Feminine Appeal: You Don’t Have to Be a Sexy Crayon for Halloween

I am not sure that these outfits are particularly practical for going door to door asking for candy.

Join Faith Newport and Erin Straza each week for Feminine Appeal, an e-discussion bringing a female perspective to the latest in cultural happenings and hubbub.Erin: There are many things in this world that rile me, but one in particular is making me crazy right now: the raunchy Halloween costumes for women. What's the deal with that?Faith: I know, right? The most annoying thing for me might be the prices -- they really expect us to pay $50 for two feet of chintzy fabric? Wait, … [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: 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...]

Reading Through "Half the Church," Part 2: Image Bearing Basics

Welcome to the second installment of my review covering Carolyn Custis James’s Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women. In this four-part review, I’m tackling a few of the main themes and threads of this book. Obviously, four posts will not cover every aspect of a 200-page work. My hope is that you will want to dig into this thought-provoking book on your own.In Part 1 of this series, I highlighted the concern James raises that the gospel of the West has been run through a gr … [Read more...]


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