Book: Big Porn Inc.

There’s quite a buzz around at the moment about a new book about porn. Big Porn Inc (edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray) is written to help combat the mainstreaming and normalisation of porn. It is a compilation of pieces written by women and men who are sick of watching pornography eat away at women, children and society.

Big Porn Inc is not an anti-sex book. As is written in the introduction: “Challenging the sexist and racist pornographic industrialisation of intimacy is not an anti-sex position. Pornography is a distortion of respect-based sexuality“. Continue reading

Book: Lioness Arising

Some days I don’t feel like being a lioness. In fact, during this season of my life, it seems that most days I don’t feel like it. But according to Lisa Bevere, lioness-ing isn’t an action, it’s a state of mind. Well that’s what I learned from her latest book Lioness Arising anyway.

The book is all about that strength we as women possess. That God given, indwelling, fiercely female strength we all have within us – which we perhaps need to awaken (or allow God to awaken within us). Continue reading

Melinda Tankard Reist on Raising Children

One of the greatest ways we can impact this world is by raising our children to be responsible, healthy, compassionate adults who will be proactive in seeing justice served. In a culture rife with immorality, innappropriate sexuality and boundless greed, raising healthy children is difficult.

Someone once said, “The standard you walk past is the standard you set.” Melinda Tankard Reist is a women who takes this responsibility seriously.

Melinda is an author, speaker and advocate for women and girls. I spent some time with her this week and she shared some great advice for raising healthy children in a sex-saturated culture. I had a video all prepared but to my great disappointment, YouTube couldn’t load it (lesson learned about massive files!) So, here’s the (less fancy) typed version..

Warning: some strong sexual abuse topics discussed

What advice can you give parents trying to raise healthy children in a sex-saturated culture?

There are a number of things I advise parents and I’m not saying I’ve got it all right. It’s a constant challenge to raise happy, healthy, resillient children in a culture which undermines our efforts to do that. Continue reading

Book Review: Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam

This book has the potential to change its readers. It has the potential to touch them deep inside and alter something within, propelling them, making it impossible for them to now do nothing about the atrocity that is human trafficking.

Somaly Mam was abandoned as an infant, raped at twelve and forced into marriage at fifteen. After being sold to a Cambodian brothel, Ms Mam endured an unimaginable existence but was able to escape and has found a way to help other victims of this terrible trade. Continue reading