Hal Sparks Radio Prgm — #PurityCulture & #Duggars Distort Christianity (05/23/15)

In brief: [Trigger Warning – child abuse/sexual assault] My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

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Enhanced audio: HSRP 05/23/15 — #PurityCulture & #Duggars Distort Christianity


This story matters. Josh Duggar is not an anomaly.

The way people — including viable presidential candidates — are flocking to defend an admitted, serial child molester is the most quintessential example of patriarchy, purity culture, and distorted fundamentalist religiosity intermingling into a perfect storm I’ve ever seen or could possibly imagine. Currently, TLC is considering continuing the show — just minus Josh. So, they’ll still be including the parents who knew and covered it up to continue the money flow as well as the victims — Josh’s SISTERS — who, no doubt, wouldn’t be allowed to decide for themselves if they participated. Perfect.

Hal and I talk about purity culture a lot; here we break down all the elements we could get to in a 20 minutes segment. There’s really just way too much; I suggested my friend Dianna’s book (link below) and the pile of resource clips to get more of the story and analysis.

I took Michelle Duggar’s “used bicycle” analogy and the hypocritical mouthpiece jerkbag describing her in the clip Hal played personally. I’m “unethical” to these people because I have more than one romantic partner, but their celebrities and leaders prey on children and cheat on their wives while my partners all did, have, and will consent to being involved with a polyamorous person not looking for an anchor (spouse/live-in, etc) partner. (I wrote about it at The Frisky if you’re interested in more.) I know who I am, what I want, and I form long-lasting loving bonds with many people — friends, family-by-choice, and romantic partners. These people have no idea who they are, how to treat each other in an honest way, how to communicate what they need and MOST IMPORTANTLY how to give/ask for consent.

Blog Extras:

This is the resource the Duggars use to handle child abuse:

Duggar Counseling graphic

If you can stomach it, here’s Michelle’s transphobic, anti-everyone robocall recorded and distributed after she knew her son had molested several of her daughters:

Links to on-air references:

The book I recommended: ”Damaged Goods” by the awesome Dianna Anderson

“How the Duggar’s homeschooling curriculum instructed them to deal with sexual abuse.” graphic via @Spacekatgal

“Josh Duggar’s Police Records Destroyed” at Talking Points Memo

“Josh Duggar Didn’t Make a “Mistake,” He Committed a Crime” by Zerlina Maxwell at Cosmopolitan

“Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council Amid Charges of Child Molestation” by Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check

“Breaking: ‘I Acted Inexcusably’ – Josh Duggar Apologizes, Resigns From Family Research Council” at The New Civil Rights Movements

”Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council” at The Daily Caller

”Josh Duggar and the Conservative Infatuation With Fame” at The Daily Caller

“The Duggars’ dangerous cult of purity” by Alexandra Petri at The Washington Post

“Listen to Michelle Duggar’s anti-anti-discrimination robocall” at The Washington Post

“Oprah Sent Duggar Family Packing After Molestation Tip” via TMZ

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