Lyz Lenz's writing has appeared in Jezebel, where she writes a regular feature about myths and medicine. She's also been published on the New York Times' Motherlode blog, and on the Hairpin, the Toast, and the Butter.
An excerpt from Lyz Lenz's God Land.
Growing up as a girl in an Evangelical world dominated by men, patriotism—or at least a desire for executive power—offered me a way out.
My brother has Down syndrome and happens to be non-verbal. I've spent 20 years learning new ways to listen.
Rural neighborhood churches, once the heart of many Iowan communities, are disappearing along with local schools. The result is a tear in the social fabric of life in the Midwest.
As a home-schooled child in an Evangelical household, I watched as Waco roiled 90 miles away. Unlike black protestors, white fringe groups have the privilege of picking their fights.
Understanding the desire to cure dwarfism requires an understanding of its fraught history.