Daughter of the Patriarchy Series: Safe Now

This is an installment of the Daughter of the Patriarchy series that I have been slowly putting together over the past couple of years. Read the rest of it on No Longer Quivering. A month after my acceptance, I was moving onto campus for my first autumn semester at Rowling College.* Most of my community [Read More...]

“Is Liking Modest Girls Sexist?”

Apparently, one of the google searches that led to my blog recently asked this question: is liking modest girls sexist No, it isn’t. It’s only sexist if you think every girl should dress in a manner that you (and/or your interpretation of God) find pleasing. If you’re just into loose clothing with long hemlines, more [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Romantic Relationships, Q. 2

This is an installment of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project. You can read the full list of questions here and the posting plan here. The first six participants whose stories I’ll be posting are Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. Romantic Relationships 2. Did your beliefs about sexuality change after marriage or beginning a relationship? If [Read More...]

Sexuality Project: Peer Group, Q. 4

This is an installment of the Religious Fundamentalism and Sexuality Project. You can read the full list of questions here and the posting plan here. The first six participants whose stories I’ll be posting are Melissa and Haley, Lina and V, Latebloomer and Katy-Anne. Peer Group 4. Did you experience peer pressure regarding sexuality and/or purity? How did you respond [Read More...]

The Duggar Family Doesn’t Go to the Beach, and Why That’s Bad for Their Kids

This just in from the Department of Unintended Irony: Michelle Duggar makes a public statement about modesty, just to be sure you know how modest they are – too modest for the beach – in case you were straining your neck looking for their modest stairstep children in the crowd while you immodestly sunned your heathen [Read More...]

Modesty Cartoons by Rune

Rune at Feminist Mormon Housewives just posted two amazing comics illustrating some problems with the modesty doctrine. Here’s one: Want to see the other? Check it out here, and keep an eye out for more work by Rune!: Allow Me to Illustrate: #1 & #2 Double Modesty Feature  [Read more...]

The Friendly Atheist: This is Not How You Teach Modesty

The Friendly Atheist has a great new post addressing the teaching of modesty in Beit Yaakov, an Orthodox Jewish school in Lakewood, New York. It illustrates perfectly the disjuncture between the modesty doctrine (fear and shame-based covering of the female body) and the more expansive virtue called modesty, which is basically synonymous with humility. A concerned parent shared a [Read More...]

Modesty, Body Policing and Empowerment: The Hijab (Part Two)

Note: This is my second post in response to Nadiya Takolia’s article in the Guardian. Read the first one here. Today I want to discuss two problems with Takolia’s narrative about the hijab as a feminist, empowering device. The first has already been pointed out, but I want to reiterate it because it’s important: Takolia [Read More...]

Modesty, Body Policing, and Empowerment: The Hijab (Part One)

The Guardian recently published an article by Nadiya Takolia titled “The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women.” It’s far from the first of its kind; indeed, the Muslim feminist blogosphere is really sick of talking about whether or not the hijab is inherently oppressive. Yessenia at Queereka has already articulated many of the [Read More...]

Azizatu Nafsiha: Coming Into My Own

Saliha at Azizatu Nafsiha has begun to write a beautiful, thoughtful series about wrestling with faith and gender expectations as an African American Shi’a Muslim woman. It’s called “Coming Into My Own,” a theme to which most of my readers will relate. Her writing is lucid, elegant and transparent in its depth. I highly recommend following this [Read More...]


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