Here in the shade

When I finally noticed her, she didn’t glance away. Her stance gave me the impression that she had been glaring at me for a while.

You see, the crammed In-N-Out didn’t have bathrooms; none of the restaurants did. They relied upon public restrooms located in an alley next to a segue rental, which spilled wide-eyed tourists into the alleyway, rolling around at the speed of newborn turtles.

We had deftly dodged the segues and keyed-in the code to the bathroom as a haggard voice in waders sing-songed the numbers to us like some boardwalk siren. He sat there and smoked and offered everyone the secret combination, irrespective of their patron status. I thought it funny he waited in waders. Read more “Here in the shade”

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We Need A Better Term For Male Feminists


You could call me a feminist, if indeed you agree with certain proponents of feminist ideology, but labeling men “feminists” might be the worst kind of misnomer, as many others have pointed out.

A basic premise of feminism considers women’s experiences to be both valid and authoritative. Theological feminismspecifically, refers to the unique perspectives that the group of mostly white, middle-class women bring to God-talk.  The term simply does not apply to men. We can support and celebrate feminist theology, but to pretend that we can produce or participate in feminist theological discussion is to perpetuate some of the problems that various feminist movements oppose in the first place. Read more “We Need A Better Term For Male Feminists”

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Equal Education, Unequal Pay: Gender Wage Gap Infographic

The good people over at Learn Stuff saw the article I wrote about a certain historical, theological perspective on gender.  They wanted to add something to the conversation and asked me to pass along this fantastic infographic on the gender wage gap.  Take a look at it and tell us what you think. Then share. Read more “Equal Education, Unequal Pay: Gender Wage Gap Infographic”

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The Baby-Makin’, Prone-to-Evil, “Other” Gender: Woman.

When I set out to write this I didn’t think that it would be relevant for some of you.  I had thought that unless you grew up in the type of town, place, and community as I did, or went to my church or attended my school… that these things I’m thinking through would look weird, or archaic, or inapplicable.  But that simply isn’t true.   We children of Western culture and our ideas about womanhood are largely shaped by the very same streams of philosophy and theology that  precede us.

And what we collectively think about Woman shows up in things like our current 77.4 cents to every dollar wage gap between the genders.  Women are generally paid less, even when their education rates are generally higher. Why? Read more “The Baby-Makin’, Prone-to-Evil, “Other” Gender: Woman.”

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