The Female Gaze: Fifty Shades of Bondage

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.It started out as Twilight fan-fiction, with a darker edge and a whole lot of x-rated pseudo-BDSM sexuality—and somehow skyrocketed from Internet obscurity to international infamy. Today, the Fifty Shades of Grey series has sold over thirty million copies worldwide. It's been on bestseller lists for months and even beat out Harry Potter for the title of fas … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Conflict of Interest

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.As the designated "women's issues" writer here at CaPC, I get unofficial dibs on incidents impacting women--which seem to increase in number around election season. Today's news offered me this little gem: A Republican candidate for Senate asserted that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" are practically guaranteed not to get pregnant. The politician, Rep. … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Belly Dancing with Confidence

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Whatever I had been expecting when I walked through the studio door, this wasn't it. Four women, one of them our instructor, all older than me and dressed in ordinary workout clothes, barefoot in the center of a mirror less, windowless room. Plus me—yoga pants, faded sports bra, stretchy tee, ponytail. None of us looked like ballerinas, models, or dancers. But, fo … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: No One Wins When Men and Women Play for Power

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 there's one thing I'm really tired of in Christian culture, it's the seemingly constant grab for power. Some days, I see it almost everywhere I look. The people who spend thousands of dollars trying to boycott one law or another—or to get new laws on the books prohibiting this or that. The frenzied voices of our "culture wars" as everyone tries to out-shout and … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Summer Reading for Jr. Princesses

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've been noticing lately that "princess culture" has been getting a bad rap, and I'll admit it's mostly well-deserved. However, some of my favorite fictional heroines as a girl were, in fact, princesses—girls with sass, class, and some pretty hardcore fighting skills! So, just in case you know any little girls about to outgrow the two-dimensional characters fav … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: A Time for Justice

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.An open letter to Master Sgt. Greg Pendleton.Dear Sir,As a concerned American citizen, I am writing to you in regard to the rape scandal that has recently emerged on the Lackland Air Force Base and the comments that you made in response to the incident in question.You, Master Sgt., were quoted as saying the following: “A person sitting in that seat, they’re … [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...]


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