Christianity Today: Woman Bloggers Represent Crisis of Authority

A recent Christianity Today article by Tish Harrison Warren caught my eye. Warren is an ordained minister in the Anglican tradition, and a woman. Christianity Today is more open on female ordination than many other evangelical publications, but Warren's article points to some major blindspots nonetheless. Warren, you see, is concerned about woman bloggers who operate outside of church authority and yet write about their spiritual journeys publicly for all to see. This is---apparently---a … [Read more...]


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Wives and Daughters: On Ivanka Trump

As quoted in a recent news article, Ivanka Trump said this of her father: “He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” Trump said. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”There was, she stressed, “no difference between me and my brothers. And I think as a business leader you saw that, and as a president you will absolutely see that.” But in 1994 Donald Trump said this of his divorce from Ivanka's mother, Iva … [Read more...]


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The Weird, Weird Role of Women in Evangelicalism

Blogger and Messiah professor John Fea recently posted this image collected by Adina Johnson, a Baylor University student working on her Ph.D. in American history:The image depicts an article from the Moody Monthly published in 1954, titled "Meet Ruth Graham." However, the image accompanying the article depicts not Ruth Graham but her husband, Billy Graham. Fea titled his post on the image “This Embodies Everything Weird About The Role of Women in Evangelicalism"; Johnson posted the image … [Read more...]


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Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or

This image was recently posted on a Neil DeGrasse Tyson fan Facebook page. It shows a little girl wearing dark sunglasses and an adorable "I'm on it" expression, pointing to her shirt, which sports pictures of planets and the words "Forget Princess I Want to be an Astrophysicist" emblazoned across the top.I assisted a first grader while volunteering at a book sale at my daughter's school a few days ago; she wanted a language book with pictures and French words like her friend had found, … [Read more...]


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Who Wants the Pink Cloth?

Like many of those who sew, I have a box full of cloth that leftover from previous projects. I recently went through this cloth, picking up each piece and brainstorming what I could make from it. I ended up with a stack of cloth remnants that were big enough to be made into pajamas. I called the children and began going through the stack, asking which one of them wanted which color."Okay, who wants the pajamas made with the pink cloth?" I asked finally.Both children answered at on … [Read more...]


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Gender, Gender, Everywhere

I was recently at an appointment in a medical office with my preschool son, Bobby. As he is sometimes want to do, Bobby was wearing a dress. The dress was flowered, with a wide skirt that swirls out when he twirls. He usually wears pants or shorts, but he loves dress-up and has a small collection of dresses of his own, and I figure, if girls can wear pants as well as skirts, why shouldn't boys be allowed to wear skirts if they so desire? It wasn't his appointment and we hadn't been there before, … [Read more...]


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“Do I look like a boy, or a girl?”

My daughter Sally recently put on a new outfit and turned to me with a question."Do I look like a boy, or a girl?" she asked."You look like Sally," I told her.This exchange was brought to mind when reading Jessica Winters' Slate article, "Are You a Boy or a Girl?" In the article, Winters speaks of people's frustration when they can't immediately identify the gender of her eighteen-month-old daughter.Like a lot of 18-month-olds, my daughter is epicene; even if she’s out on the to … [Read more...]


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