Posts tagged "religion"

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the best way…

By: Lilit Marcus / August 8, 2012

Pervy Pastor Photographed Himself With A Teen Girl, Had Sex With Her

What would Jesus do? Not photograph himself making out with a teenage girl almost 40 years younger than him, that’s for sure.

Megachurch pastor Jack Schaap from First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, took cell phone photos of himself making out with a 17-year-old girl who is a member of his congregation. Last…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Hotel Replaces Bedside Bibles With “50 Shades Of Grey”

Christian Grey is damn near God-like — at least according to guests’ bedside tables in The Damson Dene Hotel. Bibles have been booted and E L James’ BDSM erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey has taken their place in every room within the English inn. Damson Dene’s owner said providing a copy of the book to every…

By: Daley Quinn / July 25, 2012

Woman Sues Church Of Scientology Over Alleged Forced Abortion

Laura Ann DeCrescenzo, a former Scientologist who left the church in 2004, has filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology for allegedly forcing her to have an abortion when she was a teen. According to Radar Online, DeCrescenzo was recruited to the religion in New Mexico at age nine and moved away from her family…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 17, 2012

Minnesota Church Ladies Fight For Marriage Equality

The suburbs of Minneapolis are a land of quiet cul-de-sacs, hot dish potlucks, and mostly conservative politics, but in light of a new amendment that seeks to add a gay marriage ban to the Minnesota constitution, these neighborhoods have become something a bit more unexpected: a sea of rainbow flags. And who’s leading the charge?

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 13, 2012

“The Light In Her Eyes” Documentary Explores Koran’s Influence On Girls

Houda Al-Habash is not only seen driving her car in the opening scene of “The Light In Her Eyes,” but she is also steering hundreds of young Syrian girls and women to study the Koran. The 2011 documentary, airing on Thursday, July 19 on PBS’s Point Of View series, explores the impact studying the the Kora…

By: Daley Quinn / July 13, 2012

Stephen Colbert Defends “Radical Feminist” Nuns

Better late than never: it is from Monday night’s show, but I really wanted to post Stephen Colbert coming to the defense of “radical feminist” Catholic nuns. Love you so hard, Stephen. [The Colbert Report]
On how Republicans in the House of Representatives are blocking abortion access for our servicewomen. Apparently even if…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2012

Here’s A Video Game With Sexy Nuns Being Punched And Shot For You To Be Offended About

Much like the hair and costume folks for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the marketing folks for video games know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to getting attention for their product. And as we’ve seen all-too-often with video games, the go-to advertising strategy is sex, sex, more sex, followed by a healthy dollop of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2012

Vatican Denounces Nun’s Book Supporting Gay Sex, Masturbation

The Vatican denounced an American nun, Sister Margaret A. Farley, on Monday for her theological teachings in support of same-sex relationships, remarriage after divorce and masturbation.

In her awarding-winning 2006 book, Just Love: A Framework For Christian Sexual Ethics, Sister Farley writes that “masturbation … usually does not raise any moral questions at all.”…

By: Daley Quinn / June 5, 2012

Nuns Reprimanded By Vatican For “Radical Feminism”

Leaders from a group representing the majority of U.S. Catholic nuns will meet with the Vatican this week to discuss a concern that nuns are enveloped with “radical feminist themes.” [CNN]
A women’s health clinic in New Orleans was destroyed last week by an arsonist. Women With a Vision offers HIV testing and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2012

Fired For Being Hot? Secular Woman Finds Working For Orthodox Jews Who Want Her To Cover Up With A Bathrobe Not Such A Great Job Fit

Lauren Odes, 29, of New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit alleging gender and religious discrimination against her former employers after she was supposedly fired for being “too attractive.” In April, Odes was hired at lingerie distributor Native Intimates in New York City, which is run by Orthodox Jews, to do data entry. (Odes herself i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2012

Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Catholic College Drops Entire Student Health Plan Rather Than Cover Birth Control

A Catholic college in Ohio will drop its entire student health insurance plan beginning in the fall 2012 semester rather than cover birth control under its policy. Franciscan University would have been required to do so under Obama’s health care reform, given how the school is not a religious institution (i.e. it employs many…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2012

Slutty, Slutty Girl Scouts To Be Investigated By Bishops

Those little tramps are at it again. The nefarious-cookie sellers are trying to pull a fast one on us! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched an official inquiry on the Girl Scouts out of concern that scouting materials contain links to other groups like Oxfam, the Sierra Club, and Doctors Without Borders,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 11, 2012

What Happens When Ex-Orthodox Jews Need To Learn How To Date?

Dating is hard enough. But what about dating when you’ve recently left an insular religious community that pretty much forbade interaction with the opposite sex?

Such is the problem faced by ex-Orthodox Jews who are “Off the Derech” (derech is Hebrew for path), or OTD, and assimilating into secular society. Hasidic communities separate boy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2012

The Soapbox: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me Not Puke

A few weeks ago, an article in the Orthodox Jewish newspaper The Jewish Press began to make waves in the religious community. Yitta Halberstam, a well-known Jewish author, wrote about the process of trying to find her son a wife. In her part of the Jewish community (a right-wing faction of Orthodoxy sometimes known a…

By: Lilit Marcus / April 17, 2012

Teen Exorcists Give The Devil A Helluva Time In Arizona

Most women have to ward off horny creatures on a daily basis, but the one that Phoenix teenagers Brynne, Tess and Savannah contend with isn’t a high school quarterback, or a fist-pumping “Jersey Shore” wannabe — it’s the devil.

That’s because when the trio aren’t shopping, practicing karate or singing musical theater i…

By: The Huffington Post / April 7, 2012

Hitched: Should We Go To Premarital Counseling?

The State of Texas, beautiful and God-blessed land led by the white conservative men Jesus always intended it to be led by, rewards people who go to premarital counseling. The prize? You get to waive your license fee and don’t have a three-day waiting period between obtaining the license and getting married.

I…

By: Andrea Grimes / March 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton Tells Religious Extremists To STFU About Women

“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me, but they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim, they all want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 13, 2012

Michelle Duggar’s Tips For A Happy Marriage Include Being “Financially Dependent” On A Man

I won’t beat around the bush: “tips for a happy marriage” from Michelle Duggar are as bad as they sound.

In the season premiere of “19 Kids and Counting” this week, the reality TV mama (whose family is stumping for Rick Santorum) is filmed at a conference on how to have a happy,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012
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