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By Pela on Interview with Sarah Bessey, "Jesus Feminist"

This is such a lovely piece! I'm an atheist, but struggle to explain some of my feminist and pro-religion views to people (read: my angsty gentleman). She has a graceful, eloquent, honest way with words, and I need that in my life.

Thank you for doing this interview!

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 1:55 am 2

By ifsolitude on Interview with Sarah Bessey, "Jesus Feminist"

So glad to see this piece! I have always considered myself a Christian feminist (and so has my mom).

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm 1

By packedsuitcase on Interview with Sarah Bessey, "Jesus Feminist"

Aaaaaand sending this to every girl in my Bible study who ever had to talk me down about misreading Ephesians (the whole submission thing). Mutual submission is exactly right.

This is fantastic, and I am adding Sarah to my blogroll.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm 1

By on Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@Non-anonymous YES THAT. I have a big problem with anyone who says "the gender binary is super important and real." Because no, it is not. Biological sex is not the same as gender, and a male/female binary is not actually the same as a man/woman binary. A better way to say what she's saying is: "Biological sex does actually make a significant difference in how individuals process alcohol. In double-blind studies,* males and females with similar BMI and levels of fitness correlating with average amounts of muscle for their sex processed alcohol differently because of the difference in water...." etc etc.

I guess that's kind of my problem with the way this piece is written. There are more specific, not much more complex, and very clear ways of saying "male vs. female, it matters" or the conversation in another thread about food "covered in chemicals." I expect better research and better, more specific writing, and a better grasp of gender/science.

No, I don't think it's patriarchal bullshit thing meant to deprive the women of the U.S. of wine. I am, however, really curious about what the "average woman" and "average man" were in the study, and on a slightly removed note, how the expectations of body mass and muscle in men and women in the country might change the results. See separate rant about warning women not to get bulky. Yes, men build muscle differently than women biologically, but also men are encouraged to build muscle more than women.

*I'm making this up, I don't know about the actual study. But I'm sure it's out there, and it would be helpful to know about it.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm 2

By I'm Right on Top of that, Rose on Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@PistolPackinMama I'd flex for you, but this is a new shirt and I don't want to risk tearing the sleeves...

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm 1

By Blushingflwr on Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@chevyvan Yeah, I get that. But as someone with a social science background, I have a problem with the conflation of sex and gender. I understand the need to categorize, and I understand why male/female is a useful category. I'm not upset that genderqueer or trans folks are left out of these recommendations when they're made to the general public. I get that the average human female processes alcohol differently than the average human male. I don't think it's wrong to say "people who fall into X box should follow Y recommendations", but I have a problem with "the gender binary (unlike many other ones) is actually super important and real." Now, having re-read that sentence, what I think she meant was "in this case, the gender binary is important and real", but it took me a couple of passes to pick up on that. My problem isn't with the fact that men and women have different recommended levels of alcohol intake, my problem is with the way it was phrased in this particular instance.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm 1

By PistolPackinMama on Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose I'd admire your muscles, but I can't see them over the bulk of my biceps.*

*not strictly true. You look boss!

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm 1

By Blushingflwr on Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@Non-anonymous I raised a brow at the "the gender binary is real" thing. If you want to say "in general, female-bodied persons process alcohol differently than male-bodied persons so we recommend that women drink less than men", fine, but don't ignore the fact that there is a lot of variation within the sexes. Unless your recommendation for how much women should drink is based on what you think is "ladylike", in which case, fuck you patriarchy, go get me another bottle of wine.

But I also think that the "two glasses" thing is the lay person recommendation. I'm sure there's literature out there that goes into the details of how many ounces, it's just that the average person doesn't know how much 10 oz is.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm 2

By I'm Right on Top of that, Rose on Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@garli Seconded. The day I gave up on trying to form a lean-muscle look and just went ahead with bulking up was the day I started enjoying workouts.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm 4

By leonstj on Which Name Is Weirder, Saxby Chambliss or Barkevious Mingo? The Answer May Tell You Whether or Not You're Racist

i'm a chickenshit conformist in a lot of ways, and usually i'm fine with it.

but in all honesty, it really bums me out in my heart of hearts that i'm a white dude who, should i ever have kids, will give them names like tom or helen or frank or whatever, all because i'm afraid to buck the white-guy-expectations and name my kids something i really like, like dontrelle or catalina.

(typing this out really spotlights the absurdity of anyone ever thinking it's difficult to be a white guy)

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm 4