Tony Jones’ curious call for schism

I've used this older cartoon because of all my gender cartoons this one is by far the most popular with over 300,000 notes on Tumblr alone. You can buy a print of it HERE.I found Tony Jones' post It's Time For a Schism Regarding Women in the Church a fascinating read. I'm sure you will too if you haven't read it already. Jones is obviously passionate about the issue of women's equality. He has certainly written enough about it in the past. I read Jones because as one of the key progressive … [Read more...]

how to shape the dreams of our girls

Most people aren't even aware that they are limiting the dreams of girls. Most aren't conscious of the fact that they are shaping the dreams of their daughters and female students into a sexist ideal or a misogynist fantasy. Not only do men do this, but women too. This can be corrected.I was raised in a sexist culture. I need constant instruction to overcome my innate assumptions that are drilled into me by our misogynist society. I'm glad to be married to a strong woman. I'm glad to have a … [Read more...]

the christian necessity for men to lead women

I came across this post, "What Kind of Guy Culture Tells Us To Be and Why Ryan Gosling Isn't That Great". He suggests that we are receiving our role-models on how to be a man from the Hangover movies (too fun-loving), from the hit song "Blurred Lines" (too sexually confident), and from Ryan Gosling's character in "The Notebook" (too passionate).Personally, if my daughter met a guy like Noah in The Notebook who loved her passionately and stayed with her to the end of her days, I'd be … [Read more...]

misogyny, sticky notes and bonfires

I can't believe all the sexist, misogynist stuff flying around the internet by the flockful pooping all over everything. It's rampant! Like one of my recent twitter updates: "Stupidity's not increasing, but the publication of it is." Sexism and misogyny have been around a long time. It's just that now more people get to proclaim it. Freedom of speech, even if it is hate speech.It's uglier when wrapped in religious garb. It's also more powerful because it says it's not misogyny but biblical … [Read more...]

emotionally invested preconceived stereotype of women

When I saw this video of Fox News' Megyn Kelly taking on two men in a heated argument about stereotyping women, it only confirmed to me that beneath all the layers of reasoning there resides a deep-seated, gut-level emotional conviction that women must fulfill their stereotypical roles.Some┬ápromote education as the answer. But it is obvious to me that it takes more than education. It takes humility and a willingness to change.How one gets to a place of being willing to humble oneself, … [Read more...]

at least he’s not a racist

Yes, the title recalls Tony Jones' post, "I'm Tired of Being Called a Racist". I think this post brought something to light that needed to be. We are being called on our blindspots. That's a good thing.Just because you're hot in one area doesn't mean you're not cold in another.I'm entangled in systemic racism and so, almost without being able to help it, I am involved in racism. That I must humbly admit. Read this excellent analysis by Brittany Lewis of Kanye West's new album "New … [Read more...]

who Jesus wants to lead the church

Jesus didn't say this but by the way the church behaves you'd think he did.Actually, what inspired this cartoon is a BBC article I read this morning titled Cleveland abductions: Do white victims get more attention?. The writer, Tara McKelvey, claims that nearly half of those abducted in the USA are not white, but the news coverage certainly does not reflect it. She quotes McIlwain, a researcher, who says: "Our national ideal of who is vulnerable - and who holds victim status - are those who … [Read more...]

a boy and a girl play doctor

We live in a stereotypical world. Stereotypes abound. Like labels, they make life easier because it is predictable and understood. Stereotypes lessen mystery.If women would just be the stereotypical woman and men the stereotypical man then wouldn't life just be easier?Our societies and cultures impute upon women an ideal of what they should be. Add upon that most religions that impute upon women not only the cultural ideal of what they should be, but also impute upon women theological … [Read more...]