Category Archives for Women and Religion

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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From Grain Goddess to Catholic Saint

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One of the most important transformations in human civilization occurred when someone, perhaps a woman who did the gathering, recognized that seeds tossed on the ground would sprout into plants. The advent of agriculture completely transformed the nomadic life of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. People became more sedentary and settled together first in villages and then […]

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Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women

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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

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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?

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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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Ten Reasons for Women to Reject Christianity

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Eve Most Christians believe that God is omnipotent which means all powerful. Most also believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God with some going further to state that it is the inerrant word of God with every word being true. Given these assumptions, God had a choice in choosing a woman, Eve, […]

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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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Breasts and the Church

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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

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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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