For a Feminist Advent

Ruach

Last year, I first shared some seasonal feminist musical resources around Christmas.  They feature the words of my friend Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton from her work on Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians.  I’m sharing some of them here again this year, especially for anyone who is looking for rich, creative, and inclusive words to inhabit comforting [Read More...]

Racism, Sexism, & The Holiday Classics

holidayinn

I just ruined “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” for my husband this year.  He’s endlessly irritated that I made him read this Salon article pointing out how the 1940s winter tune is a date rape anthem.  She says no.  He plies her with drink.  Hey … did he put something in the drink?  Isn’t it sweet? [Read More...]

Truth, Generosity, & Gratitude

indiancorn

In a longer piece at Feminism and Religion last year, Carol Christ shared this story about celebrating Thanksgiving at her home in Greece: Before we shared the meal, my friends, Greek, Australian, and British, asked me to explain what Thanksgiving is.  Here is what I said: “When we were young, we learned in school that [Read More...]

Speaking Her Story

today

A whole lot of people read my post last month in response to Simone Jhingoor’s on-air proposal.  Even Yahoo! picked it up.  On Friday, Jhingoor wrote a great piece over at The Aerogram reflecting on the media frenzy that ensued her Today Show moment, and how it affected her experience of getting engaged. In particular, [Read More...]

It’s My Birthday! … & Other Awareness Events

CR-ABG

October seems to be full of things of which you should be aware, only one of which is my birthday today.  Here are a few others that you should check out: Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15):  Have you been watching Latino Americans on PBS?  Check it out … I have it DVR’d.  [Read More...]

Subservient or Subversive, The Butler Works in a Man’s World

butler

I resisted seeing The Butler.  After the mess that was The Help, here came yet another movie valorizing the black domestic.  Yes, this time it would have the sweep of history and the he-was-there-for-it-all thing going on, featuring an Oscar-bait cast.  But really, did I have to reward another portrayal of subservient roles that a [Read More...]

Race, Class, & J.K. Rowling

vacancy

I finally got a chance to read The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first published non-Harry Potter book, and I’m trying to remember why it got lackluster reviews.  But I don’t want to go back and read any of them because I found it captivating. Maybe it was too soon on the heels of Hogwarts, or [Read More...]

Laboring For Justice

fastfoodworkers

Jamilah King over at Colorlines has a great post this Labor Day weekend, beginning with a note about struggles for economic justice today: “Across the United States, thousands of fast food workers have walked off the job and staged strikes for higher wages. Service work—one of the fastest growing sectors of the job market—is tough to [Read More...]

“Challenge Our Labor to Set People Free”

daisy bates

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Pictured here is Daisy Bates, “the only female organizer who spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.”  The commemoration this year has turned a lot of people’s attention to the ongoing work for justice, jobs, and freedom.  It also [Read More...]

At the Intersection of Fruitvale & Clay

summerflowers

The following is an excerpt of a piece I wrote that was published earlier this month in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier: I left some flowers at the corner of Morton and Clay … just a few I’d picked from my garden and tied with a ribbon, laid on the corner next to a [Read More...]


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