SCOTUS Ruling on Care & Compassion for All Women

A few months ago, I got an email from a reader who said she grew up conservative Christian, though now considered herself progressive and a feminist. The abortion issue still vexed her. She asked me this:Q:  I have been having a cognitive issue with abortion rights.  I am fervently pro-women and consider myself a feminist, but something about it isn’t sitting right. I agree that women should have control of their bodies, but I guess I'm having an issue with when and/or whether a fetus bec … [Read More...]

Trump. Women Know “That Guy”

His response to a woman’s charge that his buddy assaulted her begins and ends with defending his buddy.We know that guy.He stages a made-for-tv apology reminiscent of an intimate abuser after publicly berating a woman for doing her job.We know that guy.He uses and abuses women who are, aren’t, and might someday become his wives.We know that guy.He ignores the horrific effects of homophobia, even after it leads to slaughter, and turns the focus on himself.We know that g … [Read More...]

An Interfaith Leader’s Twelve-Step Response to the Pulse Massacre

In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education today, Eboo Patel says: “An interfaith leader is someone with the vision, knowledge base, and skill set to create the spaces, organize the social processes, and craft the conversations such that people of different religions can share a common life together.” While the essay doesn’t talk about the horrific events in Orlando this weekend, it’s easy … [Read More...]

Hello, Christians Who Still Don’t Get Feminism

Recently, I sat down with Josh deKeijzer at HelloChristian.com for an interview about feminism and Christianity. Josh took the opportunity to ask me some of the main questions that Christians who remain skeptical or outright hostile to feminism still have. As much as I can’t believe that there are still people who think feminism is some kind of malevolent movement, I understand that stereotypes a … [Read More...]

16 Questions About Feminism & Christianity Answered

Though I wrote the book about eight years ago, I find myself still and once again answering basic questions that Christians have about feminism, and that feminists have about Christianity.This time, it is in preparation for an interview with another website. I’ll share more from that piece once it is published, but thought I’d go ahead and share here the basic questions and summary answers that … [Read More...]

#BlackLivesMatter in Barbershop’s Love Letter to Chicago

I spent five formative years in my mid-twenties living in Hyde Park on the South Side, learning about racial divides and economic stratification in ways that only Chicago can teach.And Barbershop: The Next Cut is above all else a love letter to Chicago.The film finds Calvin’s barbershop sharing space with Angie’s beauty shop to save money and survive amidst continued economic vul … [Read More...]

Prince Was My Third Tween Love (the naughty one)

After memorizing every word of every song on my Rick Springfield cassette tape of Living in Oz, and mooning over my poster of Michael Jackson in his yellow sweater-vest, I came of a certain-age knowing that there was something dangerous and the right amount of naughty about Prince. I knew that he was a different kind of man, the way he dressed and presented himself. My later feminist self would … [Read More...]

Prince Was My Third Tween Love (the naughty one)

After memorizing every word of every song on my Rick Springfield cassette tape of Living in Oz, and mooning over my poster of Michael Jackson in his yellow sweater-vest, I came of a certain-age knowing that there was something dangerous and the right amount of naughty about Prince. I knew that he was a different kind of man, the way he dressed and presented himself. My later feminist self would … [Read More...]

Gender Theory & Religion, Brought to You by E!

How many viewers of reality shows on the E! Channel have studied gender theory? Thought about the religious roots of homo- and trans-phobia? Taken white male privilege seriously as a factor in shaping political alignment and the worldview of a trans* woman? Given serious consideration to how drag can be a deeply insulting to one trans* woman while being a source empowerment to another?I’m g … [Read More...]

Finding Common Humanity with an Outlaw Christian

“Do you ever feel mad at God? Filled with doubt and questions?”So begins this compelling book trailer for Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith By Breaking the “Rules.”Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie, director of the Forum on Faith and Life and Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, follows up her Trinity Prize winning first book, Laughter of the Oppressed, with … [Read More...]

Queering Difference, Correcting Coakley

The following is an excerpt of my discussion of Linn Marie Tonstad’s new book, God and Difference, published in full over at FeminismandReligion.com last month. … [Read More...]

Water, Water, Everywhere: On Death, Flint & “Formation”

Consider images of water flooding recent news and pop culture:Parents holding up baby bottles filled with brown water. Black and brown children with invisible toxins running through their veins, attacking their futures. Families paralyzed, unable to sell houses hooked up to poisonous infrastructure.A police car submerged in water. Ladies in formation dancing in an empty swimming pool. The … [Read More...]


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