The Televangelist: Does "Bunheads" Have The Right Moves?

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television. Fans of the retired TV series Gilmore Girls learned to expect certain things from the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, during its seven-season run. Things like the quirky small-town setting, charmingly humorous dialogue, a strong supporting cast, acoustic guitar strumming in the background, a bold sprinkling of pop culture references, and a savvy-yet-rebellious lead female who ditched … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: The Body Beautiful

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Summer is creeping up on me fast.There are so many more wardrobe decisions that seem to come along with the warmer months. Hemlines sneak their way upward. Necklines slink lower. Tanks, camis, and tube tops beckon from hangers, promising relief from summer heat. Shorts, cropped tees, bikinis... Here we go again. How short is too short? How small is too small? A … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: To Eat or Not to Eat

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Let's talk about women and food.It's gotten pretty complicated. Let's use my life as an example for a moment here.There are the people who give me the funny looks whenever I decline a dessert (rare occasion though that might be), the slight eye roll, and the inevitable exclamation of, "But, you're so thin!" There are the other funny looks I get from w … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Penny Plays Halo

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.If some of my previous posts about watching The Bachelor and my love affair with knitting haven't already clued you in, let's establish right now that I'm a total girl's girl. Like Debbie Stoller of Bust magazine, I'm a devoted post-feminist who passionately believes that "girlie" stuff is equally as valuable as manly stuff and that the feminist revolution will n … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Dear North Carolina

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.In the aftermath of Amendment One passing in North Carolina, there's been a lot of talk about how it impacts homosexual couples. Some people have grieved the way Christian responses may be unfriendly, and others have celebrated what they see as a victory for their values. Or maybe some of us are just trying to figure out where we stand on an increasingly tricky i … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Etsy, Ravelry and the Chance for Real Representation

If you think that knitting is on the brink of becoming a lost art, you might want to think again. There's a lot of knitters out there who would politely disagree, and a surprisingly large bunch of them have made their craft into a full-time job. Aside from the obvious wooly occupations that might immediately come to mind (such as working for a yarn company, at a craft store, or teaching classes), hosting sites like Etsy and Ravelry have enabled something relatively new: Independent pattern … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Moving the Spotlight

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.What do Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, and Crystal Renn have in common?Ashley Judd's "puffy" face drew press attention during the recent debut of her TV show, Missing—as did her smart, assertive answer to the criticism. Jennifer Lawrence, star of the hit Hunger Games movie, was repeatedly taken to task by reviewers for looking too healthy and "curvy" (a rel … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Susan B. Anthony and Me

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.I have to hand it to those Republicans--they certainly aren't shy about getting things done. One bill after another is getting passed in state after state, and things are looking a bit more conservative all over the country.For the record, I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. In fact, most of the time I hate politics. But, as a Christian, I feel like Republican p … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Great Expectations

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Between one thing and another this week, I've been thinking a lot about this piece from Good Women Project. While I don't agree with everything in it, something about what the author said regarding self-worth sounded familiar to me. I don't struggle with a pornography habit, but I'm in love with someone who does—and whenever it makes an appearance in our rel … [Read more...]

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Christian Silence & the Need for Radical Grace

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. WellsOn February 26, 2012, a young man named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by an armed neighborhood watch volunteer. Trayvon was not committing a crime at the time, nor was he armed.The shooter, George Zimmerman, was told not to pursue him by 911 operators, but he ignored that instruction.What exactly led to the shooting after that is unclear. The facts may suggest that the shooting itself and the way the case … [Read more...]


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