Tag Archive for purity culture

When Your Brain Says Yes But Your Body Says No & Joshua Harris Says It Doesn’t Matter

By Hannah Renee Paasch   I sat there, staring blankly at the doctor in front of me trying to tell me that my body was okay.   I knew my body was not okay.   I’d been having sex with my husband for months now, and every single time felt like the first time. Tears would stream involuntarily out of… Read more →

When Falling in Love is God’s Idea

By Hannah Renee Paasch   Before I could even look at boys I was sneaking off to the romance novel section of my local Christian bookstore when my folks would stop in for commentaries or prayer journals. Janette Oke knew what was UP. Even as a kid I sensed that her wildly ahistorical plots—the battles, the cloak-and-dagger intrigues that somehow seemed to all… Read more →

One More Voice in the Crowd

By Savannah Hattan   [Content Note: rape, sexual assault]   As I read the articles and commentary spattered across my newsfeed of Brock Turner, the rapist, I thought to myself, “Maybe it’s time to tell my story.” But I’ve always wondered what I have to say that no one else has said; probably nothing new. But as I did dishes, and cooked dinner, I… Read more →

You Are the Point of You

By Hannah Renee Paasch   Finding yourself single again after a long-term relationship—after the one that was supposed to be “the One”—feels both like encountering a freshwater stream in the desert while simultaneously finding that no amount of water can actually quench the thirst you feel so it’s kinda pointless anyway. It is both relieving and deeply demoralizing. You begin… Read more →