Jezebel Site and xoJane Site: Pot Meet Kettle – On Supporting All Women’s Voices
I saw this paragraph or so in (Link): an article on Jezebel’s site (by S. Edwards; title: “xoJane Publishes Terrible Article By a Woman Who’s Glad Her Friend Died, Then Deletes Her Byline“):
- It’s a well-known fact that outrageous confessionals—the kind that populate xoJane’s section, It Happened to Me — garner traffic. Outrage, disgust and anger are the stuff of going viral (a phrase that conjures up disease as much as anything else). Yet xoJane seems to consistently cross an unspoken line, confusing any woman’s opinion as one inherently worth publishing, no matter the opinion, or its costs.
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Mommy Blogger Confesses in Blog Post that Mommy Blogging is a Bunch of Fake, Happy-Clappy B.S. – Kind of Like Most Christian Adult Singleness Blogs
I first got wind of this story via SCCL Facebook group ((Link): Conversation about this topic at SCCL FB Group).
A link to a news article about the Mommy Blogger is much farther below. I wanted to say a few things before getting to the article.
The (ex?) mommy blogger in question, Josi Denise, says in one of her blog posts that a lot of mommy blogging is fake and too happy-clappy.
Denise’s critique of Mommy Blogging is reminiscent of my views on blogs or magazine articles by Christians pertaining to adult singleness, which you can read here:
I find that a lot of Christian-written material for adult singles is too sickeningly sweet.
There is an absence in most Christian-penned material for singles that honestly, really gets into and grapples with, how hard, painful, or disappointing it can be to be single into your 30s and older, when you had really expected or had hoped to marry.
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This Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2015
The folks at Word Press sent me an e-mail with a link to an annual report about this blog.
It seems like everyone and his grandma who blogs is making a post like this one, so I figured, why not.
Here are a few of the things that the review says about this blog:
- -The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog [Christian Pundit] was viewed about 100,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
- These are the posts that got the most views in 2015….
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A Response To J D Hall’s Vomit-tastic Post about Village Church’s Handling of Certain Members, Covenants, and Marriages
Before we get to the post by J D Hall:
- The Village Church (TVC) of Texas has placed Karen, who was once a member of theirs, under church discipline because she did not, according to them, abide by the church covenant she signed.
- Instead of conferring with the church on what to do, Karen, on her own, sought an annulment from the state of Texas, once she discovered her then-spouse, Jordan, was a pedophile.
- Karen said she spent about 50 days conferring with other Christians (not from the TVC), and in prayer, mulling over what to do, before seeking the annulment.
- This action of hers has ticked off TVC leadership, because Karen did not get their permission to get the annulment.
- Matt Chandler is the lead preacher of TVC.
You can read additional reporting of this situation here (additional material is at the bottom of this post):
Here is the page I am responding to:
The covenant that Hall is so rigorously defending – TVC’s membership covenant – here does not even mention annulments.
As Karen explains (off site Link, Source):
- …it is worth noting here that although The Village Church claims [in their e-mail] that “We see an annulment as a subcategory of what Scripture defines as a divorce in Mark 10:9” …, this cannot be found anywhere in their Membership Covenant or Bylaws.
- In signing their Membership Covenant shortly after my 24th birthday, I had agreed to nothing in regards to the possibility of annulment should I come to realize that my marriage had been a complete sham from the beginning.
- There is a vast difference between a divorce and a marriage that is voided on the grounds of fraud, and I had no way of knowing that the leadership of The Village Church would respond to it in this fashion.
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‘Slap Her’: The So-called Heartwarming Video That’s Actually Disturbing by R L Stollar
(Link): ‘Slap Her’: The So-called Heartwarming Video That’s Actually Disturbing by R L Stollar
- A viral video called “Slap Her” is going around Facebook. It features five young Italian boys who are introduced to a young girl named Martina. Luca Lavarone, the videographer, instructs the boys to do a number of things to Martina: say what they like about her, “caress her,” make funny faces at her, and then — finally — to “slap her hard.”
From there, Stollar goes on to critique the video (video is embedded at his blog), and I agree with his critique.
What is supposed to be a message encouraging males to be empathetic towards girls and women actually contains an undercurrent of misogyny and disrespect.
Related posts on this blog:
(Link): A Critique of the post “Is It Sexist That Women Twirl?” by Matt Reagan at Desiring God Site