What’s The Best Way To Talk To Little Girls?

I'm sure we've all done it. I know I have. We meet a little girl -- at church, a family reunion, or some other social function -- and the first thing we do is comment on how pretty she looks in that dress, or with that bow in her hair, or in those little shoes. This seems like completely normal, innocuous behavior. After all, what girl doesn't like to hear that she's pretty?However, Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World, argues that, while … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A Feminist Defense Of C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is one of Christendom's most beloved authors, due to works like Mere Christianity, A Grief Observed, and of course, The Chronicles of Narnia. However, the Chronicles have resulted in Lewis being criticized for being "monumentally disparaging of women" (as Philip Pullman put it). However, a recent book by Monika Hilder aims to defend Lewis's writings as presenting a "radical theological feminism." … [Read more...]

Why Women Need Better Fairy Tales

Over at The Hairpin, Renee Lupica lists “Six Fairy Tales for the Modern Woman.”  In her fairy tales, women live fulfilling lives even when they remain single or childless; they are free from violence, successful in their work, fulfill lifelong dreams, and learn to be content with their bodies.  For example, Fairy Tale IV:Once upon a time a woman was very good at her job, and she knew she had added value to the company she worked for, so even though she was nervous, she talked to her boss, a … [Read more...]

A New Wave of Complementarianism?

Over at The Atlantic last week, Abigail Rine debated the pros and cons of abandoning the word “feminist” (a term I defended at some length a few months ago). When a label can’t shake its negative connotations, she asks, is it time to give up on the label? Or to fight for it?  Christians wrestling with gender issues are asking the same kinds of questions about the labels we’ve chosen.  Within evangelicalism today, you’ll find two main groups: those who identify as “complementarian” and those who … [Read more...]

The Still, Small Voice that Doubts Roe v. Wade

Around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade last week, the New York Times' "Motherlode" column ran a piece by freelance writer Christina Loccke about how becoming a mother caused her to question her firmly-held belief in abortion rights. She believes in a woman’s right to choose but when one of her friends, also a mother, told her she was planning an abortion, part of Loccke wanted to say, “Don’t do this. Please.”In describing her emotional turmoil, Loccke writes, “My choice was either to be true t … [Read more...]