United Methodists Elect 1st Gay Bishop; Canadian Anglicans OK Same-Sex Marriage; Iraq’s Sadr Issues Fatwa Against Violence Against Gender Noncomformists; Tanzanian Politician Declares War on ‘Gayism’; Global LGBT Recap — Religion Dispatches

Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, is a biannual, multilingual and peer-reviewed “progressive,... via United Methodists Elect 1st Gay Bishop; Canadian Anglicans OK Same-Sex Marriage; Iraq’s Sadr Issues Fatwa Against Violence Against Gender Noncomformists; Tanzanian Politician Declares War on ‘Gayism’; Global LGBT Recap — Religion Dispatches

Catholic Bishops Actively Oppose Equality of Women, Again

The bishops are all hot and bothered about women in the church again, and, as usual, it is a nun who has driven them to distraction. People who believe in divine revelation universally agree that revelation is received through language.  Language expresses and is shaped by the culture in which it is spoken.  Language reflects … Continue reading Catholic Bishops Actively Oppose Equality of Women, Again

Naked Truth

The quotation from Schiller, "Kannst du nicht allen gefallen durch deine Tat und dein Kunstwerk, mach' es wenigen recht; vielen gefallen ist schlimm," loosely translated, reads "If your deed and your art do not please everyone, do it as well as you can; pleasing everyone sucks." The painting scandalized bourgeois Viennese art viewers because it … Continue reading Naked Truth

Current anti-woman legislation and the rise of Christian extremism

Christian extremists have not quite taken hold of the country, but they pose an emergent, lethal threat to women, men, and children in the United States of America. They do not constitute the majority of Americans, who largely trust women to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. Nevertheless, a vocal and fiercely religious minority have gained ground in state and federal legislatures and in right-wing media conglomerates such as Fox News and Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, which host women-haters and homophobes on a regular basis.

What is Gender?

The people in this cartoon are "doing gender."  What does this mean? What is gender? Gender is an embodied social program, an ideological construction of the body that we do not simply perform in language and gesture, but also inhabit and experience somatically (from the Greek, soma), in the body . Gender is durable, although not inevitable, … Continue reading What is Gender?

The Origins of Easter and some thoughts about fertility and gadflies

Christians celeberate a feast day called "Easter," on which they honor a murdered son and his miraculous return to life through the power of the Father.  This story reinterprets the much earlier, Babylonian myth of Osiris, in which Isis, "the Giver of Life," mother of the sun, and "oldest of the old," restores Osiris to life, mates … Continue reading The Origins of Easter and some thoughts about fertility and gadflies

Rough Day with Margaret leads to Ephesus and the Myth of Temple Prostitution and the Anxiety of Some Really Scary Christian Men (and Women)

3/10/10 (mistakenly deleted and reposted today) What a day!  I was storming out the door, fuming for no reason in particular, on my way to the library, finally, to get to my writing, my real work, and then stopped, stupidly, on the sidewalk as soon as I saw her and remembered. Margaret, good old thing, … Continue reading Rough Day with Margaret leads to Ephesus and the Myth of Temple Prostitution and the Anxiety of Some Really Scary Christian Men (and Women)