Women, Stop Submitting to Men (Russell Moore)
Too often in our culture, women and girls are pressured to submit to men, as a category. This is the reason so many women, even feminist women, are consumed with what men, in general, think of them. This is the reason a woman’s value in our society, too often, is defined in terms of sexual attractiveness and availability. Is it any wonder that so many of our girls and women are destroyed by a predatory patriarchy that demeans the dignity and glory of what it means to be a woman?Women, the Church's Most Wasted Resource (RELEVANT)
Evangelicals are passionate about personal sin—swearing, adultery, gossip, drunkenness, lust, anger and so on. They have significantly less interest in systemic sin—racism, greed, selfishness and repression of women. This low view of systemic sin, this privileged paradigm of power, makes it easy to ignore the way women are treated in Church.Sex, Lies, and Media: New Wave of Activists Challenge Notions of Beauty (CNN)
The short-term goal is to create media literacy so that even if ideals of beauty don't change, we change how we react to them. The bigger goal is policy reform on several fronts, from stricter regulation of images proliferating mainstream media to labor policies that allow mothers or fathers to stay in the workforce and care for their families at the same time.10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts (Huffington Post)
This is about sex and property, not life and morality. Sex because when women have sex and want to control their reproduction that threatens powerful social structures that rely on patriarchal access to and control over women as reproductive engines. Which brings us to property: control of reproduction was vital when the agricultural revolution took place and we, as a species, stopped meandering around plains in search of food. Reproduction and control of it ensured that a man could possess and consolidate wealth-building and food-producing land and then make sure it wasn't disaggregated by passing it on to one son he knew was his -- largely by claiming a woman and her gestation capability as property, too.Scattered Thoughts on My Life in the Christian “Industry” (Rachel Held Evans)
But I soon forget the conversation because I’m too busy arguing with my publisher. They won’t let me use the word “vagina” in my book because we have to sell it to Christian bookstores, which apparently have a thing against vaginas...I tell everyone that I’m going to fight it out of principle, but I cave within a few days because I want Christian bookstores to carry the sanitized version of my book because I want to make a lot of money, because we’ve needed a new roof on our house for four years now, and because I really want a Mac so I can fit in at the mega-churches.IndoctriNation Trailer from IndoctriNation on Vimeo.
IndoctriNation explores the origins and social impact of America’s public school system and has sparked debate among Christians and atheists over the roles of faith, and government in education. ”People are starting to wake up to the damaging effects of a government-controlled education monopoly,” says IndoctriNation co-director, Colin Gunn. He continues, “We now are facing all these problems in America — high taxation, welfare dependency, government debt — and as Christians and conservatives we have to see we can’t solve those problems until we solve the public schooling problem.”Modesty Codes in Pentecostalism and Mormonism (Amanda Pumphrey at Feminism and Religion)
Women are expected to appear as desexualized, pure beings in order to embody this perception of what the ideal woman is: a godly mother. In my opinion, these types of chastity and modesty codes are directed towards women as a means of patriarchal control over women’s bodies and sexuality. These types of teachings reinforce gender roles, patriarchal dominance over women, and in turn, create a negative view of women’s bodies and sexuality.