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Posted by Nami Kim on Aug 4, 2012
The creationism versus evolution debate when discussed in an educational setting does not occur exclusively in the United States. On June 12, 2012, the science journal Nature reported the “successful” petition by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR) to remove references to evolution from high school textbooks in South Korea. More >
Posted by Stephanie May on Feb 20, 2012
"It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal." So begins a recent article in the New York Times. According to a new report, more than half of births to women under the age of 30 now occur outside of marriage. More >
Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Apr 11, 2014
I was in front of the Supreme Court on March 25, 2014, on a snowy spring morning when the justices heard oral arguments for the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case about the provision of birth control as part of health care. Maybe it was the miserable weather with wet snow flakes the size of silver dollars that made me wonder what we were doing in 2014 lining up on two sides of a one-dimensional issue. Democracy demands patience, but enough already when it comes to women’s bodies. More >
Posted by Susanne Scholz on Apr 6, 2014
I cannot get the story out of my head that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times, entitled “Covering Afghan Vote, Until Shot by an Ally,” which is making its way around the world.  Two Western women journalists were shot and one of them was killed while they sat in the back of a car as part of their journalistic efforts to cover Afghanistan’s presidential election on Friday, April 4, 201 More >
Posted by Emilie Townes on Mar 25, 2014
As a daughter of a molecular biologist who was also a faithful tither to her church, I grew up in a world that saw no clear separation between science and religion.  It was in the air I breathed and the way in which I learned to see the world. More >
Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Mar 18, 2014
Teachers need vivid imaginations to keep students interested and materials fresh. Kathryn D. Blanchard and Jane S. Webster demonstrate creative pedagogy and innovative scholarship with Lady Parts: Biblical Women and the Vagina Monologues (Eugene, OR: WIPF and STOCK, 2012). This is a unique project both in content and method. It is bound to generate others like it and, with luck, change lives. Various women from Hebrew and Christian scriptures are brought alive by 21st century scholars, students, and others. More >
Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Feb 20, 2014
One of the most pleasant aspects of feminist studies in religion is the willingness of many colleagues to help one another. Unlike some cutthroat fields, religion has tended (with notable and scandalous exceptions) to be a place that welcomes new scholars and nurtures budding activists. That was my experience as a student and young person, and it is something to which I am committed. Hence, my request that you, the reader, help provide guidance for future generations. More >
Posted by Kate Ott on Feb 14, 2014
Valentine ’s Day has been civilized and capitalized, hallmarked and disneyfied, all in an attempt to clean up love and signify sexuality into a compartmentalized relationship standard, tied nicely with an over romanticized bow. As a cradle Catholic, the veneration of saints has been part of my religious heritage. I still remember elementary school projects about our patron saints. So, every year when Valentine ’s Day rolls around, I find myself wanting to remind folks that this was once “St.” Valentine’s Day. Even though, the Roman Catholic Church does not consider St. More >
Posted by Susanne Scholz on Jan 27, 2014
I like the action-driven courage of the bare-breasted Femen women.  Their radical feminism reminds me of how many of us feminist academic types have retreated into the “do-able,” the “tenure-able,” “promotion-able,” and “adaptable” versions of gender practice in our work lives and lives overall.  The “lean-in” women who are trying very hard to make it in the business and corporate world face similar temptations of compromise and cooperation with the gendered structures of domination that, as we all know, go far beyond gender.  Yes, in manifold ways More >
Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Jan 21, 2014
Women writers face danger every time we put something in print. I have added “protection in print” to our to-do list of justice work. I suspect that this perceived but unspoken danger is what keeps many women from writing at all, what causes others to have writer’s block, and still more women to self-censor. These are not excuses but reality-based matters that women scholars and activists need to consider if we are to work effectively. These are bigger topics that I can handle in this blog, but I want to lay the foundation for discussing them. More >