious books and workbooks and accepts 20 out of 300 speaking engagements per year. She is also the mother of three young boys and depends on her husband, Jerry, to pick the kids up from school, do laundry and prepare dinner. As journalist Worthen put it, “Priscilla Shirer’s marriage appears to be just the sort of enlightened partnership that would make feminists cheer.”

But Jerry Shirer is the head of the Shirer household. All phone calls regarding Priscilla’s career and decisions — including what to name the couple’s youngest baby — go through him. Priscilla also sees herself not as a rah-rah-independent woman, but as a “complementarian”: She and her hubby both have separate, defined roles from their gender and are “complementary” to each other. Keep reading »

Catfight: Should You Get The HPV Vaccine?

Would You Share Your Secrets Online?

The internet is a veritable breeding ground for self-obsessives, voyeurs and exhibitionists (just look at the amount of amateur porn out there!). But the web also allows for people to divulge their most private and perverse thoughts from the privacy of their own homes — anonymously and safely. Sites like PostSecret and Hear My Secrets prove that people want to share the deepest parts of their guts with the world. And boy, what secrets they share! Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: 14-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide When ID’d After Statutory Rape

A week ago today, 14-year-old Samantha Kelly of Huron Township, Michigan, came home from school and hung herself. Why would a young girl take her own life? Over the past few months, her classmates at Huron High School had been bullying Samantha when they learned her family was pushing a statutory rape charge against an 18-year-old classmate. A police investigation found that the September incident between Samantha and Joseph Tarnopolski had in fact been consensual, but at 14 she was still under the age of consent. Tarnopolski was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct and in the past several months, Samantha was getting taunted for accusing him. Keep reading »

Gay Student Defends Teacher In Trouble For Disciplining Bullies

I love this! Watch 14-year-old openly gay student Graham Taylor as he eloquently defends teacher Jay McDowell, who received disciplinary action for removing a student from class for making anti-gay slurs. Wait. Isn’t that what teachers are supposed to do? I guess not in Howell, Michigan—headquarters of the KKK. Graham calls the bigotry against gays a “silent holocaust,” which drove him to attempt suicide at age 9. Uh, I have a dream … that this kid will run for public office someday. He’s got my vote. [The Daily What]

[Editor's Note: We are striking the KKK comment from the record. It was in reference to the video. Our apologies.] Keep reading »

Silly Bandz Get Sex-ified


Silly grownups, Silly Bandz are for kidz! Well, they were until some perverts decided to get in on the trend. First there were Sexy Bands, now there are “Wear A Willy Bands” (see above video). I have to say, the Sexy Bands that came in different sexual positions at least seemed like a fun game to play, like: “Pick a bracelet off my wrist, and that’s what we’ll do next!” But the peen options just aren’t nearly as cool as unicorns, guitars, and dinosaurs. Although, really, no grownup should be wearing a rubber band and calling it a bracelet. Adults, please step away from the kid trends. [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »

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