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The Purity Standard Is Outdated And Unfair. And it's Time For It To Go

Ali Owens | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women
Ali Owens

If I could sum up the era of my life in which I was discovering my sexuality in one word, that word would be: shame. Despite the personal nature of this story, I feel compelled to share it, because I fully believe that no young woman should have to experience such intense shame -- yet the sad truth is, most do.

Why Success Isn't What Everyone Thinks It Is

Atif Rashid | Posted 09.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Atif Rashid

We're all looking for it -- success. But what is it and how can we get there? Photo by bernavazqueze When the veils, garbs and blindness of succes...

Who Needs "Likable" Characters? Not Jonathan Franzen, or Me

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.05.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

I really perked up when the conversation turned to the notion of likability. Who says we have to like a character? Yet Franzen claims that "the safest thing" in writing fiction is not caring what the reader wants, in the sense of realizing, "Not everyone will like this guy."

So, Should You Read Jonathan Franzen's New Book, 'Purity'?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts

Arguably the most anticipated novel coming out this fall is Jonathan Franzen's Purity, the story of a young girl who tries to work for the Internet b...

Jonathan Franzen Demonstrates His Spirit Animal Is Lucille Bluth

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts

In a recent interview with The Guardian's Alison Flood promoting his hefty new novel, Purity, Jonathan Franzen made a startling admission. As Flo...

Virgin, Schmirgin

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

When I was interviewing for my current pastoral job, one of the questions asked of me, in one of the many different conversations I had with various committees, was, "What does the Virgin Birth mean to you?"

A Beautifully Sentimental Photo Project Poses Women In Their Mothers' Wedding Gowns

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts

There's something strangely magical about wedding gowns, the white dresses infused with fantastical (if not slightly old fashioned or misguided) ideas...

Is Networking in Meditation Groups a Moral Issue?

Ken McLeod | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Ken McLeod

Is meditation good for your career? According to a recent article in the NY Times, the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." But does this violate the sacredness of the practice?

An Open Letter to My Daughter the Princess

Myiea Coy | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Myiea Coy

As we approach your 14th birthday, it is with great trepidation and anxiety that I write this letter to you. I am so proud of the young lady you have become, but I feel I am fighting against the clock to instill in you the life lessons I hold so dear.

The Infinite Depths of Love

Ann Purcell | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Purcell

Love is one of the great mysteries of life. It is something everyone wants and aspires to. The first experience of love begins at birth. We then grow ...

The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

Anne Simone | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Anne Simone

What purity teaching did for me was distill me down to my body. The core of purity culture was that my mind didn't matter, my personality didn't matter, my dreams and desires and goals didn't matter -- if my shorts were too short.

LOOK: This Is America's First Sex Manual

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 08.20.2013 | Women

On the internet, there are seemingly endless resources for information about sex -- for better and for worse. But where did Americans get their sex ed...

Emma Gray

How Myths About Virginity Harm Women | Emma Gray | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women

Virginity. Chastity. Purity. Your V-Card. The Big V. It’s the thing women are told not to “give up” but to “lose" eventually. It was the s...

PHOTO: Yep, It's Probably British

Posted 08.18.2011 | Comedy

Here's what we know about this device. It's nickel-plated. It was worn on the base of the penis in order to deter arousal. And a quick google search r...

Obama Is Treating Friends Like Enemies and Enemies Like Friends

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Bush never treated his base as contemptuously as Obama deals with liberals. He responded to tax cut criticism by dismissing his critics as sanctimonious and fixated on purist policymaking. This unproductive response is part of a trend.