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Category Archives: Gender

Two extremes

If you want to read something incredibly stupid, make sure to check out Mark Tooley’s dreck, “Mennonite Takeover.” This lovely piece of “writing” wonders if the malignant Neo-Anabaptists of today will someday repent of all the mean things they say about “traditional American Christianity,” you know, since mainline Christians have apologized profusely for killing all […]

The evangelical-vampiric construction of femininity

Among the new articles just published at TOJ, one of the most helpful is K.J. Swanson’s critique of the various evangelical Christian responses to the Twilight series. Given all the evangelical (and Catholic, lets be equal opportunity offenders here) uproar over the Harry Potter series it is pretty amazing that most Christian responses to the […]

Best. Review. Ever.

Its been a while since I’ve indulged in something linking to a movie review, but this is just too damn good to pass up. Drew McWeeny’s review of the latest Twilight schlock is just utterly fantastic: Here’s where I have a problem.  I don’t care if they get married or not, because in this film, “get […]

Augustine the Crazy Feminist

Melissa posts a couple awesome quotes from Augustine on God as Mother. Here’s just one: “My father and mother have abandoned me (Psalm 26:10). The psalmist has made himself a little child in relation to God. He has made God both his father and his mother. God is our father because he created us, because […]

Putting all Questions to Rest

If there were any doubt it is gone now. If there was even the slightest question that Mark Driscoll is simply rabid misogynist who’s boarderline psychotic, this quote clears all that up. There really are no words for this kind of mindless stupidity: Without blushing, Paul is simply stating that when it comes to leading […]

Why Men Shouldn’t be Ordained

To good to pass up re-posting this: 10. A man’s place is in the army. 9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent. 8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It […]

Round Again with Gendered Language

One point that really needs to be emphasized in the dispute over gendered language has to do with the importance of a literary work ethic. What is at play in the problem of gendered language is twofold. First, there is the ethical problem of referring to both genders only using masculine terms. For most people […]

More on Gendered Language

Sometimes a quick flip through the dictionary can be most helpful on these matters. The argument by proponents of male-centric language goes something along the lines of saying that using “they” as a universal singular pronoun is grammatically incorrect and would only be done by Philistines who have no sense of literary decency. However, history […]

Insane Quote of the Day

Feminists are trying to dictate to the rest of us what the masculine pronoun is allowed to mean. For me it means the same thing it meant to Milton, Shakespeare, Jane Austin[sic], Flannery O’Connor[,] and C. S. Lewis. Feminists want us to pretend they all meant to exclude women from practically everything but that is […]

On Gender-Accurate Language

There’s a pretty interesting article in the Times about the “controversy” over gender-accurate language (scare quotes are because there isn’t really a controversy, just a handful of very irrational and vocal people that think masculinity is the ultimate definition of the human). Anyways, it turns out that the use of masculine pronouns as a stand-in […]

The Social Effects of Too Few Females

Interesting quote on the social effects of China’s radically strong preference for having male children, and the corresponding shortage of women that this practice is (of course) creating: [M]y operating assumption has generally been that a shortage of females in a suitable place – a penal colony on the moon, for example – would mean […]

Why do Evanglicals Care More About Cussing than the Treatment of Women?

The pomo darling boy of the super-reformed emerging church has recently drawn the ire of some of his fellow conservative, reformed evangelical friends. Mark Driscoll has long been known for his regular practice of cussing from the pulpit and engaging in many, many quite explicit sermons about (marital) sex. He has often said that the […]

Why are Women Less Happy?

Economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers explore an interesting question: By many objective measures, the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women’s declining relative […]

The Cross-Confessional Persistence of Honor Killings

One of the things that editing and proofreading books forces on you is the reading of books on topics you ordinarily wouldn’t choose to read. I just finished a manuscript arguing that the dilemma Joseph faced in the biblical account of the virgin birth involved potentially bringing about Mary’s death through an honor killing, similar […]

Feminism and the Problem with “Human Rights”

One of the interesting things about the feminist movement (taken broadly of course, obviously everything I’m about to say here will be something of a generalization) is the way in which it has linked its program of gender equality to the Western liberal tradition of human rights. If all human beings have innate rights, then, […]

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