For Damaged Girls

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“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...]

Faith Leaders Issue Statement Opposing 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

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I have written here before about my involvement in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress, and have written to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in previous years. Today, I am proud to be one of the signers of a public statement opposing legislation in the House of Representatives [Read More...]

Nonconformity, Anger, Hope: A Genealogy of Words for MLK Day 2015

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This morning, I participated in a Speak-In on campus during which faculty, staff, and students read and heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was an important way to mark the day, and to start a new semester. The complete list of readings is pictured here. I chose to edit the words [Read More...]

Feminist or Faithful? Big Eyes and a Woman’s True Awakening

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Some people have written about how Tim Burton’s film, Big Eyes, portrays the feminist journey of Margaret Keane, played by Amy Adams. Yet no one is talking much about the role of religion in her tale of eventual empowerment. I certainly think there are feminist critiques of patriarchy embedded in the film. From the voiceover narration [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part three

I first shared this post in December 2012 … here it is again for your Christmas enjoyment: My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others. Today, “Welcome Our Sister-Brother [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part two

I first shared this post in December 2012 … here it is again for your holiday enjoyment: My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others. Today, “Sound Forth the [Read More...]

A Merry Feminist Christmas, part one

I first shared this post in December 2012 … here it is again for your Advent pleasure: My friend Jann Aldredge-Clanton is the author of Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and I am taking these days surrounding Christmas to share some of her beautiful work, which features the beautiful images of others. Up first, today, “O [Read More...]

Just Because You Missed the Wave …

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In a recent piece on CNN.com, Nina Burleigh reveals that she’s pretty ignorant about the history of feminism:  “Historians could look back on this year as the beginning of feminism’s third wave.” This year – you mean 1995, or something leading up to it, right? No. She means 2014. THIS year. There are several problems [Read More...]

Casting Off White Invisibility

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In a piece for Salon last week, Brittney Cooper wrote about her ongoing struggle with rage and frustration in the wake of the Ferguson nonindictment: “I woke up in black skin this morning. Frustrated, because for the first time in a long time, I felt the weight, the scourge of this skin. Had visions of [Read More...]

“To Welcome The Stranger”

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The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released the following statement about President Barack Obama’s executive action related to immigration and deportation this week: As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth. [Read More...]

Band Aid 30: Colonial Christmas Is Back!

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That’s right. Your 24/7 Christmas music playlists and stations are likely to have the Band Aid 30 updated version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in full rotation this season, topping sales charts with the charitable intent of raising money to help fight the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. Cathleen Falsani has written over at [Read More...]

Feminist Scholarship & Pedagogies at #NWSA2014

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I’ve escaped the cold blast hitting the Midwest this week by heading to the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Today, I am spending time in a workshop for Program Administrators and Developers, as a former chair and founding member of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program at Illinois College.  [Read More...]


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