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Religion & Feminism

The world is eager to position feminism and religion as mutually exclusive practices, but we don't really buy that. If 85% of the world is religious, some of those people are bound to also be feminists! Many of them, in fact, would cite their religion as the reason for their politics, and vice versa. This week we'll be sharing stories from a few of them, everything from atheistic Judaism to Evangelical pro-choice politics.
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What It Looks Like To Be A 29-Year-Old Unmarried Virgin Evangelical Feminist In 2017

A man who loves Jesus, believes in waiting for sex, and cares about intersectional feminism? That’s hard to find in Evangelicalism (although admittedly easier in an urban environment). And to find a...
Submitted by Nina Biagini | 02.24.17 12am
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Not Your Grandmother’s Religion: Why My Parochial Education Was A Big Fail

I spent nine years attending Catholic School. I’m pretty sure I would have been there for twelve if the grades offered went beyond the Junior High School structure of the mid-seventies. I would have...
Submitted by Judith Liebaert | 02.24.17 12am
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Finding And Losing The Pagan Community Through Activism

I wasn’t always a witch. Or a feminist. I lived a sheltered life as a child. We weren’t rich by any means. My parents struggled, sacrificed, and worked long hours to give us the things they never had...
Submitted by Bex vanKoot | 02.24.17 12am
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Finding My Rebel Catholicism In Mexico City

In my rebel Catholicism, and the Catholicism that I see so many other Latinx people practice, faith and cynicism are dancing partners that invent their own steps.
Submitted by Michelle Threadgould | 02.24.17 12am
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Womanism: A Spiritual Resistance For Black Women

For me, feminism felt like finding a beautiful shoe in the wrong size. No matter how much I strained, it never seemed to be a perfect fit. I found my size in womanism.
Submitted by Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez | 02.24.17 12am
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My Catholic Father Uses Our Spiritual Differences To "Keep Me In Line"

The through line of my life has been the tension caused by my father believing that I should “fall in line” and defer to his patriarchal authority. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ways that...
Submitted by Mary Kate Miller | 02.22.17 12am
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Finding Refuge In Judaism As A Feminist Atheist

This past fall, I decided to stop worrying about the absence of my belief and allow myself the communal experience of prayer. I enjoy it, not because I believe in God, but because I enjoy the ritual.
Submitted by Jenny Splitter | 02.21.17 12am
"With this all around me, and with my parents’ dedication to families of children with disabilities, how could I not believe deeply in service to others?"

I'm An Intersectional Feminist Because Of My Sufi Faith

In Sufism, one of the central doctrines is non-judgment of anyone based on their gender, race, religion, or ethnicity. This is grounded in the concept of Divine Unity. If everything is a reflection...
Submitted by Naseem Jamnia | 02.20.17 12am