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White Evangelicals Are The Most Fragile Of All White People

I once attended a missions conference run by a predominately white evangelical organization where, for one night, black styles of worship, preaching and spirituality were the focus. The worship team wore Black Lives Matter shirts and the preacher exhorted the thousands present to repent of the ways …

Race & Ethnicity

Hillary Clinton Could Never Have Gotten Away With the Sick Confidence Games of a Mediocre White Man

The Venn diagram documenting people who threw around the #HillarysHealth and people who shrug in response to President Trump’s brazen lying is a …

Donald Trump

From Starbucks to Hashtags: We Need to Talk About Why White Americans Call the Police on Black People

“Don’t you fucking walk away! Don’t fucking walk away from me!” the 20-something-year-old woman screamed as she followed after the …

Taking Back Christianity From The Religious Right

Very little in the actual teaching put forward by Jesus would support the political philosophy of the Christian right in 21st-century America.<p>Since …

Searching for the Pathway Back to a Christian Sexual Ethic

When it comes to a position on marriage and sexuality, we often hear Christians say they are “moving” or “evolving” or “on a journey.” Almost always, …

Faith

You’re Wrong! I’m Right!

We live in two Americas.<p>In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric.<p>In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric.<p>The …

Critical Thinking

Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment

At the heart of the gun-control debate is a fundamental tension between republicanism and individualism.<p>Calmly, patiently, with considerable bravery, the instructor at the shooting range shows me how to fire the submachine gun, a MAC-11—the first real gun I have ever held. It jams repeatedly. …

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Social Sciences

On Aziz Ansari And Rape Culture’s Generation Gap

Why can’t we hear each other?<p>On Saturday night, a little after 11, I showed up, a little tipsy, to the apartment of a man with whom I’d previously been on two dates. This—my showing up to his home late at night—would be our third “date.”<p>When I got there, he told me a story had just come out, with …

'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom

It’s past midnight, November 2016, in Dunstable, a small town in Bedfordshire. My friend Miranda has accompanied me here for moral support. We scale a no-frills metal staircase at the end of an alleyway behind the high street, where a weary blond woman is ruling a domain of coats, cash and lists. …

Women of Color

Mothers who regret having children are speaking up like never before

Photoillustration by Stephen Gregory & Heshmat Saberi<p>‘I regret having children’<p>In pushing the boundaries of accepted maternal response, women are …

Parenting

Meet the Porn Star Turned Academic Who’s Revolutionizing the Adult Industry

Aussie Angela White received the U.S. equivalent of a master’s at the University of Melbourne, and her thesis was recently published. But she has her …

Changing Your Sense of Identity

Recently, I wrote about “Living with an Accidental Identity." I described how painful early experiences, definitions, and defenses affect the way …

For irreligious evangelicals, Christianity is about politics—not God

Growing up, I was what today you’d call an evangelical Christian. As a child, I went to Bible camps; as a young adult, I attended a Christian college. Today I teach psychology at a science-supportive college that identifies with an “ever-reforming” religious tradition—but also with an evangelical …

Religion

A Boxing Primer: The 6 Basic Moves You Need to Know

The boxing craze continues to build with new studios like Rumble, Box and Flow, and BoxUnion popping up all over. And there's a reason for it—boxing …

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Codependent Relationships, Explained

Needless to say, relationships are complicated, and it can be difficult to objectively evaluate the ones you're in whether they be friendships or …

Choice in Consensual Non-Monogamy

Polyamory and other forms of consensual non-monogamy (CNM) are, at the most basic level, about choice. Because there are few contemporary role models …

If you’re surprised by Terry Crews’ harassment admission, then you don’t know Terry Crews

Admitting he was sexually accosted by a Hollywood executive is just another example of Crews’ openness<p>When "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews took to Twitter on Tuesday to discuss the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, he opened up about his own victimization at the hands of …

#NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist

This is not about racists. This is about <i>not-racists</i>. You’ve seen them before: the special class of white people who say racist shit and do racist …

The Women Making Feminist Tentacle Porn

Illustrations of women engaging in sexual acts with tentacled creatures often follow a restrictive, rape-centric narrative. But a new crop of female artists are subverting the genre's sexist tropes.<p>For erotic manga artist Toshio Maeda, tentacle porn was a genre born from necessity, or rather, a …

The dangerous delusions of Richard Dawkins

His rationalist crusade creates a false impression that the only alternative to religion is reductionist science<p>The recent cancellation of a book event with Richard Dawkins by the radio station KPFA has caused reverberations around the world. KPFA cited offensive remarks Dawkins has made about …

The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins

Cursing is a good way to be bad. It’s mostly harmless and signals authenticity to listeners. For the linguistically bold, vulgarity is just one element of a rich vocabulary, a spice for speech. Yet even those of us who curse like sailors shirk the word “cunt.”<p>Breathe deep, because we’re about to …

Linguistics

Does My Body Die If My Brain Teleports From Mars?

A toggle switch allows me to decide whether the ‘old me’ on Mars is preserved or destroyed after I teleport back home.<p>I am stranded on Mars. The fuel tanks on my return vessel ruptured, and no rescue team can possibly reach me before I run out of food. (And, unlike Matt Damon, I have no potatoes.) …

The 'dogs from the cellar' is a perfect metaphor to explain how your childhood still influences your relationships today

Brach shares a bunch of simple but brilliant insights into the way we handle difficult emotions— and how we can handle them better.<p>But there's one sentence I've kept coming back to because it just makes so much sense:<p>"Because we are responding to an accumulation of past pain, our reactions are out …

Psychology

A simple system helped me to stop obsessing over work and start prioritizing my family

In my twenties, I was a lean, mean productivity machine. I created an alternative shorthand keyboard on my Blackberry to reduce my keystrokes by 80%. I devoured audiobook biographies of Steve Jobs and other great leaders by listening to them at 2.5x normal speed. I even optimized my workouts by …

Time Management

A Relationship Expert Explains How Not To Seem ‘Thirsty AF’

Dating sucks. Possibly now more than ever. Not only do you have to contend with all the different apps on the market, but you’re also at risk of being ghosted, benched, or breadcrumbed before you actually find someone you like. It can all leave you <i>this</i> close to going on Facebook and writing a …

How white supremacist hatred drives acts of violence against powerful women

Murderous extremists like Anders Breivik and Dylann Roof are the ugliest faces of a worldwide war against women<p>Last Wednesday Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black people at a prayer meeting in a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015, was declared mentally competent to …

The Biggest Myths About the First Christians

Did early Christians have Bibles? Hide in catacombs? Oh, and as far as why Peter was crucified upside down...<p>Whether you like it or not, if you live …

Theology

Jesus wept: How can you call yourself a Christian if you voted for Donald Trump?

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci/Getty/allanswart)</b><p>Christian faith means many things to many people. But I’m confused about how “love thy neighbor” led us here<p>Lily Burana<p>November 19, 2016 12:00am (UTC)<p>One of the hallmarks of Christian faith is charity, which is unfortunate for me, because, as a cradle Christian (and, …

Faith