This Pastor Is Melting Purity Rings Into A Golden Vagina Sculpture | HuffPost

In certain evangelical Christian circles, the rings were given to young girls as symbols of a pledge they made to abstain from sex until marriage. But the rings ― and more broadly, the Christian purity culture of the 1990s and 2000s ― also shamed young girls into disconnecting from their bodies, Bolz-Weber argues.

“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber told HuffPost. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”

Some Christians believed that a renewed focus on chastity and traditional sexual values was the best solution to the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, Klein writes in her book. The U.S. government, influenced by this belief, began pouring money into abstinence-only education. This helped the purity movement spread beyond the most insular circles and into more mainstream evangelicalism.

In the end, Klein writes, purity culture essentially taught girls that they were responsible not only for their own chastity, but also for that of the boys around them. Girls who had premarital sex were compared to “used” cars, tissues and gum that no one else would want. Purity culture had a particularly devastating and dangerous effect on gay and lesbian teens, since in condemning all sex outside a heterosexual marriage, it left them with no hope for a future relationship. Ultimately, girls were led to believe that their sexual thoughts and choices determined their spiritual standing in the eyes of God. 

Bolz-Weber said she recognizes that for many Christians, an emphasis on purity comes from a genuine desire to lead a holy life. But she said problems arise when people substitute purity for holiness, since purity is easier to regulate. 

“The difference between purity and holiness is that purity is always about separation ― separating ourselves from people who are less religious, separating ourselves from our sexual natures, from our desires,” Bolz-Weber explained. “But holiness is always about connection ― to God, to ourselves, to our nature.”

While writing her new book, Bolz-Weber said she talked to women in their 40s who still wouldn’t wear V-neck shirts because they were once told the shirts were immodest and that female modesty was the best protection from unwanted male sexual advances. Some women who had waited to have sex until marriage spoke to her about struggling with sexual pleasure.

The idea is to tell former purity ring wearers that they are holy because of the life that God has breathed into them, the pastor said, and that this holiness isn’t something that can be taken away by another human being.

“To me, to be able to have the self-determination to take symbols and words and actions that might have harmed me at a different time in life and to reclaim and redefine and rework those into something healing and humorous ― that’s a powerful thing,” she said.

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<i>Bessey, author of </i><i>Jesus Feminist</i>,&nbsp;<i>on&nbsp;how feminism could impact the church’s mission:</i><br><br>”It was following Jesus that made a feminist out of me! That discipleship lead me to caring about everything from maternal health in Haiti to sexism in the Church as issues of justice close to God’s heart. Patriarchy is not God’s dream for humanity: It never was and it never will be. I remain hopeful, too – more and more people are waking up to what wholeness and peace-making can look like for both men and women in the Kingdom of God which changes things on both a small personal scale but also helps to move the needle forward when it comes to systemic injustice, too.”
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The five most frequently asked question about silver jewelry

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Silver jewelry has had world-round popularity for generations. This popularity is mostly due to the price of silver compared to other noble metals like gold and platinum. The great diversity in silver jewelry necessitates that you have certain knowledge if you are to make a successful choice in what jewels to buy and how to care for them. Here are the most frequently asked questions about this kind of jewelry.

How should I clean my silver ornaments?

It depends. Often it is enough to clean them with a jewelry wipe, which can be found in every jewelry shop. Do not use abrasive cleaners or rough surfaces (not even a paper napkin) because that way you risk scratching and ruining the ornament. Clean your jewelry only with a soft towel and do not use your nails to remove debris.

There are special solutions for cleaning silver which you can find at the jewelry shops. Soak your ornaments in the solution for about 30 seconds and rinse with water. If your jewel is a combination of metals and only one of them is silver, or if it is plated with another metal, don’t use this solution, because it may damage the other metals.

How do I preserve my silver jewelry?

If you want your silver jewelry to retain its shine you have to care for it in the right way. The ideal environment for silver ornaments is in a cool place and away from direct light. Heat and light facilitate the darkening of silver. Even the artificial light of a light bulb can harm your jewels. If you will not be wearing your silver necklaces, pendants, bracelets or earrings for some time, it is advisable to store them in zipper bags to prevent oxidation. This will prolong the life of your silver.

What types of protective coverings are there for silver jewelry?

Unlike gold or platinum, silver is much quicker to oxidize. This is why often it is overlaid with another metal in order to preserve its color. There are two elements used for plating silver– rhodium and nickel. The latter is paler, while the former is somewhat darker. Rhodium can also be used with gold and platinum and is considerably more expensive than nickel. Some silver jewels require no protective coverage. For example some jewels are artificially oxidized to give them a vintage look, so no other metal is used.

How to discover the purity of the silver in my jewels?

The typical purity of silver used in jewelry is 92.5% silver and 7.5% additives. To confirm this percentage you have to take your silver accessories to a jeweler who can perform a simple test. The stamp of 925 is usually a statement of purity, but this is not always a guarantee, since the stamp can be forged.

Engraving and adjusting

Engraving and adjusting silver jewelry is easier than the same procedures performed on other noble metals, because silver has more elasticity and a lower melting point. Regardless of this fact, make sure that your jeweler has the instruments required to do the job. Some jewelers do not have the equipment to plate your silver with rhodium after adjusting it. Some rings with precious stones are not adjustable in length.

When buying jewelry, consult the jeweler whether it is possible for this particular ornament to undergo any corrections and readjustments, especially if you are buying it as a gift for someone else.

Gold Star Wife: Nike, Kaepernick Should Visit Arlington Nat’l Cemetery to See ‘True Sacrifice’

The widow of a fallen Marine said Sunday on Fox & Friends that Nike’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick was upsetting to see, given all of the military members that have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Nike recently announced a multiyear agreement with Kaepernick, including video ads and billboards featuring his image, and a contribution to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s Know Your Rights charity.

The company drew immediate backlash after releasing a print ad that stated, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

“My husband did sacrifice absolutely everything for the flag, for the country and for all that it stood for,” Brittany Jacobs said. “To see someone who knelt before it be able to say that he sacrificed everything? It’s hard and it’s sad. It’s not right.”

Her husband, Sgt. Chris Jacobs, served in the Marines for nearly 11 years and was killed in a training accident in 2011.

His wife said Sunday that both of his parents, as well as his grandparents, were Marines too.

“It was in his blood,” she said. “He wanted to serve this country. He was so proud to do it.”

She also said that her husband would be disappointed at Nike’s choice to center it’s campaign around someone like Kaepernick.

“There are so many great men and women in this country that have sacrificed everything,” Jacobs said. “Colin Kaepernick, he’s not one of them.”

Brittany Jacobs: “There’s so many great men and women in this country that have sacrificed everything and Colin Kaepernick, he’s not one of them.”

Jacobs also said Sunday she’d want to invite Nike and Kaepernick to meet her and her son at Arlington National Cemetery “to see what a true sacrifice is.”

“See what it is absolutely like to sacrifice everything for something that you believe in.”

Brittany Jacobs: “I think it’s a good thing that, you know, we can protest in this great country and stand up for what we believe in, but it doesn’t mean that we all have to agree on how people do it.”

Supercharger whine and Exhaust noise

Engine scaling down is all of the rages. The base V6 engine is normally mannerly but might appear raw throughout velocity. Also, remember that your HEI ignition isn’t most likely to remove the blower situation and also a normal distributor is most likely to be needed.

Blowers can be instead costly. He can also be quite messy. Both are linked to one another by a shaft that’s oiled with engine oil.

Our group drives every car you can buy. Just research the type of cars and truck you’re interested in and select a car and truck from our big data source to uncover affordable vehicles available near you. My small revs a great deal faster and also it appears to wish to go quickly at all times. New autos obtain give up a little interest along with classics.

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At the close of the day, it’s simple to see why a person would certainly purchase a Roush F-150 over a Raptor. In some instances, one may want to come across hydro safeguarding. The manufacturing facility MAF ought to be gotten off the airbox since it will certainly be recycled later on in the tubing supplied by ProCharger. It’s additionally worth thinking about if you’re contemplating purchasing a crossover with the need for cargo room for a reason.

There’s no need either to fit another throttle body. If you are able to manage one, go right ahead and also acquire one. Besides shedding boasting legal rights attached to the Redeye, it’s greater than with the ability to satisfy the demands of any type of muscular tissue vehicle proprietor. All the challenging job is currently done, as a result, it’s time to start putting the nose back with each other beginning with the driver-side headlight. Step on the gas and it requires a while for things to begin humming along and also increase to get created.

All it calls for is perseverance. The guidelines were additionally outstanding with lots of good images to reveal to you the way. An extreme amount of ignition breakthrough or a too much amount of compression for a certain octane score can lead to detonation. Next, you need a brand-new gear collection. Eliminating the door panel, you will comprehend a row of many 10mm screws running the period of the cover of the door frame. Also, the huge old’ stripe down the side appears lovely awesome.

All it does is develop an entire team of glorious smoke. I have actually discovered considerably much more straight velocity, and also somewhat higher fuel economy. Due to the fact that there’s no lag with superchargers, throttle reaction is incredibly quick.

In the best situation, a supercharged vehicle’s gripe should not be distinct. A mechanical sound or insufficient boost suggested on the gauge. The noise is truly really trendy. The noise of the V-8 is the very initial thing which gets you. Check out various intake kits online.

Engine interior elements Webcam option must be produced with a lot of breathing in mind. The stock throttle body is really a restriction as quickly as you obtain above 550 rwhp. There is various kind of cool air intake easily offered in the marketplace. Base compression proportions should be figured according to the sort of gas you wish to run.

Yellow gold – an all-time classic

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Wearing golden jewelry always feels like wearing a little piece of the sun. Although lately gold has had all kinds of color alterations (white, violet, pink and even black) yellow remains the most widely preferred color фор this precious metal. The deep honey nuance and shine can never be mistaken for those of another metal.

Yellow gold harmonizes perfectly with every style and the ornaments made out of it add class and beauty to the wearer, if, of course, certain boundaries are kept. In order to achieve this deep yellow color, and also in order to improve the mechanical qualities of gold, other metals, mainly silver and copper, are often added to it, creating gold alloys of different proportions. Copper gives the reddish hue that some golden ornaments have, while silver dilutes the deep yellow to a lemon-yellow tone. This lemon-yellow gold is called “European gold” in some countries such as Russia. This is the main kind of gold produced by countries known for their export and trade in golden jewelry – Italy and Turkey. This is the color of both the mass-made fourteen-carat casual golden ornaments and the designer high-carat hand-made expensive golden decorations.

The so called European gold is nearest in color to the natural gold mined in nuggets or veins, from which for centuries the most elaborate jewels have been fashioned – crowns, rings, crosses, royal scepters and other attributes of many powerful rulers. This is also the color of the golden Thracian treasures discovered recently, which goes to show that the tradition of yellow gold has endured for millennia and will remain esteemed regardless of the other colors of gold available nowadays.


Lately fashion has played a big part in redirecting the taste of modern men and women toward the different, non-traditional colors of gold, but time shows that even though it may step down for a while, yellow gold always returns to triumph in the collections of even the most renowned jewelers and designers. And as we all know, whatever the fashion dictators say, it is instantly accepted by the public and the production lines in Italy and Turkey begin to produce replicas of golden jewels seen in the catalogues of Bvlgari and Versace.

The brightness and shine of gold’s natural color also make it the best gift for every woman, even the ones that are heavily influenced by fashion tendencies. Golden chains, earrings or bracelets are accessories that can make every woman feel like a star.

Simone Biles wins every gold medal at U.S. Championships – OlympicTalk

BOSTON — All the gold medals for Simone Biles.

Biles, in the second meet of her comeback, won her record fifth U.S. all-around title and swept the four apparatus titles, combining scores from Friday and Sunday at TD Garden.

She never thought it would be possible, but she also wants to work on pre-meet nerves, consistency and confidence.

“I’d give it a B-plus,” Biles told Andrea Joyce on NBC.

The four-time Rio Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win all five golds at the national gymnastics championships since Dominique Dawes in 1994.

She won the all-around by 6.55 points over 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd, the largest margin since the perfect-10 system was thrown out in 2006. That gap is larger than that separating Hurd from the 11th-place gymnast.

“I knew I was capable of [scoring this well], but I kind of thought I was going to be a nervous wreck and maybe fall apart,” said Biles, who wore a teal mint leotard in part to stand with fellow Larry Nassar sexual-abuse survivors (teal ribbons were worn at NCAA meets in the winter and spring). “Going into these events, I know I kept telling my family like I don’t know if I’m going to be able to calm myself down the way I did before and handle the nerves, but so far, so good.”

Biles led by 3.1 points after a dominant first day Friday.

At 21, she is the first non-teen to win the U.S. women’s all-around since 1971.

“She’s just in another league almost,” third-place Riley McCusker said. “I’m honestly just in awe of her.”

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After Rio, Biles took 14 months before returning to training last November under new coaches Cecile and Laurent Landi. She returned to competition three weeks ago, winning the U.S. Classic with an uneven bars fall.

No falls over two days at nationals. Just three floor exercise passes that went out of bounds (because of Biles’ otherworldly tumbling power), plus small errors on uneven bars and balance beam Sunday. Biles won her first national title on uneven bars, the only event on which she did not earn a medal in Rio or at any world championships.

Before Biles, the Landis were known for coaching Madison Kocian to uneven bars silver in Rio. Laurent Landi recognized perhaps the biggest obstacle in Biles’ comeback is not among her competition or any apparatus, but between the ears.

“To handle the pressure, to handle the media, to handle everybody, all the expectation, that’s mentally draining,” he said.

Biles has repeated this spring and summer that she feels like a better gymnast than in Rio. The Texan is on a five-year win streak with the only end in sight being her planned retirement after the Tokyo Olympics.

“Confidence-wise and consistency, I still think we have a ways to go to get back up to where I was in Rio, but gymnastics-wise, [better than in 2016],” Biles said. “I think I’m finally starting to get it and understand it. I’ve understood gymnastics for a while now, but I think it’s really sinking in.”

Biles is a shoo-in for October’s world championships team. The five-woman squad will be named after an October selection camp.

Hurd and McCusker are also in great position. Jade Carey, the 2017 World silver medalist on floor exercise and vault, could be a contributor on both events at worlds in Doha.

Ragan Smith, who won the 2017 U.S. all-around in Biles’ absence, is in danger of missing that team. She finished 10th in the all-around, competing with broken toes and lingering pain from an ankle injury that knocked her out of the 2017 Worlds, where she was the favorite.

No doubting who the favorite is this year. Biles owns the world’s best all-around score since Rio by more than two points. Could she sweep the gold medals as she did at nationals?

“It’s irrelevant,” Laurent Landi said. “I think you just need to do what she today … and see what we get at the end. We don’t aim to win. I think it’s bad to think about winning. I think it’s much more important to think about what she needs to accomplish for herself. If at the end she wins, then she wins.”

Aly Raisman, who staged her own successful comeback to make the Rio Olympics, told Biles on Saturday night that she’s not human. Biles was asked Sunday what her international competitors must be thinking.

“Maybe that I should probably quit,” she said, followed by giggles.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Biles fell off the balance beam at the U.S. Classic three weeks ago. She fell off the uneven bars.

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