The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men

I recently introduced one of my classes to Lucrezia Marinella, an early modern Venetian writer who published The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men in 1600. I think Marinella can be a lot of fun, but the students were relatively unenthusiastic. Possibly this was because Marinella’s polemic can be […]

(In)Visibility and Privilege

I felt strangely vulnerable as I made my way through the London Underground one evening last September. I was dressed normally, and I wasn’t carrying anything particularly valuable. But I found myself more than usually alert to my surroundings (more even than the low-grade, background uneasiness common to any woman in a public space). I […]

Complementarianism: A Quick Introduction

Simone de Beauvoir famously states in The Second Sex that “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” That recognition of gender as a social construction would underlie much of second-wave feminism’s push for gender equality in both social and legal spheres.

“And Women”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” So states the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the product of the Seneca Falls Convention led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott in 1848. The convention was a founding moment in American first-wave feminism, the topic of episode 2.1 […]

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 […]