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Bathsheba’s Story: How I changed my perspective

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Today we have a guest post from one of my former students, Sarah Bowler. I served as one of her thesis readers, and she did some brilliant work, a sampling of which you’ll find here: 
Bathsheba’s story captures our attention. Painters, such as Jean-Léon Gérôme or Rembrandt, have depicted her bathing provocatively. Actress Susan Hayword brought her story to life in the 1951 film “David and Bathsheba,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Authors speculate on her life in historical fiction works.
I’ve even stumbled across various forms of this social media meme (see photo).
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Notice the words “David had an affair,” a fairly common phrase. I thought little of it the first time I saw the meme, but when I conducted research for my thesis on Bathsheba, my perspective changed.
I started with the notion that Bathsheba tends to get a bad rap. I had always figured the details
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Mary DeMuth: Not Marked

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Happy birthday to my friend, Mary DeMuth! Today also marks the launch of her crowd-sourced book, Not Marked. Here’s what Mary has to say about it:

I’m humbled and grateful to be here today. A huge thank you
to Sandra for allowing me to share my heart.

A little background: I’ve shared
my
sexual abuse story
in the past few years, but I haven’t always been
so open. Initially I kept it silent for a decade, then over-shared, then went
silent another decade. The healing journey hasn’t been easy, but it has been
good.

About a year ago, I sensed God wanted me to be bold in
sharing about sexual abuse. I wrote “The
Sexy Wife I Cannot Be
” on Deeper Story,
which went crazy (so many comments), followed by “I’m
Sick of Hearing About Your Smoking Hot Wife
” on Christianity
Today
. The overwhelming …
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Part 1: Rape Culture 101

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I met Toria, our guest blogger, via a podcast I recorded as a guest of Game On Girl. As part of that discussion we discussed “rape culture.” And that led to this series in which she helps us consider what rape culture is and what we can do about it. For a history of how we got here, check out this article. And now, Toria… 
“Rape culture.” These two words aren’t often thought of as going well together. Most people (sadly, not all) know that rape is a crime, and most associate culture with the arts, humanities, philosophy, and other intellectual and creative pursuits. Putting these two words together completely negates the positive connotation of culture. When you strip that away, what do you have? I will start to defining both “rape” and  “culture,” as “culture” has a huge number of definitions depending on whom you ask and …
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