Outside the Box: Sexuality, then and now

  Today's post is from my friend Laurie Works, who blogs at laurieworks.com.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about relationships and sexuality. Who am I kidding. I’m always thinking about sex. I have been fascinated with sex and sexuality since I was 10 years old. I taught myself what sex was, with my parents confirming shortly … Continue reading Outside the Box: Sexuality, then and now

Outside the Box: We are less fragile

  My friend Mary, who I knew as Elraen, was the first blogger I started regularly reading while I was in the box. She blogs at Threads of Stars. Here is her post. I grew up believing that I could break other people, break myself, break the world, with the smallest of missteps. There was … Continue reading Outside the Box: We are less fragile

Outside the Box: Where we’ve been, where we are

  Looking at it now, it all seems so simple... The rest of the world was black and white But we were in screaming color... - Out of the Woods, Taylor Swift We can breathe again, out here in the open. Drink in lemonade sunlight because each one of us has faced so, so much … Continue reading Outside the Box: Where we’ve been, where we are

Purity Culture isn’t just a Christian thing

I spent my teenage years immersed in purity culture, in both evangelical and fundamentalist Christian circles. If you were homeschooled, went to youth group, or wore a purity ring, you know what I'm talking about. Purity culture was an ideology, a movement complete with books like Dannah Gresh's Secret Keeper and single women's retreats. A conservative Muslim … Continue reading Purity Culture isn’t just a Christian thing

The UnBoxing Project: Cynthia Jeub’s story

I introduced Racquel and Ashley to my friend Cynthia Jeub shortly before they left the church. Here is her perspective. Mouth shut like a locket Like you've nothing to say Speak your mind up, Come on, baby, free yourself… Don't let nobody try and take your soul You're the original. -Switchfoot I met Racquel over the … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Cynthia Jeub’s story