“Listen to Those of Us Fighting”

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My Women in Islam class meets tonight for the first time this semester.  It’s a class I teach regularly, as a way to bring more students into deeper contact with and understanding of a major world religion that most in my classroom don’t encounter often.  Using the lens of gender analysis helps me find one [Read More...]

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

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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...]

I Am Not Trayvon Martin

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In 1903 they were true.  In 2013 they remain true.  The words of W.E.B. DuBois about what it means to be a black man in the United States, with which Melissa Harris-Perry began her program’s footnote the day after Trayvon Martin’s killer was found not guilty: “Between me and the other world there is ever [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...]

Christian Is as Christian Does

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My colleague and fellow participant in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress, Rev. Matthew Westfox, has an excellent ‘open letter‘ to conservative Christians opposing the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act over at The Melissa Harris-Perry Show page. Here is an excerpt where he suggests that we all [Read More...]

Justice, Compassion, Conscience & ‘Biblical Values’

Whenever someone claims to be talking about biblical values, they’re likely just telling you about their own personal values.  But the truth about what the bible does and doesn’t talk about is often inconvenient for the anti-choice crowd.  Here’s what Rev. Matthew Westfox said last week: “Choice” is not often thought of as a biblical [Read More...]

On Anger: Audre Lorde & MHP

Watch this: Read this: “Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into being.  Focused with precision it can become a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.  And when I speak of change, I do not mean a simple switch of [Read More...]


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