• Captain Marvel Earns More Than One Billion At the Box Office World Wide, to the Chagrin of Complementarians and Sexists

It seems almost every time a movie featuring a female lead – or set of them – is released within the past five years that sexist and complementarian social media goes insane with vitriol and condemns these films, or says they are an attack on white men.

I have no idea why men (and it’s usually men) get so upset over female-led movies such as the 2016 Ghostbusters, Captain Marvel, The Force Awakens, or any movie that does not feature a young, male, white lead.

(The same guys were also disturbed by the mostly black-cast film Black Panther and tried to sabotage it – and failed. See: Alt-right group tries to sabotage ‘Black Panther’ reviews).

Before Black Panther, there was Wesley Snipes in the Blade trilogy. In these movies, which were released around the late 1990s or early 2000s, you have a black guy who is half-vampire hunting and killing vampires who were feeding on humans. It’s not as though Black Panther was the first black male superhero on screen.

Before Brie Larson in Captain Marvel and Melissa McCarthy in Ghostbusters, there was Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Conner, Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the Alien franchise, and on TV, we had Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Lucy Lawless as Xena: Warrior Princess. The vast majority of hero characters were male for a long time (and white), but there were the occasional women hero characters.

But I don’t recall the complementarians and sexist ass-hats having conniption fits over those women characters in the past.

Some of these sexist knuckle-draggers even tried to sabotage Captain Marvel before it opened, by down-voting it on Rotten Tomatoes.

Between The Trolls & A Bug On The Site, Captain Marvel Can’t Catch A Break On Rotten Tomatoes

‘Captain Marvel’ Sandbagged on Rotten Tomatoes Within a Few Hours of Opening

Despite the site’s attempts to subvert the trolls, 58,000 reviews were counted (with thousands of them later expunged).

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• Therapists Too Quick to Assume Someone Has a Personality Disorder by Keir Harding

Therapists Too Quick to Assume Someone Has a Personality Disorder by Keir Harding

Keir Harding says those who have lived through trauma deserve better, and Ash Charlton says it is a myth that one of the biggest predictors for an adult becoming an abuser is if they have been abused themselves

[Article discusses a conference about mental health that is to be held in the UK]

…We are moving away from “what is wrong with you?” and looking closer at “what happened to you?”.

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• Grief Can Hurt – In More Ways Than One by Harvard Health Publishing

Grief Can Hurt – In More Ways Than One by Harvard Health Publishing

Grief Can Hurt – In More Ways Than One by Harvard Health Publishing

From the first half of the article:

February 2019

Stress and depression may lead to new health issues or intensify the symptoms of existing conditions.

We tend to think of grieving as an emotional experience, and it is — fraught with intense sadness, profound loss, and psychological pain.

But grief has a physical side that sets us up for a number of health risks.

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• NECRON48 is a Paranoid, Sexist Loon Who Acts Like a Temper Tantrum Throwing Toddler

NECRON48 is a Paranoid, Sexist Loon Who Acts Like a Temper Tantrum Throwing Toddler

This post updated below, March 15, 2019

There’s this guy who I came across while posting to the SSB blog earlier today (March 14, 2019, Thursday). I don’t remember running into him online before.

He goes by the screen name NECRON48, which I end up mis-typing often as NECRON53 or Necron40 or whatever other numerical combination.

I did some googling and found that Necron48 not only has his own blog, but he also posted to the “Sigma Frame” blog, which appears to be a Christianized misogynic Red Pill / MGTOW / MRAs / Incel type of blog – a blog that even references “Red Pill Men” in one of the blog post tag lines there (i.e., “Readership: Red Pilled Christian Men”).

Necron48 posted to a thread on that Sigma Frame blog called,
Why do Christian women have the reputation of being whores?

Hunh. Are the men who post at that blog whores? Why do so many Christian men have the reputation of being whores or child molesters, such as these guys?

This guy keeps accusing me of lying, though he is the one who keeps lying. First he lied about me deleting one of his posts, now he’s lying about saying he never said that in the first place – but he did, proof below, complete with links and screenshots of his very own words.

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• You may be reading the Bible wrong. Pete Enns says the Bible itself shows a better way – RNS

As I grow older, my views on the Bible have shifted. Some of my views are similar to what Enns discusses below. I don’t think the Bible is meant to be a rule book for each and every situation in life, as a lot of conservative evangelicals treat it.

You may be reading the Bible wrong. Pete Enns says the Bible itself shows a better way – RNS

Snippets:

Feb 20, 2019

The Bible isn’t a rule book, an instruction manual, or a road map, says Peter Enns, a Hebrew Bible scholar and the host of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People.So what is it?Something more complicated but infinitely better, as he explains in his thought-provoking new book How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News.

RNS: I loved this book, which seems to be about the importance of honest wrestling with the Bible. You focus here on the Bible as a model of situational wisdom: what it teaches is not always consistent from one situation to another, and our job is to figure out how to navigate that.

Enns: In this book I take a more constructive approach than in my other books, which focused on deconstructing some points of view about the Bible that are very problematic.

I’m trying show what the Bible’s antiquity, ambiguity, and diversity tell uspositively how the life of faith is more like a quest for wisdom than following a road map or book of instructions.

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• Lydia Malone of TWW and Other Sites

Lydia Malone of TWW and Other Sites

(For those of you who signed up to follow this blog for its posts about mental health topics, sexism, complementarianism, or the Me Too movement, my apologies, but this is post will be a divergence from the usual.)


I initially began a post about Lydia Malone of The Wartburg Watch blog, SBC Today’s site, and other blogs around February 2018.

That post has been sitting in the Draft Status area of this blog for a long time. I may copy and post large portions of it into this post.

It is now February 2019. I should’ve blogged about this months ago and never did.

It’s been a few months since I last blogged about this person, and I don’t recall everything I wrote previously,  and I may be copying some content from the draft status post into this one, so I apologize if any of this is repetitive.

Just as I warned people about former Wartburg Watch blog participants Christiane and Velour in an older post, I am warning people about Lydia in this one, or to be cautious about her.

She’s not quite what she seems.

I also wrote about my issues with Lydia in this post on my blog, here:

How and Why I Post and Tweet

History

Lydia is an individual who I got to know at first at The Wartburg Watch blog, and I think she used to post to Spiritual Sounding Board blog for awhile as well. As of May 2018, she occasionally posts to the SBC Today site.

Sometime in 2017 (or possibly late 2016?), I reached out to Lydia on Twitter.

I asked Lydia if I could chat with her via Twitter’s private message system (DM-ing, Direct Messaging).

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• Insensitive, Clueless, or Off-Base Responses by Christians to Pedophile Preacher Article on Christian Site

Insensitive, Clueless, or Off-Base Responses by Christians to Pedophile Preacher Article on Christian Site

I wanted to discuss some of the comments I saw below the last article I just blogged about, which comes from the CBN Site. I blogged about it here:

The Pedophile in the Pulpit: How a Respected Pastor Abused Hundreds of Children for 40 Years, and No One Knew by Heather Sell

Article Comments

I skimmed some of the comments under that article (edit: link now fixed) on the CBN site.

Alex is an adult who says when she was a child that her preacher father sexually molested her. Later in life, she and her brother reported their father to the police, where the police discovered he had raped and molested other children, too. He was arrested.

Alex said she walked away from the Christian faith as a result of the abuse.

Here is what she said, and this is what some of the self-professing Christians in the CBN comment box were reacting to:

Alex has traveled a road that’s not uncommon for abuse victims of spiritual leaders. She stopped attending church and has no desire to go back. “I don’t like the idea of God as a fatherly thing,” she said. “If that’s who He is He wasn’t there for me. If my dad was supposed to be someone who was spreading His word – that’s not the case at all,” she said.

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Unfortunately, some of the Christians reacted to Alex’s rejection of the Christian faith inappropriately – rather than just express their condolences towards her that she was harmed by her father, they chose to defend the Church or God.

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