Five articles, blog posts, or links that I thought were interesting over the past week (or two):
Leaving Home: Escaping the Stay at Home Daughters Movement, a guest post by Samantha Field
I didn’t know about the Stay at Home Daughters Movement when I went to Union, but I did know about Voddie Baucham. Like a lot of Union’s evangelical celebrities, I rolled my eyes when he came to speak in Chapel and continued on about my business. But this past year I saw THIS VIDEO about how Voddie Baucham’s daughter skipped out on a college scholarship to stay home to help Dr. Baucham with his research because that was what God wanted women to do, and I couldn’t believe it. My college celebrated the leadership of a man who did not think women should GO TO COLLEGE???????? I haven’t been able to think of Union or Voddie Baucham the same since.
Can Full-time Bloggers Live Off of Rainbows and Hugs?, by Holly Becker at Decor8.
The real meat of this post is in the conversation in the comments, not really the post itself. When I think about bloggers who make money, and others who write for compensation, I do not think poorly of them for earning a living but I do sometimes read their opinions skeptically because I question their underlying motivations. This post and the comments below made me think a bit more carefully about that.
The entire stream of posts at http://www.faithfeminisms.com has been catching my eye and holding my attention over the last week. This first post introducing the blog is where you should start, but do keep reading; there is a lot of good thinking going on there. I fully expect this site to continue to be awesome and care-filled and thought-provoking.
You Don’t Need More Talent or More Time, by Glennon Melton at StoryLine
Glennon Melton from that blog Momastery gives advice to writers: Stop hiding the bad parts of yourself, stop hating them, and start loving yourself. “Only the forgiven and loved can help others be forgiven and loved. Only the free can free others. Don’t be talented, be free.”
The Trouble with Bright Girls, from Psychology Today
This was an interesting read for me, basically positing that smart female children are told that they are innately smart or gifted, instead of being congratulated or rewarded for the results of their hard work. While this may not be true across the board, I think it was true for my own perception of myself as a child and young adult. It wasn’t really until law school that I learned how much I could learn and accomplish with hard work and serious practicing, as opposed to just naturally being however I was.
(UPDATE: please forgive the half-post that just went live, the hotel internet is TERRIBLE.)