All posts by Karen Garst

Attitudes toward Sex in India

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Guest post by V Santhakumar My hunch is that Indians have a somewhat unique uneasiness with matters related to sex. I wish to explore the nature of this uneasiness and speculate on possible causes in this essay. This uneasiness reflects in multiple ways. These include men’s coercive sexual behavior towards females. The incidents of rape and […]

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The Bronte Sisters and the Evolution of Societies

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Teresa Roberts, Guest Writer I have long loved the works of the Bronte sisters, Emily, Anne, and Charlotte. Such disturbing stories like Jane Eyre provided me with endless hours of entertainment as a young person. I was forbidden the reading of fiction in my devout Christian home, but I managed to hide books from the […]

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A Response to Mom’s Letter from Emma

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Dear Mom, Thank you for your letter. I remember when you first started your therapy, you told me it was YOUR fault that I had the struggles I did and I said “cool, it’s not my fault!” as a joke. But I realize now those words you spoke hold so much truth. In your letter […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Chapters 12-16

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“ASLAN WAS JESUS THE WHOLE TIME!” “THE WHOLE TIME!” “A bit on the nose, right?” “I thought it was… what’s it called when something is used to teach you about something else?” “An allegory?” “Yeah, an allegory.” “But nope.” The Dawn Treader comes upon a weird area of unnatural darkness. They almost do not sail […]

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A letter to my children: Emma, who is 27 years old and Dustin, who is 24 years old.

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by Dorothy Husen, Licensed  Marriage and  Family Therapist   Dear Emma & Dustin, These are my greatest hopes and desires for you today as I write this letter: For you to love and accept yourselves; For you to feel comfortable with who you are; and For you to trust your intuition to be your inner […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Chapters 10-11

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  “He didn’t change them back? What?!” “He should have, I agree.” “It’s wrong! Mom, I really don’t like this.” As they prepare to send Lucy into danger, Edmund and Caspian discuss the Duffers. The boys wonder if the Duffers are really grasshopper creatures, since they jump around. Edmund tells Caspian not to tell Lucy […]

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The Controversy over the Mythicist Milwaukee Conference

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When I got enraged at the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, I wrote a book about why women should leave religion: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. I started this blog and named it Faithless Feminist. I had always defined feminist as gender equality between men and women. Three […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Chapter 9

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“No one is allowed to change my body. I would tell them no way.” “What if it made you stronger or more functional?” “Then I would think about it, but they would have to ask me first!” I think the power of the above conversation, and the conversation to follow, needs a bit of context […]

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10 Ways Many of Our Leaders are Out of Sync with Americans

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by Shanna Babilonia   In order to grow, we must change. All things, including people, nature, and even countries that choose not to change will inevitably suffer the results of their own inaction. Growth is a normal and necessary part of every spectrum of life and without growth, things cease to function. In our country, […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters 7-8

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“Aslan wants to hurt people, but only to save them when they’re yucky.” “What do you think about that?” “Oh, um, well, it makes him seem bad, but he’s really good.” “Would you want Aslan’s help if you were a dragon?” “No, but I’d need it, right? Or he’d maybe hurt me worse. It IS […]

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