Here is my latest podcast guest appearance over at Deeper Waters! We talk about sexuality, purity culture, etc.
This is the second episode of The Scarlet Virgins Podcast that has been recorded for Youtube. This episode is on sexual suppression after growing up in purity culture and how it has had an impact on myself and my peers.
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So some weeks ago I had a few of my wonderful readers ask me to respond to a Washington Post piece called, “I’m a 32-year-old virgin, and I’m living the feminist dream.”
It took me some time but I finally got all my thoughts typed up and you can find them here over at Iron Ladies: Chastity for Feminism’s Sake?
I also wanted to let you all know I am recording a podcast episode with Deeper Waters on Saturday but you can see some of the details of that here before it happens: Deeper Waters.
As for my own podcast, my husband is working in his spare time to edit new episodes for The Scarlet Virgins Podcast. If you like my book or haven’t read it yet, you can go check the podcast out and see what I’m all about. I also did some updating to this website so that you can see all of my books in one place and see any upcoming projects on the book tab once we have an estimated release date.
We had a huge breakthrough with The Scarlet Virgins this week as I checked one of my major goals off the list: placing it in a physical book store. If you would like to support me by purchasing it from that store, it is Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City.
While I was signing the copies over (with shaking hands), I realized they had a local musician playing. It was so good that I genuinely thought it was a CD playing, but it was actually live music. He was playing my favorite song and combined with the swirling emotions from handing over the books, I nearly cried. I wanted to give this guy a shout-out because his music is amazing! You can go to his website here, Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter.
Here is one of his videos:
That’s all the updates I have for you now, but I’ll have a few more in the coming weeks!
Anyone here want a copy of The Scarlet Virgins and haven’t bit the bullet yet? Or are a snoopy hater who wants to know what the fuss is about? (I jest, mostly ) You’ll want to check this out! We are offering the first chapter for free through this link.
While I do believe in culpability and that many of the things said in I Kissed Dating Goodbye were damaging, I also believe in forgiveness and grace. For the first time when I actually spoke to him, I saw him not as some evil author out to make a profit on innocent children, but as a fallen man and, more importantly, a Child of God, just as we all are.
Many people are up in arms in support of, against, or in skepticism of the film due to their own experience with Harris’ book. There can be no denying the project has hit a nerve in bringing up the past, a past that many would sooner forget. There are many concerns people have had with the documentary (rest assured, Harris is not profiting from the film), but from the very first moment I heard of it and confirmed that the makers were Christian, I knew that I would #BackTheConversation with I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye.
I think that the documentary is a step in the right direction towards a healthier conversation about sex, relationships, and legalism in Christian circles. I do not expect the film to be the end-all-be-all of rectifying what has happened in the past, and I do not think it should be or even could be no matter what is said or done. It is my hope that, in helping to fund this documentary, it can bring hurting Christians together so that we may heal together, forgive, confess our sins, and rejoice in the love and forgiveness Christ gave us in his death and resurrection.
If you would like to learn more about the film, you can watch the Kickstarter video or see the backer options (as of this writing, there are 6 days left to back it).
No matter if you choose to monetarily support it or not, please pray for all of those involved. I truly believe that the beautiful people involved in the production of this film need to be wrapped up in our prayers as they have been and will continue to face the uglier sides of humanity during this project.
“We have to be willing to call out teaching that puts words in God’s mouth in order to get a certain result, no matter how innocent it seems or how desirable the result may be. The Scarlet Virgins graciously yet honestly reveals the fruit of sexual legalism, and shows us exactly what is ‘so bad’ about Purity Culture.”
I am happy to reveal that I am now published on The Federalist! This has been a very big deal for me, probably the biggest honor I’ve received apart from being published on the largest Christian blog on the web.
I am so happy to be able to represent Christians like myself who value purity and Christianity after living in legalism. Please help me share!
For those of you who knew about this huge honor beforehand and kept quiet, thank you!
In this episode, she addresses these assumptions and calls out purity culture’s failed promises by pointing out how the side effects of the movement are not unlike the ramifications of a pornography addiction.
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P.S. The documentary I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye Kickstarter launched this morning, you can check it out here.
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