religion

This Woman’s Work: FKA twigs’s “MAGDALENE” Dissects Female Martyrdom

FKA twigs not only treats her album’s namesake as a source of spiritual strength, but considers how often women are stripped of their agency and their voice—even when they’re the heroine of their own stories.

Raising Hell: Satanic Feminism’s Eternal Legacy

Activist groups such as W.I.T.C.H. and others show how satanism can be used as a powerful unifying force for political engagement. Read more »

Very Online: Instagram Has a Conversion Therapy Problem

With help from Instagram, they’re able to expand their reach to those vulnerable to their violent teachings. Read more »

Twist of Faith: Q&A With “God Land” Author Lyz Lenz

“Cultural Christianity’s power as moral currency is something society still uses to define who’s good and who’s bad. For women, for people of color especially, how you look, how you dress, how you act shapes how we interpret who’s in and who’s out.” Read more »

What 17th Century Witch Burnings Teach Us About Evangelical Extremism

The descendants of those brought up amid the height of the witch-burning craze who became among the first to colonize settlements like Salem, Massachusetts, continuing the misogynistic and prejudiced witch trials in the United States. Read more »

Swindling Faith: The Big Business of Prosperity Gospel

Prosperity gospel’s “believe it and receive it” message appeals to both the haves who want to increase their bounties and the have-nots who hope to transform their lives. Read more »

Here, Now, Everywhere: Deborah E. Lipstadt’s New Book Charts the Resurgence of Antisemitism

Lipstadt’s uncompromising perspective is guaranteed to leave readers uneasy, no matter where they lie on the political spectrum. Read more »

#ChurchToo: The Toxicity of Christian Complementarianism

The church’s views on sex entrench the power dynamics that contribute to the abuse of women (and the abuse of people of color and queer folks.) Read more »

I Kissed Consent Goodbye: Purity Culture and Sexual Violence on Evangelical Christian Campuses

Purity is tarnished by sexual contact, regardless of circumstances, and the only recourse is to pray for a “second virginity.” Read more »

Stuck in the Media Spotlight, LGBTQ Muslims Often Feel Exploited

Queer Muslims have the difficult job of figuring out how to advocate for themselves and their communities. Read more »

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The Unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys' Club

Women are God-fearing and don’t challenge institutions. Men, on the other hand, are skeptical and rational, and go out of their way to...

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »