Posts tagged "religion"

Girl Talk: I Was Terrified Of Sex

Me: I’m sorry! It’s just not going in! Him: Don’t worry – we can always try later... Me: I’m really sorry! I’m just so scared! (Sobbing. Tearful search for bra.) What if this never works? That was me and my now-fiancé during one of many abortive attempts to have sex for the first time. For…

By: Kelly Kanayama / April 8, 2013

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn't align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org] Five ways to make the "Lean In" movement more inclusive of low-income women. [xoJane] Mississippi's governor nominated…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013

Kanye West’s Most Controversial Lyrics On Religion

With songs like “Sweet Baby Jesus,” “New God Flow” and “Jesus Walks,” Kanye West has never been scared to talk about God and make religious references in his music. Most recently, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper made headlines for reportedly considering I Am God as the title for his new album. Although this rumor turned out to be…

By: Hello Beautiful / March 28, 2013

Pray Tell: “Spring Breakers” And The Faith of Faith

Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers about the movie "Spring Breakers."  When I heard that Selena Gomez had been cast in a Harmony Korine movie, my brain kind of exploded. Korine is known for his dark, sexualized films (like "Kids," which made Chloe Sevigny a star), while Gomez is a Disneyfied, baby-faced princess who until…

By: Lilit Marcus / March 26, 2013

Pray Tell: On Jerusalem’s Feminist Activists, Women Of The Wall

If you go to to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, you might see men singing loudly and dancing in circles. What you might not notice right away are the women, who are quietly murmuring and praying. The men’s side looks way more fun – plenty of my male friends have stories about…

By: Lilit Marcus / March 14, 2013

The New Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Francis I) Is Anti-Gay

Today, cardinals named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archibishop of Buenos Aires,  the newest Pope. Pope Francis I, as he will be called, is the first-ever Latin American Pope. I am dismayed to read that Bergoglio has said marriage equality is "a machination of the Father of Lies" (that would be Satan) that seeks to "confuse…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 13, 2013

Sarah Palin Is Writing Christmas Book Called “A Happy Holiday IS A Merry Christmas”

Sarah Palin has somehow  gotten another book deal, this time pandering to the tiny amount of people who do not understand that one of America's founding principles is freedom of religion. A Happy Holiday IS A Merry Christmas, which is out this November, will be a defense of "our faith" and rant about the "politically correct…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 13, 2013

Pray Tell: On Joan Rivers And That One Time I Laughed At A Holocaust Joke

Call me a humorless feminist, but I’ve always thought certain subjects were beyond the realm of comedy: Helen Keller, rape, the Holocaust. But then last week I caught a clip of Joan Rivers’ E! show "Fashion Police." While critiquing a photo of Heidi Klum wearing this dress, Rivers quipped, "The last time a German looked…

By: Lilit Marcus / March 7, 2013

Eye Roll: Parents Sue Over Yoga In Public Schools Because It “Promotes Eastern Religions”

Sometimes I do not have anything deeper to say other than "Shut up." And those are my choice words for the California parents who are suing their children's school district over yoga classes being taught in a class.  That's not very Zen, is it? …

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2013

Accused Rapist Meets Women On Christian Dating Site

Look, I'm not the world's most observant Christian. But even I attended enough Sunday school to know that God would totally have said "Thou shalt not rape" had there been room on those tablets for an 11th commandment. Which is why I feel confident saying that Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, California, who…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2013

Sarah Silverman’s Rad Sister Rabbi Susan Silverman Detained For Jewish Feminist Activism

We knew we loved Sarah Silverman — but it turns out her sister Susan Silverman is kinda rad, too. Silverman's sister and niece were detained at the Western Wall, a holy site in Jerusalem where only men are allowed to pray [Update: Commenters have clarified men and women are segregated at the Wall and the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2013

Beliefnet Wouldn’t Allow Blogger To Use The Word “Feminist” On Her Blog, Anywhere

With no apparent sense of irony at all, the faith site Beliefnet allegedly hired a guest blogger who writes about feminist issues ... and then told her she couldn't use the word "feminist" anywhere in any of her blog posts. Why? Because "feminist" is such an offputting word.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2013

Pray Tell: Jenna Miscavige Hill And Megan Phelps-Roper Escape Scientology And the Westboro Baptist Church

This week, two women who escaped from extreme religious sects told their stories. One escaped from Scientology, the other from the Westboro Baptist Church. Although a small number of people grow up inside groups like these in America, it's as important as it is startling to hear from these women and hear how, even i…

By: Lilit Marcus / February 7, 2013

Does World Hijab Day Lead To Greater Understanding Of Muslim Women?

Friday, February 1 wasn't just two days before the Super Bowl — it was also World Hijab Day, when non-Muslim women and Muslim women who don't ordinarily cover themselves are encouraged to wear a head-covering hijab veil. With slogans like "Before you judge, cover up ... for a day" and "better awareness, greater understanding, peaceful…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 4, 2013

Obama Changes Health Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control For Religious Employers

The Obama administration released new details this morning about which religious employers will be exempt from covering the cost of birth control under health care reform — which the Associated Press describes as a "broader opt-out." The Health and Human Services Department announced this morning that businesses which object must "self-certify that they are non-profit…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2013

Pray Tell: What Women Should Know About Scientology

These days, Scientology is everywhere – three books are out this month alone, including Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear, which has been featured everywhere from CNN to the New York Times Book Review. Yesterday, several ex-members filed a lawsuit against the Church, saying that Scientology kept asking them for more and more money…

By: Lilit Marcus / January 25, 2013

Pray Tell: Megan Fox Considers the Possibility That Celebrity Culture Is the Antichrist

Megan Fox covers this month’s issue of Esquire, and she’d like you to know that she's actually been religious this entire time. “I've read the Book of Revelation a million times,” she told interviewer Stephen Marche. “It does not make sense, obviously. It needs to be decoded. What is the dragon? What is the prostitute? What

By: Lilit Marcus / January 16, 2013

Priest Says Women Encourage Domestic Violence For Not Cooking And Cleaning Well Enough

A priest in a northern village in Italy posted some helpful tips for ladies on how to avoid getting beaten by their husbands. "Healthy self-criticism" is necessary for women to make sure there's nothing they could be doing differently to stop getting beat, such as cooking more dinners, doing the laundry, and dressing more modestly.

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Pray Tell: Why I Write About Religion

Telling people that you write about religion for a living always raises a couple of eyebrows. In the past, I’ve covered everything from fashion to pop culture, but no one ever questioned why someone might be interested in lipstick or TV. However, religion is one of those things that can scare people just by being…

By: Lilit Marcus / December 20, 2012

Ireland To Clarify Abortion Law Following Death Of Woman Who Was Refused Medical Care

Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland's University Hospital Galway in October after she was repeatedly denied medical care while suffering a miscarriage. Halappanavar, an Indian who lived and worked in Ireland with her husband, began miscarrying around October 24, 17 weeks into her her pregnancy. Her cervix had dilated, she was leaking amniotic fluid, and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2012
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