If this is Sisterhood, Include Me Out!

I've confessed more than once that, while working with stockbrokers, I got into a bad habit of cussing; I believe I've referred to it as having slipped into "the sailor's tongue." I still indulge it -- infrequently, but too often.Yesterday we were treated to headlines about a particularly foul-mouthed tirade indulged in by a woman named Barbara Morgan, who is apparently Anthony Weiner's spokesperson.The Weiner story is for other blogs -- I'm not interested it -- but someone sent me … [Read more...]

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Men on Strike: Fathers, Family, Frank Talk and First Things

Two weeks ago at First Things, I wondered what it would be like if Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) had her way and women ruled the world.This week I'm continuing on the theme of men and women and families and faith:Family illiteracy, [author Mary Eberstadt] says, “breeds religious illiteracy.”In turn, increasing our scriptural literacy is one way for Christian communities to help their members understand and form families. Eberstadt’s book...has, in tandem with Helen Smith’s Men on Strike, … [Read more...]

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“The Whole World in Her Hands”: A Gyno-Maniacal War on Men? – UPDATED

My First Things column this week draws on the coarse and destructive hook-up culture that has been not only embraced by women but is in some ways being driven by them:Writing for The Atlantic in September of 2012, Hanna Rosin argued that the “hookup culture” so prevalent on college campuses and in the lives of young adults is “an engine of female progress—one being harnessed and driven by women themselves.” She wrote:To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the ex … [Read more...]

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“You can have an education, I guess, but not one as good as mine…”

Here is Yale alum Leah Libresco responding with vigor to Keli Goff's recent article entitled "Female Ivy League graduates have a duty to stay in the workforce":Goff assumes that women who leave the workforce will cease to use the education that they paid for, but there’s nowhere you can go that learning about beauty and citizenship and character and tradition aren’t relevant. The liberal arts are supposed to have taken up philosophy’s mantle as preparation for death — the study of how we s … [Read more...]

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A Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious Theology of Womanhood

"Each woman's life, well lived, might be the best gospel anyone will ever read. But before the doing, before the carrying out of the mission, there is the being. The personhood of each woman, without her ever saying a word or doing a thing, is a sign of life.Womanhood. Life.Those terms are inseparable" -- Pat GohnOutside of my husband and sons and my heroic and saintly in-laws -- and my dear Benedict, who still astounds me -- I haven't got too many heroes in my life, but Pat … [Read more...]

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Give Obama a Break on Hiring Women!

So, here is the NY Times raising a confused eyebrow at the dearth of female hires in the Obama White House:...Mr. Obama’s recent nominations raised concern that women were being underrepresented at the highest level of government and would be passed over for top positions. [...] “It’s not so much about checking a box, like on a census form,” said Tracy Sefl, a Democratic political consultant in Washington. “It’s about the qualitative properties that the candidate takes to the position. In th … [Read more...]

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Les Mis: Just Men, Minimized Women and Immodesty?

Two very different women, coming from very different perspectives, are unhappy with Les Miserable. Their unhappiness reminds us that though we polish and burnish our preferred lenses, we obscure our own capacity to see.Feminist author Stacy Wolf takes to the pages of the WaPo to report that as a feminist, all she could see was the bad men and victim women who populate her daily thoughts; width and breadth are just words:. . .in “Les Miz,” female characters are there only for the men to sa … [Read more...]

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Does Church Suppress God’s Will? That’s Wicked, Right?

Like Mark Shea, I too thought the National Catholic Reporter had endorsed female ordination years ago. I actually had no intention of writing about it for my First Things column, today.Yet somehow -- and though I had intended to write more about Calah Alexander and the idea of a Ministry of Succor to young mothers, I ended up at female ordination, asking a few questions about NCR's stand:The overbearing men of Rome, most particularly Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, are depicted as … [Read more...]

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Tales of Women, Sex and Salvation

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.comTwo Patheos bloggers are talking seriously about women and sex today, both from very different perspectives, both worth reading.At Rebecca Hamilton's blog Public Catholic, she has turned her space over to a guest blogger willing to share a harrowing story of the realities of human trafficking:I moved to New Orleans in 1980 and lived there for several years. I managed a restaurant and hotel on the outskirts of the French Quarter, and continued the … [Read more...]

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So, women have finally succeeded in becoming all they hate?

In the post below, one of the links embedded with in the text takes you to a piece by Leah Libresco, wherein she lets loose a bluebird's yawp about Hanna Rosin's celebration of the hook-up culture as "an engine of female progress".[writes Rosin:] Single young women in their sexual prime—that is, their 20s and early 30s, the same age as the women at the business-­school party—are for the first time in history more success­ful, on average, than the single young men around them. They are more li … [Read more...]

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