Top Three Posts in April

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The top three most viewed posts in April 2013 here at feminismxianity were: Red Logo Resistance: Homonationalism and the HRC What’s Really Being Ignored in the Gosnell Case? Why Guys Throw Bombs It was a complex (difficult? tragic?) month for news related to religion, politics, and gender, and I think you see that these posts [Read More...]

Open Letter to a Bishop

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“If you could have me read one article, what would it be? … Basically, what do you know that I should know?” One article!  One article?  Well, that’s the first challenge.  Ask any college professor for one reading recommendation, and you’re likely to get more than you bargained for.  However, I know that the work [Read More...]

Chastity Brings May Flowers?

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Well, that’s not exactly what I learned about how the bright spring blooms take hold. Then again, this isn’t exactly a view of sex and God’s plan that I was taught either: Where to even begin?  There’s so much wrong with this image, and that only begins with casting as evil some of the very [Read More...]

Macklemore’s Theology of “Same Love”

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Of course, by the time I got around to watching Macklemore’s Same Love video at the urging of my students, I was informed by others that they were already “over” Macklemore (especially because this thing called Thrift Shop …).  That generation gap just gets bigger every year. As described in a Huffington Post article, the song [Read More...]

“Why Guys Throw Bombs”

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In an interview this week with National Public Radio, Mohamed Elibiary described the kind of young disillusioned Muslims that he encounters in his security consulting work: “I have never seen a female example here in the homegrown sphere here in the United States. There might’ve been a case but I haven’t read any literature or [Read More...]

Who Needs A Day of Silence?

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Today is the National Day of Silence, “a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.”  It is organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) a “leading national [Read More...]

Interfaith Action: Faiths Against Hate

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The Council that convenes the Parliament of the World’s Religions issued an interfaith call for action on Tuesday, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, highlighting their Faiths Against Hate initiative: We honor the runners whose beautiful journeys, many in tribute to the slain of Sandy Hook Elementary, were robbed of their triumphant finish. Their [Read More...]

God-talk 101: Shug & Celie

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I’m teaching The Color Purple this month in Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies.  Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel reflects and encapsulates so many of the issues we have been learning about and discussing throughout the semester, from the intersection of race, class, and gender, to the pervasiveness of violence against women, to [Read More...]

What’s Really Being Ignored in the Gosnell Case?

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The case of Kermit Gosnell became the Friday faux-news-frenzy of the day. Irin Carmon over at Salon.com describes in detail how “There is no Gosnell cover-up.”  First, it received plenty of media attention when the story broke: If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream [Read More...]

Sexual Violence & Christianity: Resources for Action

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center describes this as a time “to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” There are so many ways to do this.  Here are a few things from my small-town world: 1)      [Read More...]

Another Way Forward: Secular Students & a Lutheran College

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I’ve written here before about what it might mean to be a person of faith and an atheist ally.  It’s something that not enough Christians talk about.  Growing out of this work, I’ll be part of a panel at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore this coming November talking about negotiating Christian privilege, [Read More...]

Equal Pay Today! (for last year anyway …)

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Congrats, ladies!  We did it!  As of today, we’ve worked long enough into the new year to earn what our male counterparts earned during the last calendar year. Calendar check:  April 9, 2013. That’s right.  The guys have been done since December 31, 2012.  Or more precisely, they’ve been getting a head start on this [Read More...]


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