Category Archives for Personal Stories

From Fundamentalist to Feminist

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Guest post by Carlin Ross As women, I think it’s easy to forget our journey. Careers, motherhood, and the constant barrage of life duties and expectations keep you locked down in the present. Sometimes you need to spend an hour or two answering questions about your life story to remember. I grew up in a […]

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Women’s Voices on Leaving Religion

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Last week, I wrote an essay about why there weren’t more women atheists, citing statistics that set the number of men who disclose themselves as atheists at 68% and women at 32%.[1] I post my blog to a number of atheist Facebook groups each week. I have never received so many comments in the two […]

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Women Beyond Belief Podcast Coming Soon!

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Wendy Marsman is launching a new podcast entitled “Women Beyond Belief.” She graciously asked if she could use the name of my book “Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion” and I agreed immediately! Here is her story. An Ex’s View of the World I think there is a large group of women who can […]

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22 Amazing Women – Part Two

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  As promised, here are excerpts from three more of the 22 women who wrote their personal stories of leaving religion in my upcoming book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. Hopefully you will agree with my assessment that it took strong doses of courage, will, and strength to share their stories with us. […]

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22 Amazing Women – Part One

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“All three Abrahamic religions are nasty, and women have borne the brunt of the nastiness throughout history. It still persists, and it is moving to listen to women of today telling their personal histories of the various ways in which religion has oppressed them, from childhood on. In their interestingly different ways their testimonies seem to add up to […]

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Trapped in a JW Marriage

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So many years of living in misery, living out the “truth” of the organization, day in and day out.   At this time in my life, I have been excommunicated from the organization (the church) for over 12 years, since my divorce from my first husband.  I was raised in an environment where the trust in […]

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Abstinence-only Sex Education

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Re-reading the classics of feminism such as Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, I am amazed at how far women have come since Sigmund Freud’s misogynist attitude toward women and their sexuality. But then I encounter Amber Barnhill’s poignant story about her total lack of sex education and I realize we […]

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