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How Chattanooga artist Ali Waller is casting sexual assault survivors in a new light 

At an installation that’s recently toured the country, each plaster bust has a story.   The creation of Chattanooga-based artist Ali Waller, the “/200” project features 940 busts of women, including Waller herself, who are sexual assault survivors sharing their story through sculpture.   The 22-year-old artist started working with plaster in 2020 after seeing the “Filthy Rich” documentary series, which explained how Jeffrey [...]

By |2021-05-26T10:21:24-05:00May 25, 2021|Feature, Story|

Purity culture: Why the Josh Duggar case is about sexual violence not sin 

The latest scandal involving Josh Duggar, a former reality TV star turned conservative political operative and business owner, highlights how patriarchy and purity culture allows abuse to continue unchecked, says a noted licensed psychologist and human sexuality expert.   Dr. Camden Morgante, who practices in Knoxville, Tenn., said the Duggar case is complex but shows how several myths of purity culture play out in real life.  [...]

By |2021-05-18T09:39:08-05:00May 12, 2021|Story|

Meet the South’s new cannabis activists

Legal cannabis is finally coming to the South. But the legislators across the South now debating cannabis decriminalization for adult and medical use didn't just have a sudden change of heart. In states across the South, advocates and entrepreneurs have been pushing for the change in the region that historically been most [...]

By |2021-05-07T11:23:13-05:00May 5, 2021|Story|

Mission Reconcile helps Southern churches dismantle racism through food, fellowship  

What do you get when you mix great Southern food, Jesus and anti-racism work?   The New-Orleans based nonprofit Mission Reconcile.   Mission Reconcile works to create racial reconciliation between predominantly single-race churches through shared worship, intentional conversations on understanding racism, and of course, food and fellowship.   Established in 2017, the organization facilitates conversations and fellowship between churches [...]

By |2021-05-07T11:22:45-05:00April 29, 2021|Race, Story|

Emily Joy Allison: Reading, watching, and acting on purity culture

America and the evangelical church is wrestling with the ramifications of purity culture: a teaching that tells people they should not have any sexual contact before heterosexual, monogamous marriage. In some circles, purity culture also demonizes masturbation, sexual fantasies and even simply being attracted to or aroused by someone else. [...]

By |2021-04-19T15:03:21-05:00April 19, 2021|Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

Fight over Mississippi medical cannabis gets airing in state’s high court

The saga of medical cannabis in Mississippi just won’t end, but we’re one step closer to knowing the fate of the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis provision, Initiative 65.  The Mississippi Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments from lawyers representing Mary Hawkins Butler, mayor of Madison, an affluent suburb north of [...]

By |2021-05-06T17:04:50-05:00April 14, 2021|Health, Politics, Story, Uncategorized|

Racism and purity culture: Atlanta shootings show how they’re linked

When Angie Hong heard about the purported “sex addiction” of the Atlanta mass shooting suspect and his so-called need to “take out that temptation,” she thought about purity culture and the blame-shifting that men embedded in it use to justify their behavior, including violence.   Ministers and activists say the [...]

By |2021-04-07T10:55:52-05:00March 18, 2021|Politics, Race, Reckon|Women, Story|
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