religion

My Christian College "Professor of the Year" Just Compared Being Queer to Being Racist

  Being queer at a private Christian school, I thought I’d heard homosexuality compared to just about everything. But I was caught off guard by the recent remarks of Dr. Erik Thoennes, a professor at my alma mater, Southern California’s Biola University. At a panel discussion... Read more »

Can Atheists and Religious Folks Fight Inequality as Allies?

How does a queer atheist go from kicking in church signs to working side by side with Christians, Muslims, and other religious people? Ask Chris Stedman, a humanist chaplain at Harvard and interfaith activist known for calling out ... Read more »

An Ode to Enlightened: The Best Show You Aren’t Watching

This Sunday is the season finale of HBO show Enlightened, starring Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe, a woman who has a nervous breakdown after her self-destructive tendencies cause her life to implode.... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: We're Moving In Together But Our Parents Think We're Virgins

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don’t... Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

TGI Tuesday! Here’s our list of news links for today. Roxane Gay reviews Identity Thief: “McCarthy’s character, Diana, is increasingly... Read more »

Life on Mars (Hill): In the nation’s fastest-growing megachurch, faith and feminism don’t mix.

When Jess came to the University of Washington as a freshman, she was a feminist economics major whose postcollege goal was to land a position at an organization dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Now in her early 20s and just a few years out of college, she is married, looking forward to a life... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: A Goodbye and a Word About "the Shadow Between"

Well, we have reached the end of this series. This has been such a rich topic for me that, of course, there are many things I’d hoped to cover but didn’t. For this last post, I thought I’d briefly discuss a woman whose music about the loss—or absence—of god has resonated with me... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Jenny Lewis on the Absence of God

I have never understood why reporters so rarely ask Jenny Lewis about the rich religious critique that has pervaded her work since the earlier days of Rilo Kiley. There is just so much there. I think I will scream if I hear another reporter ask her what it’s like to look hot in indie music,... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Sexual Violence and Discourses of "Purity"

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the silliness of “True Love Waits”-style campaigns, but it never really occurred to me to think about how a child who has been raped might experience these shaming “abstinence-only” discourses. That is to say, this would be particularly cruel, painful, and... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: What Evangelical Christians Mean When They Say...

Last week, a friend sent me a link to the blog... 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 »