Common Religious Beliefs that Fuel Purity Culture

Christian religions, most often conservative and evangelical Christians, believe that purity is necessary to live a righteous, moral, and Godly lifestyle. Purity is not just sexual purity but being free from sin in its entirety. Guidelines given to Christians that are a must in order to live a pure life include: Chastity is essential. No …

Purity Culture Series: An In-Depth Look at Toxic Purity!

I was raised in a Lutheran church until I was in Jr. High. My parents were never strict religiously. They had their beliefs, but what I remember was a very open home to differences in cultures and beliefs. That’s what I remember, as an adult I have found I had a bit of a jaded …

Why I Will Teach My Children A Comprehensive Sex Education

Over the years I have been very open about my stance, as a parent, on abstinence only sex education. I have always been very adamant in a comprehensive sex education for my children. As I’ve stated in my blog post, ‘Why I Plan to Teach My Kids to Have Sex Before Marriage’ I even outline …

I Find Fault in Teaching Girls to be Modest

There are many reasons that, as I became adult, I stepped away from organized religion. I still believe in God and Jesus. I still am Christian, but I believe organized religion focuses way too much on everything bad with people, judging, and putting unreasonable expectations on others. One of the lessons I have always hated …

How Can I, a White Mom of 3, Help Make Change?

Admittedly, when I was younger, I gave the “I’m just not very political” line often. I did not get into political fights, I did not read into much about U.S. history and politics, and I did not have a want or feeling of need to do so. I’ve grown older and that has changed. I …

Vaccines Did Not Cause My Daughter’s Autism

I would be lying if I said, before becoming a mother, I never feared having a child with Autism or any other developmental delay. I knew no matter what I would love my child, but I did not know how I could handle raising a child with special needs. As my child was born, I …

8 Valuable Lessons to Teach Kids about Gender Equality

As a very proud feminist, parenthood has been an interesting time over the last three and a half years. My husband will tell you I think way too much way too early about my kids and what I want to teach them. For instance, you might not truly consider teaching gender equality to your kids …

Feminism, Finding Women’s Strength

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” D. Anderson Woman are believed, all too often, to be weak, but women are not. Women are strong and that strength should be nourished and supported. That strength should be seen, believed, respected, and shown. …