Category Archives for Women and Religion

Breasts and the Church

With the recent controversy surrounding women nursing infants in public, I thought I would do some research. How did something so natural get to be so controversial? And guess what I found? Public images of breastfeeding were not always considered taboo as the image above attests. In Medieval and Renaissance art, the Virgin Mary was […]

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The Yuck Factor

The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, and Middle School Jokes Have in Common Guest post by Valerie Tarico Medical procedures and research are yucky. Good healthcare means getting over it. If religious conservatives have their way, reproductive healthcare will be dictated by the same psychology that drives middle school jokes about genitals, dead […]

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Women Take Over Healing… Again

  I recently had a medical procedure at a gastroenterology clinic. Yes, that one. I survived, thank you. But what was heartening to me was that each of the medical personnel I saw was a woman: the nurse, the nurse anesthesiologist, and the doctor. A recent study done by the Association of American Medical Colleges […]

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Thanks God for Blaming Eve…Not

Dressed in my cotton print dress with two scratchy crinolines underneath, I hold my mother’s hand as we enter the gathering area for Sunday school classes. After an opening song, we split up by age group. Cautiously, I enter the first grade room. Fortunately, I know at least three kids. Thank heaven! The teacher, Mrs. […]

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“God’s Own Party” at War with Women

15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” is at War with Women Guest Post by Valerie Tarico Why can’t GOP politicians trumpet their religious credentials without assaulting women? Because fundamentalist religion of all stripes has degradation of women at its core. Progressive Christians believe that the Bible is a human document, a record of humanity’s […]

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Abstinence-only Sex Education

Re-reading the classics of feminism such as Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, I am amazed at how far women have come since Sigmund Freud’s misogynist attitude toward women and their sexuality. But then I encounter Amber Barnhill’s poignant story about her total lack of sex education and I realize we […]

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Women and Religion


Helen H. Gardener is the pen name for Alice Chenoweth, an American author and political activist in both the free thought and women’s suffrage movements of the late 19th century. She was a prolific lecturer and made the acquaintance of Robert Ingersoll who spoke out against religion. Later in her career, President Woodrow Wilson appointed […]

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Welcome to my blog – The Faithless Feminist!


​ Let me introduce myself. My name is Karen Garst. I am an atheist and a life-long feminist. These two facets of who I am collided in 2014 when the U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. In this decision, the Court decided that the owners of Hobby Lobby, because […]

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