Category Archives for Women and Religion

World Population Day

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By Jane Roberts   I wrote this little essay for LINKEDIN and it has been read by over 70 of my “followers”. Although I don’t say it, so much of what I wrote here has to do with gender inequality and so much of gender inequality has to do with the world’s main religions. Why […]

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Part II: The Archbishop’s Commission and the Power of Passivity

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Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, and the Role of Religion in the Rise of Fascism By Karen Bridges   In Part I of this series, I discussed Virginia Woolf’s writing on the role of religion in preventing women from getting an education. I will now turn to Three Guineas’ examination of the state of employment for […]

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Five Fierce Humanists

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By Sikivu Hutchinson   For the first time ever, a group of openly identified Black women atheists has been featured on the cover of an American publication. The Humanist Magazine’s July/August issue, “Five Fierce Humanists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief” spotlights the cultural and political views of Black women non-believers in a Trumpian, Christian fundamentalist political […]

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Is God a Man?

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by Teresa Roberts When I was growing up in a religious cult, I never thought for one moment to question whether god was a man. After all, in our house, my father reigned supreme as his god had intended all males to do. My mom, however, was a rather stubborn woman according to him. It […]

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The Problem with Purity

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By Lauren J. Barnhart We all struggle with complicated issues around the human body. Much of our culture is informed by patriarchal religious views, which teach people to transcend the body rather than be fully within it. This has resulted in systems of control and repression. By examining fears of the physical in all of […]

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How our mental psyche is affected by religion

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By Karen L. Garst Anyone who has left religion, whether it was a fundamentalist religion or a more liberal variety, knows the role that religion plays on our mental psyche. We feel guilt that we are making mistakes and not being the person the holy book tells us to be. We feel shame when we […]

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Biblically Clobbered Over the Head

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By Alexis Record I gleefully crossed one of my former religious taboos. It was exhilarating. What demonic deed did I do? Was it the devil’s tango? Did I drink from Satan’s brew? Close. I got a haircut. Wait, I can explain! It was not just any haircut! It was a reckoning! All those layers of […]

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Speaking my Mind

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Jane Roberts Guess what! Millions of conceptions (sperm attaches to egg) end in miscarriages. IF you believe in God, then HE is the abortionist par excellence. Also if you believe in God and are against artificial contraception (because your Church tells you that intercourse must be open to procreation), then it is a fact that […]

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Anti-Women Cults Established in the Name of Religion

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Kate Harveston When you imagine a cult, you probably think of a pretty radical group of people. Even the word “cult” has a negative connotation to it — it’s been known to describe isolated people who hurt others. The mindset behind cults is what makes them dangerous and lands them on the evening news. Even […]

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Experiences of Women About Different Religions

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Arina Thoggy When Cami Ostman, a famous author, and Susan Tive, a renowned editor, met in a Seattle based memoir-writing class, they found a strong bonding between themselves. This connection was based on their experiences in fundamentalist religious groups. Ostman has spent the major part of her life involved in  charismatic Christian organizations. Tive converted […]

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