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Preacher's Daughter: Women in Country and the Construction of Femininity

There’s a script for women in commercial country music that doesn’t necessarily coincide with more mainstream stereotypes and assumptions about women. If you’ve ever heard Carrie Underwood’s ubiquitous 2007 single, “... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: American Civil Religion and Masculinity in Country Music

Toby Keith is back with a brand new ode to God and country called “Made in America” (lyrics): Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Willow, Xander, and the Prayer of St. Francis

Season six is my favorite season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I like the dark themes, and I like seeing Willow grow up and mature as a result of her grief. (I also like the musical episode.) Recently, I was talking over Buffy when my friend, Bitch contributor... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Homage or Cultural Appropriation?

Don’t Explain, a collaborative effort between blues revivalists Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, hit stores yesterday. It features a range of... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Gillian Welch's "Dark Turn of Mind"

Americana artist Gillian Welch has always included southern Christian imagery in her work. Though not native to the South, her music is at its most comfortable when it explores the tragedy and violence of working-class survival in the region. Welch and partner David Rawlings write and record sparse... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Q&A with Lesbian Christian Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Knapp

In May, Religion Dispatches published my first interview with former... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Mourning and Spirituality in Steve Reich's Response to 9/11

Responses to September 11 have been fraught from the start. As I thought through the problem of grief over the weekend, I was gratified that... Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Leftovers

What if the Rapture happened, but it wasn’t like anyone had expected? In fact, what if “Rapture” might... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Class Consciousness in Mavis Staples' "You Are not Alone"

Mavis Staples—gospel singer, soul artist and Civil Rights activist—is nothing short of a living legend. She started singing gospel with her family in the 1950s and had a successful Stax career as front woman for the Staple Singers. Though the family specialized in gospel, Staples’ raw vocals and... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: St. Vincent's "Cruel" Take on Labor

Over the weekend, St. Vincent’s upcoming album, Strange Mercy, started streaming on NPR. The woman behind the band,... 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 »