Our Nude Bodies: How Do I Protect My Daughter?

“If anyone ever touches your private parts, you hit them,” I told her. I’m sure she wondered why her mama was reversing the usual “do not hit” rule. My daughter’s cheeks are still soft with baby chub, though her body has lengthened. I stare at her four-year-old arms and legs sprawled out on the bottom […]

When Sex Isn’t Magical

by Anonymous I carefully string the beads on a wisp of fishing wire. They’re clear blue, about ten of them. Then I thread the letters: T-R-U-E L-O-V-E W-A-I-T-S. More blue beads. I tie it round my wrist, feeling accomplished. This will fix everything. / / / / I came of age in the late nineties. […]

Breasts, Backsides and the Table of Equality

by Tina Osterhouse | @TinaOsterhouse The first time I was called into the pastor’s office for wearing something inappropriate, I was 17. I started going to a large community church right after my parents’ divorce. I had recently unashamedly given my entire life over to God and was radically committed to finding Jesus everywhere I went. I […]

Authentic Modesty: Compassion Over Shame

Can I tell you something? It’s rather personal. I rage in the face of summer’s modesty conversations. I hate them. I never, ever respond to any of them posted on Facebook or the blogosphere, but whenever they pop up, I seethe with anger and mentally debate those mothers with their pleas to the peers of […]