Gendered Life in the U.S., Voices We Should Hear


One of the leads today described a 19-year-old Afghan woman being buried in ground to her neck and then being brutally stoned to death for suspected adultery. Rokhshana reportedly had been forced to marry against her will and had fled her village with another man. Nevertheless, it is still easy to dismiss this tragic tale as just another horror story about the treatment of women out there, over there, somewhere else, in places people can't seem to get their values or religion...right. … [Read more...]

Women Sticking Together


 When I first started studying women and the church, it became very clear that this is never a one way topic. It seems throughout history that every time women take two steps forward toward equality and fair treatment, they get pushed back at least one step, and sometimes if feels like two or three. As of the present, gender equality is not something that is achieved and then remains intact, but is something that we must continually work to keep at the front of our consciousness. While … [Read more...]

Calling God “She” — It’s Just Another Pronoun!

"She" - Digital Image by Marg Herder

Many people believe (even at a subconscious level) that to refer to God using female pronouns is just plain wrong, if not heresy.I am constantly amazed at the linguistic contortions people will go through to make the point that, while God is not male or female, we still must use male pronouns to refer to “Him.” Other writers assert that God is spirit, not gendered in any sense of the term, but they still use “He” and “His” exclusively throughout their argument.  (Google “Is God male?” to see … [Read more...]

Confession of Privilege from a White Feminist

Some of my reflections about feminism and privilege after being on the Doug Pagitt Radio show last week:Confessions of Privilege from a White Feminist by victoria on January 31, 2013There is not much that screams feminist as loudly as a hyphenated last name like mine. When identifying myself as a feminist, I often feel the same way I do when revealing I am a Christian. I want to make a few disclaimers that define my kind of feminism. What I think of as my kind of feminism … [Read more...]