Posts tagged history
The White Church, Purity Culture, and Ferguson

Purity culture has always had a racial component. As I’ve written before, purity culture is, itself, the result of white religious and cultural authorities fearing the growth of the sexual revolution and the Civil Rights Movements and its effect on white women in the church. The fear was that white women would adopt the “sinfulness” already assumed in communities of color – that free sexual agency meant that white women would be "at risk." Purity culture, despite its attempts at and proclamations toward a post-racial, colorblind view of the world, is deeply invested in protecting whiteness. And purity culture achieves this goal through the demonization and hypersexualization of black bodies – as seen in the microcosm of Lauten’s criticism of the Obama daughters.

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Feminism Is For White Middle Class Women: Justice Doesn't Take Turns

Bothering to exist outside the ideal, bothering to be angry in ways that aren’t sanctioned as useful, bothering to say “that’s not good enough” will get you smacked down by a feminism that thinks appealing to the patriarchy is the best way to advocate for themselves. It’s the feminism that reminds us that the patriarchial misogynists are human, too, that tells us to calm down when we’re upset over a violation of our rights, that says that we must accept the crumbs we get from the table and forgive our abusers because they're "just like us."

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Revisionist History Or Why the Church Needs to Stop Lying To and About Itself

Revisionist history makes complex stories and complex narratives neat and tidy for our own selfish ends, and yet the people I see engaged in it most often are evangelical Christians. It’s a denial of the complicated, messy nature that is human life, and belies a desire to have the world conform to our narratives, even if that narrative is a lie.

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