March 19, 2012 “In Speaking Truth to Power, Anita Hill highlighted the particular hurdles Black rape survivors face in U.S. criminal justice system. Together, Anita Hill and Bernadette Brooten seek to enhance public discussion of this problem in order to promote both social and legal change. The conference will draw upon theater, religion, law, history, and public policy to help participants become agents for change.”
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In my intimate circles, Oscar Sunday is a holy day of obligation. And, as with most holidays, the longer I keep it, the more ambivalently I feel about it. There are a host of issues around these films and the industry that generates them, not the least being the way Hollywood reflects and, worse, constructs […]
“Exigimos a todos los hombres del mondo que nos respeten porque un México sin mujeres no sería México, y un mundo sin mujeres tampoco seria mundo… Nuestra lucha no es sólo para nosotras las mujeres indígenas, sino para todos los pueblos indígenas y no indígenas”.
-Everilda, mujer zapatista
In poems that roam from the intimacy of prayer to the art of brewing tea, from bamboo-related famine to quasars, the globe’s minor seas, and the nuptial flight of ants, Phyla of Joy reaches toward ecstasy.
“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. Of course, the story is more complicated with birth rates ranging widely by […]
Feminist studies in religion are a hot commodity in the current political turmoil. So-called women’s issues are front and center in the debates. The long settled question of contraception has been snatched from mothballs for conservatives’ purposes. But there is such a dearth of feminist religious voices, so little room in masculinist journalist and clerical […]
In the initial wake of coverage related to the healthcare mandate to cover contraception, media outlets concentrated on “religious communities” opposition to the requirement. From a theological and doctrinal perspective, the only major Christian denomination to oppose use of contraception is the Roman Catholic Church. Other conservative religious leaders chimed in to support what they […]
Making new year’s resolutions and writing them down in my diary was one of the joys I cherished while growing up. I stopped making new year’s resolutions after going through two major surgeries (open heart and brain) in my late twenties because it seemed pointless to make yearly resolutions in the face of what I […]
What does it mean to be a feminist parent? In a JFSR roundtable last fall, a group of feminist scholars in religion addressed this question from a range of perspectives. The complexity of raising a son as a feminist parent was made evident in essays by Judith Plaskow, Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Fawzia Ahmad, Kate Ott, […]
I have long agonized over how to live out my feminist values with respect to my vocation. Imagine those cartoons with the angel on shoulder and the devil on the other . . . the two arguing sides are not archetypal opposites in my story, though at times they feel that way. On one shoulder […]