The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men

I recently introduced one of my classes to Lucrezia Marinella, an early modern Venetian writer who published The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men in 1600. I think Marinella can be a lot of fun, but the students were relatively unenthusiastic. Possibly this was because Marinella’s polemic can be read as fitting the stereotypical, though mistaken, view of feminism as the exaltation of women at the expense of men.

Five Books That Changed How I Think about LGBTQIA+ People and the Church

I recently read Dianna Anderson’s new book, Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, which outlines a Christian sexual ethics that, among other things, is equally applicable to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Reading Damaged Goods reminded me of other books that have influenced my thinking on the evangelical church’s approach to […]

Dianna Anderson’s Damaged Goods

[content note: rape, victim-blaming] When I was in middle school, I didn’t think that it was possible for a husband to rape his wife. To the extent that I thought about sex and marriage at all, it seemed to me that the wife’s “I do” in the marriage ceremony constituted a “yes” to sex with […]