On Tim Hunt, the Doktorvater & #distractinglysexy Women

Nobel prize winning biochemist Tim Hunt recently made headlines with his comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.” [Read More…]

Summer Reading List from a Lutheran Roundtable

I recently attended a meeting of the Theological Roundtable of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a network of groups of theologians, scholars, activists, and clergy working in various positions around the country.  As part of our introductory session, the chair of the meeting asked each person to recommend a book … something from each [Read More…]

At the Intersections: The Sacred Feminine, Medieval Style

Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Lisa Deam, scholar of art and the history of the middle ages.  I met Lisa when we were both postdoctoral fellows in the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, [Read More…]

How Should People of Faith Respond to {Bruce} Jenner? (#CallMeCaitlyn UPDATE)

[For updated reflections on #CallMeCaitlyn, scroll to the end of this post.] As Bruce Jenner prepares to tell some of his story in an interview with Diane Sawyer, I find myself intrigued and terrified.  Intrigued to hear how he tells it.  Terrified of the hateful mockery that is likely to continue and intensify. On that [Read More…]

When Religious Freedom Only Protects Heteropatriarchy

It’s not really religious freedom. Conservative politicians have been on a roll for the past couple of years coopting the idea of religious freedom, itself an important element of our pluralistic democracy.  The version they are trumpeting and carving into law, however, is anything but religious, free, pluralistic, or democratic.  Indiana’s new law is only [Read More…]

Vocation at the Intersection of Self & World

Today I’m heading to St. Louis for the National Conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, NetVUE.  I’m particularly excited to hear Krista Tippett speak at one of the plenary sessions, she of the On Being podcast, radio show, blog, and general fabulousness.  I have written before about this conference, and my participation [Read More…]

At the Intersections: I Remember

Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Leah Fortner, who is a senior at Illinois College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. She plans to move to Oregon and become a Child [Read More…]

At the Intersections: On Being Black and Queer at a Black Baptist Church

Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Brittany Spaulding, a Chicagoan who will graduate from Illinois College this May.  Brittany looks forward to starting work on her MFA in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago in the fall.  She is [Read More…]

A Feminist Religion Professor’s Valentine’s Weekend

What’s a great way to spend a heteronormative greeting-card holiday? At conference for gay and lesbian college student activists? Yesss! A couple of years ago, it so happened that I was teaching an essay by bell hooks on the patriarchal construct of romantic love on February 14. A key idea in “Romance: Sweet Love” is [Read More…]

For Damaged Girls

“No matter your age, you have rights to your own body.” “Churches are a community, but your body is not community property.” “You, and only you, have the ability to say yes or no for yourself.” “Your feelings are valid: It’s OK to be who you are.” “You are loved.” Dianna Anderson is crystal clear [Read More…]


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