‘Who seeks kindness over control’

"Pink being a more decided and stronger color is more suitable for the boy; while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl." "Women are not suffering from any injustice which giving them the ballot would rectify." "Apparently, the futurists of the 1960s could imagine all sorts of gadgets, but not the fact that a female might have a job requiring a home office." "From empathy and sexuality to science inclination and extroversion, statistical analysis of 122 … [Read more...]

The problem with evangelical sexual ethics is that we haven’t got any

Do we need a "new" Christian sexual ethic? Well, yes. But not because the old one needs replacing. We need a new Christian sexual ethic because we haven't got an old one to replace. That's not true for many Christians, but if "we" above is to refer to white evangelicals here in the U.S., then we desperately do need a new Christian sexual ethic because that we ain't got one now. What we white American evangelicals have, instead, is a blanket prohibition -- a bold line between two binary … [Read more...]

Why ‘pro-life’ Christians should support Title IX


Becka Wall of the National Women's Law Center offers a look at Title IX -- the law best known for expanding opportunities for women and girls in athletics. But as Wall says: "What many people don’t know is that the benefits and protections of Title IX aren’t limited to athletics." Wall lists four less-known ways that Title IX benefits women and girls, including that it also requires equal opportunities for girls and women in career and technical education programs, it offers legal … [Read more...]

The revolution will be blogged: Evangelical women challenging purity culture


I don't have any special insight or commentary to add to the posts listed below, other than to say Amen. Here I just want to catalog, to highlight, to bear witness, and to amplify what these women are saying. It's important. It's important due both to what is being said and to who is saying it. This conversation is gaining momentum and I want to see it continue and spread. • Elizabeth Esther: I Kissed My Humanity Goodbye: how the evangelical purity culture dehumanizes women • … [Read more...]

John Piper’s influence is, he says, ‘irrespective of competency’

John Piper shall, henceforth, be referred to as John "Irrespective of Competency" Piper. Piper despises competency, dismissing it as folly: Suppose, I said, a couple of you students, Jason and Sarah, were walking to McDonald’s after dark. And suppose a man with a knife jumped out of the bushes and threatened you. And suppose Jason knows that Sarah has a black belt in karate and could probably disarm the assailant better than he could. Should he step back and tell her to do it? No. He … [Read more...]

A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at [Church] Conferences

At the Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen offers "A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at Tech Conferences." Rosen writes: Dear Men, Have you noticed that a lot of the time it just seems like, gosh, there are a lot of dudes speaking at this conference? Perhaps you've been on a panel and you've looked around and seen man after man after man. Maybe you've thought, it's too bad the organizers didn't think to balance this out a bit more and ask some women to speak too. I love that this … [Read more...]

Trust, control, permission, consent

I've passed her on the stairs many times, but never knew her history until I read this post.

"Civility is a great friend of the status quo." "As a thought exercise, how many predators would have to be on the team before you'd no longer feel like cheering?" "please, let's stop saying 'we let women lead' and 'i just feel like one of the guys' and start living out a new story, together." "It's a 'nice' form of dehumanization, but it's still dehumanization nonetheless." "Who owns and control's one's body, especially when it comes to women: is it the individual herself or the … [Read more...]

‘We’re here to stay. We’re here to stay. We’re here to stay’


"It’s offensive to me as a Christian, as a woman, and as someone with a brain." "Years of irrefutable scientific evidence go down the drain, when we right-wing Catholics (or evangelicals, like the ones running Hobby Lobby and Mardel) need to prove that women are primarily baby machines." "Father Piero Corsi of Liguria said in a Christmas bulletin that the rise in domestic violence in Italy was caused by women serving cold food, not looking after their children, not cleaning their … [Read more...]