Category Archives for Women and Religion

Civilization Was Invented by Women. What Gave Men the Right to Ruin It?

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By guest writer By Legesse Allyn (Photo: Przemyslaw “Blueshade”​ Idzkiewicz – Egyptian Luxor temple and its sphinx alley. Did a woman supervise its design and construction?) Why Do Women Financially Bankroll Chauvinistic, Misogynistic Bible Religions that Vilify Women? It was reported back in 2011 by GFK MRI, “Survey of the American Consumer,” that 74.9% of […]

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Respectability Among Heathens: Black Feminist Atheist Humanists

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By Sikivu Hutchinson After a barnstorming night of raunchy revelry, the four black women protagonists in the 2017 Hollywood comedy Girls Trip cap off their adventures with a group shout out to Jesus in their hotel room.  Kneeling down in prayer, they thank Jesus and trot out their blessings.  The scene is presumably intended as […]

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The Ten Commandments of Gender Equality

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I.     Body Autonomy Neither a man’s or woman’s body can be used against their will for any purpose. Ex. Sperm cannot be forcibly taken from a man to produce a child. Abortion must be legal, safe, and available. Ex. No man or woman should be touched without their clear consent. II.    Equality under […]

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When priests became celibate men

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We have all read about the recent grand jury report of the abuse of over 1000 children by priests in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. This report, of course, is not the first to charge the Roman Catholic Church with sexual abuse of children nor the first accusing leaders of the church of covering […]

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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

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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