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Category Archives for Women and Religion

Feminism Does NOT Mean Hating Men

A few weeks ago, I posted an essay that Shanna Babilonia (myiobi.com) and I had written entitled, “7 Reasons Why We Need More Secular Men.” The premise of the piece was that women might benefit from more secular men in their families and friendships as well as in their workplaces and in governmental positions. These […]

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Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse

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Two of the many manipulative tools that religions use, particularly fundamentalist religions, are shame and guilt. Psychologists describe shame as an inward focus on what is wrong with ourselves and guilt as a more outward focus on what we did that was wrong.[1] While some posit that guilt can be constructive and allow us to […]

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Abortion Opponents – Power, Control, and Hypocrisy

While Evangelical Christians and Republican Presidential Candidates tout superior morality as a rational for their opposition to abortion, the history of religious views on this issue and its use to gain political power and control reveal morality places a distant third. The Bible’s Support of Abortion and Killing Fetuses The Christian Old Testament is replete […]

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Black Women and the Jonestown Massacre

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This guest post by Sikivu Hutchinson discusses her research and motivation for writing a novel about the experience of African American women in the Jonestown Massacre. Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels and Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars. On November 18, 1978, over nine hundred members of […]

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Virginity and Sex

There are unlikely any two memes in Christianity that have done more to subordinate women than the issues of virginity and sexual desire. From the story of Eve’s bite of fruit in the Garden of Eden to the gospel stories of Jesus’ virgin birth, these two issues have been intertwined for 3,000 years to the […]

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Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women

This is a guest post by Shanna Babilonia who is the publisher of myiobi.com, a secular personal development website focusing on internal and external improvement and empowerment. You can read more of her work at www.myiobi.com. Thank you Shanna! For thousands of years women have been defined only in correlation to their relationship to men. […]

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Matriarchy to Patriarchy to Equality

A good friend of mine once told me that matriarchy had its run for thousands of years and that progress would not have been made with the continuation of that model. I was taken aback, but decided to explore the topic further. What follows is a brief contrast between the elements of matriarchy and patriarchy. […]

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Atheist women are ugly? Seriously?

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This is a curated article that first appeared in Peter Mosley’s barrier breaker blog on Patheos.com.

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Women Bishops – A Plus or a Minus?

This week’s post is written by British Humanist Martin Naylor who tweets as @woobasher. The United Kingdom doesn’t have quite the separation of church and state as is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Twenty-six bishops sit in their upper house of parliament, The House of Lords. Martin looks at the difference between reactions to discrimination […]

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The Ties that Bind

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The Ties that Bind – Help for Women Trying to Break Them The word religion derives from the Latin religio, which means to bind. And that is just what religion does. It binds people together. It forms communities. It does this through benign means such as ritual, music, and fellowship. The not so benign means involve […]

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