By Alie Benge I went to a talk the other day by the queen of Australia – Melinda Tankard Reist. The topic sounds so grim that I didn’t even want to tell people where I was going, but it was about the sexualisation of children in Western society, and how the normalisation of images of… Continue reading Where Are The Men?
I went to see Risen the other week, pre-judgements in hand. From the trailer it looked like a fresh take, but there are certain things I’ve come to expect from any bible movie – washed out theology, campy dialogue and a Jesus that looks fresh from the salon. Surprisingly, Risen was so good. Though based… Continue reading Thoughts from RISEN
Here in Wellington we have an event every six weeks called the Radical Tea Party, where about 50 or so people get together, drink fair trade tea and talk about different social issues. Last night the topic was on feminism and I was asked to be on the panel. One of the questions given to… Continue reading Everybody’s Problem
Ironically, my ‘coming out’ as a feminist was in a blog post titled ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’. For a long time I maintained that while I held strong views on women’s rights, the label shouldn’t be necessary, just as there is no label for ‘not-racist’. It seemed obvious to me that women and… Continue reading Sorry, Not Sorry: Why I Use ‘That Word’
Feminism is not just an idea or feeling of camaraderie, it is an all-encompassing framework for evaluating one’s experience of life. It is an atheistic humanist worldview. If I am to take feminism seriously, I should regard it as a complete worldview. Inevitably then, feminism will clash with my Christianity because I cannot, logically speaking,… Continue reading 5 reasons for a Christian to question feminism
My posts for the next little while will be based on the book by Margaret Köstenberger called Jesus and the Feminists. Köstenberger’s book interacts with the writings of iconic feminist figures within the Christian context and evaluates them against Scripture. The key question is: who do they say Jesus is? I plan on summarising and… Continue reading Jesus and the Feminists – Book Review – Part 1
The poster said ‘WHAT REAL MEN READ’ in bold white font above pictures of books about fishing, pig hunting, brewing your own beer. My boss was hanging it up in the doorway of the bookshop. I was supposed to be stacking books but I stopped and watched. Father’s Day was coming up. My dad probably… Continue reading The Culture of The ‘Real Man’