Category Exploitation

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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We Need Your Help to Spread Hope 

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We have some specific ways you can support the work we do at Dirty Girls Ministries that will directly assist in spreading our message of hope to women struggling with pornography. Will you take a moment to learn more & perhaps lend your support? 

Exhibiting at Like-Minded Events

We have the opportunity to exhibit at two different events later this summer and fall. The first is presented by Exodus Cry called the Abolition Summit taking place in Kansas City August 11-13, 2016. This event equips leaders and individuals to fight the injustices of human trafficking. Exhibiting will cost $300 plus the cost of printing materials to hand out. The second event is the End Exploitation Summit presented by our good friends over at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation...

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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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Your Generosity Makes a Difference!

W3 basic graphicWhole Women Weekend is quite a financial undertaking. But thanks to the generosity of others, we’ve been able to scholarship close to 15 women who could not afford to attend on their own.

Eight of these women include residents of The Samaritan Women, a Christian organization in the Baltimore area providing restorative care to survivors of human trafficking. These precious women will get to hear from Annie Lobert, a human trafficking survivor herself, and learn what it means to be identified by Christ, and not by their past or what has been done to them. Additionally, we are offering a service project during the conference that will directly benefit this organization. 

I want to take just a moment to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this event with a financial gif...

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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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