USA Gymnastics is currently in the spotlight for years of allowing a sexual predator to abuse its athletes under the guise of performing medical treatments. As a gymnast of 16 years, I am completely enraged. This incredible sport does not need to be an instrument of abuse and torture against young girls. I know that… Continue reading Growing Up in Themyscira: What Gymnastics Could Be
Birth control can be a difficult subject among Christians. Many Christians have strong beliefs about whether or not to control fertility, and what methods should be used. I want to approach some aspects of this issue: 1) Should Christians limit the number of children they have? 2) Are hormonal contraceptive methods sinful? 3) My own… Continue reading Birth Control in Christ’s Kingdom
My father never once said “If I only had a son…”. Never a mention of all the “estrogen in the house”, or his family’s “cycles syncing up”. I had seen many other fathers talk this way, yet it was conspicuously absent from our house.
One day, I finally asked my dad the question that had been burning inside of me: “Dad, do you ever wish that you had a son?”
I used to be angry about the genderization of video games simply because it left me as an outsider. Now I see that gendered marketing has much wider-reaching consequences. It has contributed to a generation of men and women who spend their leisure time doing different things. This is not a case of men and women simply having different interests. The marital fight over video games has been formed over decades by corporate greed and cultural gender stereotypes.
“No dresses, no pink, no polka-dots, no bows,” I rattle off to my mom. I’m 9 years old, and we’re shopping for new clothes. My favorite outfit is a T-shirt, tennis shoes, and zip-off cargo pants. I love dinosaurs and Star Wars. Everything I own is blue and brown, I despise the color pink. I cringe when people called me “sweetie”, “honey”, or “dear”. Most of my friends are boys, because I just don’t understand girls. At night whenever I dream, I dream that I am a boy. In fact, I hate being a girl. But, I am not transgender…