Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Feminism & Fluff

I try to support all feminists--even all women except Phyllis Schlafly.

But I wish Jennifer Crumpton had a better subtitle for her book, Femmevangelical.

The Modern Girl's Guide to the Good News????

And what's with the dyed hair and spike heels on the cover?

This isn't the feminism I found in 1968.

I suppose it's how you reach young women now... especially evangelical young women from the south.

http://www.femmevangelical.com/books/

But Jennifer is actually a serious person--with an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  Here's what is reported about her on the Huffington Post:

Rev. Jennifer Danielle Crumpton spent over a decade as a corporate advertising executive for Fortune 500 brands before graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2011 from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. There she immersed into inter-faith dialogue and faith-based social justice, feminist theology, and Christian social and structural ethics. 

Well, more power to her!

I'll try to get over my old-school attitudes.

Woman-haters

There are men who hate women, especially women who stand up for themselves.

A man threw acid in the face of a Roman Catholic woman priest on Long Island in New York last week.

Cowardly.  

It's the deed of a man who feels impotent, who cannot stop change, who cannot voice his views.  He can only lurk in the shadow and injure a woman leaving her work, getting into her car.

May God strike him dead.  Eventually, this man will die and face the Holy One, the Righteous One, who hates sin, who despises attacks on innocent ones.

May God sustain and heal Dr. Alexandra Dyer.

The report in the New York Post:

http://nypost.com/2015/08/20/woman-priest-burned-in-liquid-attack-was-ambushed/

And the response from the Women's Ordination Conference (WOC):

http://www.womensordination.org/2015/08/25/woc-rcwp-respond-to-attack-on-woman-priest/

Jennifer O'Malley, Board President of the Roman Catholic WomenPriests, places the ultimate blame on the Roman Catholic Church:

“If (Dyer’s attack) was related to her being a woman priest, it fully emphasizes the need for the church to allow and accept women who are called to ordination. As long as they continue to exclude us from the church, and the longer they continue to say that women are not fully capable to be priests or to hold other positions, then it will be much easier for people like this man or anyone else to say that women don’t have to be treated equally.”


If the RCC recognized women as equals, these attacks would not happen.

Where else do acid attacks happen?  In countries where fundamentalist Muslims oppose women getting educated and having rights.  

Thank you to the male Catholic hierarchy for making female followers of Jesus as vulnerable to attack as Muslim women.

Friday, August 14, 2015

"Misogyny in the Church" and other gems

I just ordered 7 CDs from the 2015 CBE Conference in LA. Great speakers--having the CDs is almost as good as being there.

Use this link and discount code "LA35" to get a 35% discount. My cost for 7 CDs was $27.30 plus $3 shipping.

http://www.equalitydepot.com/2015losangelesconference.aspx

CBE is Christians for Biblical Equality International.

See my article about CBE and EEWC-CFT recently posted on the website of Evangelical & Ecumenical Women's Caucus - Christian Feminism Today.

The CDs I chose were:

  • Eugene Cho (pastor of Quest Church, Seattle) on "Misogyny and the Church" 
  • Austin Channing Brown (blogger) on "Teach Them How to Treat You"
  • Young Lee Hertig (prof at Azusa Pacific) on "Women Leaders Navigate the Patriarchal Systems of Family and Church"
  • Anne Zaki (prof at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo) on "Women's Ordination as Pastors: A Middle Eastern Perspective" 
  • Britt Vanden Eykel-Huff (Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA) on "Strategies for Moving the Egalitarian Needle Forward in Your Church"
  • Mariam Youssef (doc student at CGU in Women & Religion) on "Making Space for Women of Color" on racial reconciliation in the Orthodox Church
  • Emily Zimbrick-Rogers (MDiv student at Princeton) on "A Question Mark over My Head: Learning from the Narratives of Female Theologians in the Evangelical Academy"


Thank you to Xana McCauley and Bronwyn Stanford for recommending their favorite speakers at this conference.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fawzia Koofi: A Heroine

I've never been good at understanding the politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq.

Over the last ten years, I've learned about Iran and Iraq, but the other two major states in the region remained a patchwork of news reports in my mind until I read the personal story of Fawzia Koofi.

Letters to my Daughters is the Afghani title, but in the US it's The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

I heard Fawzia speak in Telluride at the Mountainfilm Festival in May, and her words were riveting.

After I bought her book, a visiting friend read it in a few days--she couldn't put it down.

Once I finally had time to read it, I too raced through the chapters, in which her mother, her brother, other friends, and finally her husband die as a result of civil war and Taliban control in Afghanistan. Now I have a framework in which to place the various news articles I read.

An unwanted seventh child in a poor section of Afghanistan grows up to become a member of Parliament and is even spoken of as a possible presidential candidate--what a story.

To get the flavor of the book, listen to this NPR report:

http://www.npr.org/2012/02/22/147060923/a-favored-daughter-fights-for-afghan-women




Monday, July 13, 2015

Pope on poverty

Hooray for Pope Francis!

He is speaking truth to power--on the subject of economic injustice.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/09/living/martin-pope-justice/index.html

Doing something about economic oppression is not optional.  It's a commandment.

May we all listen and respond.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keeping Birth Names Grows

The patriarchal practice of changing women's surnames to match their husbands is shrinking as of 2015.

"Roughly 20 percent of women married in recent years have kept their names" in the US, according to a report in the New York Times this week.

Thank you to Claire Cain Miller and Derek Willis of the NYT for their analysis of data since 1970.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/upshot/maiden-names-on-the-rise-again.html?abt=0002&abg=1

But let's not call women's original names their "maiden" names.  That's sexist in itself.

Do we talk about men keeping their virgin names or boyhood names?  No.  

I kept my birth name after my marriage in 1972, much to the dismay of my father-in-law and one uncle.

My husband John Arthur and I gave our daughters both surnames: Rosamond Arthur Eggebroten, Ellen Arthur Eggebroten, and Marie Arthur Eggebroten.

On our block in Santa Monica, there are 7-8 households where the parents each keep their own birth names.

When my daughter Ellen married in 2012, however, she took her husband's surname and became Ellen Arthur Michel.  I get it--Eggebroten is not the most euphonic name to be known by.

My third daughter, Marie, has so far solved the name issue by avoiding marriage.

"I don't believe in marriage," she says, informing us that we are to refer to her male friend of four years as her partner--not her boyfriend.

A friend of Ellen's marrying this summer chose to hyphenate her name with her husband: Erin and Cary Neff-Morgan.

Women keeping our birth names is just one aspect of the age-old battle for equality in cultures dominated by men.  

It's good to have choice in naming ourselves, whether we follow Lucy Stone or Starhawk (who creatively chose her own name) or tradition.