religion

Popaganda Episode: Magic

We explore the current popularity of modern witchcraft and talk with real-life witches about how their self-made spirituality informs their identity. The resident witch columnist at Autostraddle, Mey Rude, gives us a rundown of her favorite witches in films (hint: one of them is... Read more »

As GOP Candidates Wave Christian Credentials, Bernie Sanders Doesn't Play Up His Judaism

We're supposed to have freedom of religion—but you wouldn't know that looking at the GOP candidates.  Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Cults

We're exploring the gender dynamics of real-life American cults and the representation of cults in pop culture, from Mad Max to Prophet's Prey. On this show, we talk with author Peggy Riley about the history of cults in America, hear the voices of... Read more »

Beyond the Headscarf: Let's Discuss Social Justice Issues Muslim Women Actually Care About

We're worried about discrimination, hate crimes, and racism.  Read more »

Meet the Feminist "Godless Congregation" Challenging Atheism's Bro-Culture

A Carl Sagan quote featured by Harvard's Humanist Hub, a feminist-minded secular community center.  Across the United States, the number of people who don’t consider themselves religious is rapidly rising—... Read more »

"Amira & Sam" is a Rom-Com That Deals With Immigration, Identity, and Love

Early in the new romantic comedy Amira & Sam, we are introduced to Amira, a Muslim Iraqi immigrant, as she tries to sell pirated DVDs on a corner in New York City. Read more »

"American Sniper" is Leading to an Uptick in Violent Anti-Muslim Threats

American Sniper is a massive commercial and critical success.  Read more »

Anti-Muslim Bus Ads in San Francisco Get an Update With Ms. Marvel

With her Ms. Marvel super powers, teenager Kamala Khan usually fights drug kingpins and supernatural villains. This week, her image is being used to combat Islamaphobia.  Read more »

Real-Life Nuns Are No Joke

Nuns are often portrayed as either evil or a joke—or in the case of this Nunzilla toy, both. Photo by Choking Sun.  Nuns get a bad rap. Until this year, my understanding of what nuns are like didn’... Read more »

The Vampire Vigilante

It’s clear that the first Iranian romantic-new-wave-vampire-pulp-spaghetti-western ultimately resists categorization. Read more »

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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 »

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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