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The Black & White of Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: Crystal Renaud

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many women will flock to their local theater to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the widely popular film and erotic book series Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a significant irony about linking a holiday about love and romance with a film that glorifies the use of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism) through manipulation and coercion in a relationship.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey series is often categorized as a romance, it actually normalizes a very serious issue in today’s culture: sexual violence against women. Just like in mainstream pornography, the Fifty Shades of Grey series perpetuates the sexual exploitation of women.

The National Center of Sexual Exploitation states, “The popular series promotes torture as ...

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*UPDATED* Your Kid is Watching Porn: A Word of Warning for Parents That’s Worth Sharing

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By Crystal Renaud

I am not a parent. I am not even married. But if you’re familiar with my story, then it is no surprise that I was once a kid who encountered porn and became a porn-addicted teen. For me, it all began when I was just 10 years old.

This image is me at the age of 10… just a few months after the discovery of a pornographic magazine in my brother’s bathroom which catapulted me into an 8-year addiction to porn and other sexual behaviors. I show it to you so that you can see with your own eyes, what 10 years old really looks like. I think in today’s culture of kids growing up too fast, we forget how young this really is.

20 years later we know that pornography has only become more mainstream, easier to find… and to hide...

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Whole Women Weekend: DEADLINES

W3 basic graphicWe’re less than 6 WEEKS away from Whole Women Weekend!

Whole Women Weekend is taking place August 27-29 in Forest Hill, MD. Featuring Annie Lobert of Hookers for Jesus, Whole Women Weekend is a unique weekend intensive retreat for women who are seeking true and lasting inner healing from hurts & hang-ups, trauma, bad habits, addictions, and more and who wish to encounter God in a way they never have before. In addition to great main session content, attend dynamic workshops presented by Heather Palacios, Tam Hodge, Dana Bowman, Dawn Hawkins, and more.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

  • The deadline for all-inclusive General Registration is Friday, August 14. Registrations after August 14 will not include meals on Friday and Saturday.
  • Additionally, conference rate hotel rooms must be reserved ...
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Your Next Right Step…

When professor and author Dallas Willard was asked, “If a person wants to grow spiritually where should they start?” his answer was, “Do the next right thing you know you ought to do because that’s what God wants you to do . . . but you will need help.”

At Dirty Girls Ministries, we strive to provide women with opportunities to do their next right thing. And we have a few more of those opportunities to tell you about today: 

DG Groups — Leaders Wanted!

DG Groups are new, unique recovery groups for women struggling with pornography and sexual addiction. Groups will meet weekly for 10 weeks online to study the Bible and the Dirty Girls Come Clean workbook together. We are seeking leaders for these groups and now accepting applications.

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Dirty Girls Come Clean Podcast: Episode 4

Dirty Girls Come Clean Podcast | Hosted by Crystal Renaud & Jenny Miller

Episode 4: “Hookers for Jesus: An Interview with Annie Lobert”

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Show Notes: See Below for Annie’s Book Giveaway! Click here for retreat trip giveaway.

In the News: New TV Shows to Avoid!
• According to Charisma News, “A&E, the same network that brings us Duck Dynasty and all the Robertson family’s Christian values, is broadcasting a disturbing new show called Neighbors With Benefits. The new original real-life series follows the residents of an average suburban community in Ohio where the couples maintain a not-so average way of life: Neighbors are often more than just friends in this seemingly ordinary neighborhood that has become home to the controversial, yet surprisingly common, ‘swinger’ lifestyle...

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Christian Grey Belongs in Jail, Not in Your Bedroom

By Crystal Renaud

I wasn’t going to write a blog post about the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie because literally (and that “literally” is not exaggerated) everyone else has and we’ve already discussed the craze here and here. However, after actually viewing the trailers and seeing the hype from the media, I can’t get the following thought out of my mind:

“Christian Grey belongs in jail. Not in your bedroom.”

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Okay, so JAIL may be putting it strongly, but I don’t think I am too far off.

Perhaps it is because I was once the young, mousey girl taken advantage of by an older, stronger man, but the appeal of Christian Grey is totally lost on me...

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