Convent Thoughts and Purity Culture

A nun stands in thought within a walled garden in Charles Allston Collins’s Convent Thoughts (1851). The painting emphasizes the sexless purity of the nun, with her downcast eyes and her featureless pillar of an entirely veiled body. She is cold and grey in contrast with the Pre-Raphaelite profusion of detailed plant life, so pallid […]

On the Importance of Labels

As promised, this post accompanies the Christian Feminist Podcast’s first episode, “Introductions and Intersections (Part 1).” (You can find the show notes here, and the episode here or on iTunes.) In that episode, recorded over a year ago now, Victoria Farmer, Shelah Woodruff, and I discussed what being a Christian feminist means to each of […]