9 Things I’ve Learned Since May 25th

On Monday, May 25th, 2020—Memorial Day—I was enjoying a long weekend. It was exceptionally nice because my noisy neighbors spent the weekend away, and everything was peaceful and quiet at my house. Little did I know that on that very day, Derek Chauvin was murdering George Floyd and that an entire new civil rights movement was about to begin. There are a lot of things that I was about to learn, most of which I wish I could unlearn. But instead of taking back what I’ve learned, I have to own up to the ways that my own white privilege has enabled the system of white supremacy, and learn how I can use it to help create equality, justice, and peace for all races and all genders.

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Do All Lives Matter?

Yes, all lives matter.

So why, in that case, does saying so offend so many so deeply?

Since the Black Lives Matter movement began at the hands of three powerful black women in 2013, it has been criticized for its exclusivity. “What about white lives? Asian lives? Mexican, Russian, Indigenous lives? Don’t they matter?” people say. To this, those three women, and the global network that has since grown out of their movement, would say yes, of course. All lives matter.

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Being Open With Your Fans

I love to watch YouTube. You probably know this. I’ve talked a lot about how much I love the channels of people like Rachel Oates, Jaclyn Glenn, Viced Rhino, and Genetically Modified Skeptic. But the channels that I watch the most are “comedy” channels, like Alyx Weiss, Kurtis Conner, Drew Gooden, and Jenna Marbles. Laughing at YouTube videos like theirs can make my whole day sometimes. Whenever I feel down, I really don’t need motivational quotes or encouragement to make me feel better. What I need is to laugh.

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My First Time Responding to a Pro-Life Christian

This is one of those weeks when I spent days waffling back and forth about what to write about come Saturday. I had considered writing a response to some anti-abortion videos I saw about a month ago, but I had no idea how to go about it. I am not too well-versed within the abortion debate, so I didn’t know if it would be worth trying to put my thoughts on it together in a blog post. But as I was re-watching these videos from Christian YouTuber Becca Eller, I saw that she, too, had been nervous to talk about abortion but decided to give it a try anyway. So I’m giving my response to her videos a try too.

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The Unholy History of Marriage

Many people think that marriage is a religious institution, and with this ideology, they believe it is right to bring their religious beliefs into the matter. This could be in the form of the belief in no premarital sex, cohabitation, or even kissing, or a condemnation of any type of homosexual marriage or romance in the first place. Usually we think of people with these beliefs as advocates for “traditional” marriage, but as it turns out, marriage itself isn’t quite traditional in any way.

As I write this, I’m getting married in exactly two weeks, so weddings and marriage are among the only things I’ve been thinking about! Continue reading “The Unholy History of Marriage”

Religion vs. Women

There’s a trend that I’ve noticed among Christian women, specifically in their blogs (some examples are here, here, and here), to put a great amount of their gender identity into their religion, and for a while I wondered why that was. Why, for so many Christian women, is their gender such a salient part of their religion?It’s hard to not notice that many Christian-girl blogs tend to look similar: white background, a floral logo, and script fonts everywhere. They usually say something about being a daughter of the king or doing things in a God-honoring way. A common topic is how to manage romantic relationships and lust and how to not end up in a situation where a boy and a girl might be together with no supervision.

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Homosexuality and the Bible

In the fall of 2017, I went to a talk at school called Homosexuality and The Christian. It was a small informal thing in the student union, held by a resident director. She talked from personal experience, saying that she had close friends and family members who were gay. She went on about how to deal with “same-sex attraction” as a Christian, reiterating the views of a Christianity-homosexuality scholar named Matt Yarhouse. I believe that he ultimately advocates for celibacy if one is same-sex attracted and it disobeys one’s religion, and he suggests that one can find companionship with friends and in the church, and of course, in Jesus Christ himself. Continue reading “Homosexuality and the Bible”