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West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

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Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school.

According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened to call up Wellesley College to complain that Campbell had “bad character” because she refused to attend the abstinence assembly and filed a complaint with the ACLU because the public school event was hosted by a conservative religious organization.
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Pray Tell: Does It Matter If Janet Jackson Converted To Islam?

Janet Jackson, who is known for keeping her private life private, recently admitted that she had married her third husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al-Mana. Though she hasn’t confirmed or denied it, there are lots of rumors that Janet converted to Islam before the wedding. Considering that religious conversions for marriage happen all the time – and that Janet’s brother Jermaine publicly converted to Islam some years ago – this story should be a non-issue.

Alas, there are a lot of people out there who think it’s their right to see Janet Jackson’s hot body in skimpy clothes and think that a conversion to Islam will foil their plans. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Was Terrified Of Sex

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Me: I’m sorry! It’s just not going in!

Him: Don’t worry – we can always try later…

Me: I’m really sorry! I’m just so scared! (Sobbing. Tearful search for bra.) What if this never works?

That was me and my now-fiancé during one of many abortive attempts to have sex for the first time.

For years, I viewed sex as something like the Ark of the Covenant in “Indiana Jones”: immensely powerful and great beyond belief, but if you tried to use it in an unrighteous way the wrath of God would melt your face off.

I grew up in a church which, like many churches, taught us that sex before marriage was Wrong with a capital W. To their credit, they also taught us that sex within marriage was brilliant, but still. This was a church where one of the pastors hadn’t even kissed his wife until their wedding day. We also learned that in courting situations (we were discouraged from the secular institution of dating; “courting” was the spiritually safe alternative) girls should also dress modestly because men’s thoughts so easily fall into temptation. Although a heated moment could seduce us into wanting sex ourselves, the message was that boys wanted sex and girls shouldn’t give it to them until the wedding night. A quick scan through my own experience, however – especially late at night – would have revealed that girls could feel the pull of temptation just as much as boys.The nature of that temptation was never really discussed. The few teenagers in the church were too embarrassed to ask about it; I know I was. It also didn’t help that this was a church full of middle-aged and elderly Asian people who did not talk about sex. Keep reading »

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

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  • Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn’t align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org]
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  • Mississippi’s governor nominated Teri Herring, who worked for the anti-abortion Pro-Life America Network, to the state’s Board of Health. [Feminist.org]
  • What do we think of this new PSA aimed at teen girls to discourage them for sending sexy “selfies”? [AdRants] Keep reading »

Kanye West’s Most Controversial Lyrics On Religion

With songs like “Sweet Baby Jesus,” “New God Flow” and “Jesus Walks,” Kanye West has never been scared to talk about God and make religious references in his music.

Most recently, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper made headlines for reportedly considering I Am God as the title for his new album. Although this rumor turned out to be false, a member of Yeezy’s camp did confirm that “I Am A God” (emphasis added) is the title of his forthcoming single.

“We would never be so presumptuous or sacrilegious to call ourselves the supreme being,” a source told Huffington Post, adding that the song’s concept is “centered around the idea that all people are manifestations of a higher power.” Read more…

Pray Tell: “Spring Breakers” And The Faith of Faith

Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers about the movie “Spring Breakers.” 

When I heard that Selena Gomez had been cast in a Harmony Korine movie, my brain kind of exploded. Korine is known for his dark, sexualized films (like “Kids,” which made Chloe Sevigny a star), while Gomez is a Disneyfied, baby-faced princess who until recently was dating Justin Bieber. The trailer and promo pics for “Spring Breakers” showed Gomez and her castmates – “High School Musical” alum Vanessa Hudgens, “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson, and the director’s wife Rachel Korine – wearing bikinis and little else as they drank, smoked, got arrested, and did drugs. Was this movie going to be Gomez’s “Can’t Be Tamed“/”I’m a Slave 4 U” moment?

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