At Iowa's State Fair on Friday, August 21, 2015, Texas senator Ted Cruz went head-to-head with Ellen Page in a debate about LGBT and religious persecution. Page is a part of the LGBT community herself, and a well-known advocate for gay rights. During Cruz's informal press conference, she posed a question regarding prejudice against LGBT persons in the workforce, saying, "In a lot of states, LGBT people can be fired for just being gay or for just being trans, that's totally legal, I mean, how do you feel about that? That just doesn't sound very American to me. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Jan 15, 2015
We weren’t sure the Pope (whom we’ve now officially dubbed “Cool Pope” by the way) could surpass said coolness, but he’s just freed the nipple in the Sistine Chapel. So... We think it’s pretty safe to say he is now the coolest pope. Ever.
Last Sunday, he went to work baptizing 33 infants for the annual Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and encouraged mothers to go ahead and breastfeed their kiddos if they cried from hunger during the service. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Dec 16, 2014
On Monday morning, December 15th, an armed gunman entered a standoff with police while inside a café in Martin Place, located in Sydney, Australia. During the standoff, the gunman, Man Haron Monis, held 17 people hostage inside of the café and displayed an Islamic flag in the café’s window.
The hostage situation ended early Tuesday morning when police entered the site after hearing an explosion and yelling. Two hostages, Tori Johnson (34) and Katrina Dawson (38), along with the gunman died during the police rescue. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Nov 14, 2014
The silence used in Pawel Pawlikowski’s award-winning, thoughtful and intense new film “Ida” is deafening. Set in post-Stalinist Poland in the early 1960s, the audience is introduced to a bleak, black and white setting where the noise of footsteps on fallen snow or the sound of a spoon hitting the side of a bowl during breakfast feels like a violent interruption against the backdrop of a still, calm quiet.
Almost immediately the audience is introduced to Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a teenage girl just a few weeks shy of taking her final vows and becoming a nun. Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Oct 01, 2014
Lifetime premiers a new docu-series on November 25 at 10pm about women deciding if they will devote the rest of their lives to God! The Sisterhood will span over six episodes that follow five young ladies as they consider taking the habit. This is a big deal considering it will reveal the hardships of devoting yourself to God and the Catholic church permanently (including what is involved in that decision).
This is also the first time ever that cameras have been allowed in these convents. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Sep 24, 2014
Mars Hill Church, a 15-location megachurch headed by Pastor Mark Driscoll (who infamously referred to women as “penis homes”) has, in the past few weeks, been facing a growing controversy over its power structure, bullying of attendees and staff, and Driscoll’s inflammatory online (and in-pulpit) statements regarding (among other things), the status of women within the church, and marriage. Attendance is way down; Mars Hill is firing staff and closing branches, and Driscoll is taking a six-week hiatus. Read More
The Satanic Temple (TST) is asking the SCOTUS for the same religious protections and exemptions it gave Hobby Lobby. This is a win for people with uteruses living under the new Informed Consent laws that 35 states have now enacted. Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jul 15, 2014
Though the Church of England has some notoriously anti-woman roots (Beheading of Anne Boleyn? Rejection of Queen Elizabeth?), this influential Anglican institution is slowly making its way into the 21st century.
As of yesterday, July 14, women can officially be ordained to serve as bishops in the Church of England. Nice! Delayed, but nice!! The vote was met with (almost) unanimity in the House of Bishops, which is a big step up from the 2012 vote - which was shot down by a small margin. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 03, 2014
The 4th of July is right around the corner. Americans across the country are breaking out the barbecues, stocking up on red, white, and blue paraphernalia, and trying to find the best vantage point from which to view the fireworks. (I recommend finding a friend who lives in a tall apartment building and hanging out on their roof.)
Now, I love a celebration as much as anyone, but I think it’s important that we remember that, much though we’d like to deny it, oppression is still a very present issue for many people. Read More
The topic of female sexuality never ceases to incite fear and outrage, from the biblical Eve to the mythological Medusa, whose phallic snakes coil about her face like hair. Too often, it seems to be up to male storytellers, artists, and philosophers to define a woman’s sex and the female body. We’re morally judged if we choose to be sexually active, and we are similarly shamed if we choose to abstain. Read More