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Notable News: Week of October 27-November 2, 2012

Hey everybody!  Happy Friday.  Are you as glad as I am that it’s the weekend?  I’m ready to curl up with a laptop and some coffee and get some work done on my NaNoWriMo novel.  I’m a little over 4,000 words in, thanks to my patient daughter who spent a heck of a lot of time with her stuffed animals yesterday.

In other news:

1. Brave young women learning about life

17-year-old Ela donned a head covering and ventured out into the mall—only to face discrimination.  Every American Christian should read this post.  It will give you something to think about next time you’re tempted to cry “persecution.”

In a somewhat more strange tale, a college student attempted (and failed) to achieve ironic racism.  Instead, she just ended up punched in the face.  I’ll give her credit here, though.  At least she claims to have learned her lesson.  I only hope that she learns that not only is dressing as a racist not cool, it’s also not cool to dress as someone you merely label a racist.

2. Those sexy voting ads

I will admit it: I didn’t think the Lena Dunham ad was cute at all.  Call me square, but I found it more sexualized than sexy (yes, there is a big difference).  I get her point, but I was put off by the ad, and not because I’m conservative.  So in that sense, I think Anne Morse makes a good call.  As for the rest of the crap in Morse’s post, well, just read it for yourselves.  I like how she seems to believe that reproductive rights aren’t an important women’s issue or that the Obama campaign only talks about reproductive freedoms when it comes to women’s issues.  Guess she missed the memo on that whole “equal pay” thing.

3. Okay, I admit it, I’m bragging.

This never, ever gets old.  I’m on Fred Clark’s list of Christian women who blog.  That by itself is exciting.  But I’ve also had three of my posts mentioned in the last 5 or 6 weeks, including my post from Wednesday on reproductive rights and my review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  My sweet, innocent, not controversial at all (cough, cough) blog is getting some love.  If that’s not enough to brighten my week, I don’t know what is.

4. This week in reviews of A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Cheers to Team Dan and Rachel!  I suffered through 45 minutes of The View in order to see Rachel talk about the book for 4 minutes and Dan to answer one question about Rachel calling him “Master” during her project.  It was worth it!  (Not only did I get to see Rachel, I got all my chores done while I waited.)  If you missed it, you can watch here.  Then check out all the awesome things everyone is saying about the book at these links:

Book review (and call to arms) – A Year of Biblical Womanhood – Rachel Held Evans by Jessica Harmon

Eschet Chayil, by Emerging Anabaptist | Ryan Robinson

The Year of Biblical Womanhood, a Review, by Jessica McCracken

 Biblical Sex and Beauty, by The Emerging-Anabaptist | Ryan Robinson

A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Tiffany Norris/No Faint Hearts

Struggling with the Bible is Not Unbiblical: #BiblicalWomanhood Review #1, Embracing the Odyssey

Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, by Natasha Crain (Christian Mom Thoughts)

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, by Rachel Tan

Why Biblical Womanhood Needs Rachel Held Evans, by Alise Wright

Making Peace With Proverbs 31 {A Year of Biblical Womanhood}, by Suzannah Paul | The Smitten Word

Open Letter to RHE, by J.R. Goudeau/Love Is What You Do (Synchroblog Link-up)

Reviewing A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Biblical Woman

“Justice, Simplicity, and Legalism” by Ryan Robinson | The Emerging-Anabaptist

A Year of Biblical Womanhood {Or Accepting that Patriarchal Gender Roles are Part of The Matrix}, by Jessica Bowman

“Reviewing the Reviews of ‘A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” by Matt Mikalatos/Out of Ur

“Being A Woman just got easier” by Emily Ballbach

Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Amy Mitchell (Provoketive)

Biblical Submission, by Ryan Robinson | The Emering-Anabaptist

Women of Valor: Finding each other, by Rebecca Kirkpatrick/Bread not Stones

Loving the Bible For What It Is, Not What We Want It To Be, by Ryan Robinson | The Emerging-Anabaptist

Notable News: Week of October 20-26, 2012

It’s just days from the official launch of A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  Do you have your copy yet?

Before I sign off for the weekend, here’s the scoop on women around the Web this week, including the latest book reviews for AYoBW.

1. Women’s Reproductive Health

Whether or not I completely agree with everything that comes down the pike about women’s reproductive health and rights, there’s no denying that some stupid things have been said about it.  A friend shared this video on Facebook, and now I’m passing it on to all of you.

2. Your WTH? Moment of the Week

Richard Mourdock, what were you thinking?  I have no idea why so many people cling to the idea that God has ordained rape for the purposes of creating more human beings.  Plus, I thought that our bodies had magical defenses against that.

3. And in other news, Al Mohler continues to be an idiot

Technically, this should probably go in the list of posts about AYoBW.  But I’m giving it separate space because 1) it isn’t just about the book and/or Rachel and 2) it’s negative and I’m reserving the last category for the good stuff.  Anyway, I don’t think any of us should really be surprised that Mohler has told people not to read Rachel’s book.  My hope is that in telling people not to, he’s actually piquing their curiosity.  Yay!  Anyway, on a related note, this should clear things up a bit, both regarding Mohler and “vaginagate” (the refusal by Lifeway to carry AYoBW because it contains a “flippant” use of the word vagina).

4. This week’s posts about A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Interview with Dan and Rachel Held Evans on the Today Show

On [finding myself among] Women of Valor, by Kelly Bevill/Rainboots & Beef

Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Kelly J Youngblood (Renewing Your Mind)

Is God a biblical woman? by John Stonecypher (The Shack Bible Project)

God In The Home, by Ryan Robinson

A rant about sex and marriage, by John Stonecypher (The Shack Bible Project)

Mocking the Bible? by Ryan Robinson

My Review, by Redefining Female

Headcoverings and Hair: What’s Your Hermeneutic? by Kelley Mathews

The Proverbs 31 Woman, by John Stonecypher (The Shack Bible Project)

Rachel Held Evans v. Scholasticism, Jesus & Venus

A Review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Mark Baker-Wright (Transforming Seminarian)

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: Understanding and Openness in One Woman’s Journey, by Dianna E. Anderson

Happy reading, everyone!  Next week is a big one, with the official book launch on Tuesday, October 30.  The week starts with my Fifty Shades shout-out to Mark Driscoll and there will be goodies all week, including my review of AYoBW and the final deadline for the biblical womanhood contest.

Notable News: Week of October 13-19, 2012

In keeping with my focus on women for the next couple of weeks until the official launch of Rachel Held Evans‘ new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, this week’s links are all about women.  (By the way, you can already order your copy of the book.  Yes, I’m shamelessly promoting it.  I’m more than halfway through already, and I hope to finish the book this weekend.)

1. If this doesn’t make you lose sleep at night, I don’t know what will.

Please go read this piece by Dianna Anderson.  Click on every single link.  I can’t fathom why no one has made any effort to stop creepers from taking photos of women and plastering them all over the Internet.  We are a seriously screwed up society when anyone thinks this is okay.  Also, I need to make a note here: I think that it’s pretty sad that any church is still teaching modesty as a way to avoid harassment and rape.  “Modesty” won’t spare anyone from these sick people taking pictures.  And if that’s true, then it’s equally true that “modesty” won’t spare a woman from incest, rape, harassment, stalking, or any other predatory behavior.  That’s because these people are perverts who don’t care about “modesty.”  How about instead we make sure that we take a stand against what these disgusting people are doing and prevent any more women from being violated.

2. Your WTH? moment for the week

I am so glad we have Matthew Dowd to explain to us What Women Want in a President.  I was feeling a bit conflicted about it, you know.  And I am so deeply disappointed that I married an Alan Alda-type instead of a John Wayne-type.  This is the mid-twentieth century, after all.  Oh, wait.

3. Get the hankies

This beautiful post by Leanne Penny will make you cry for all the right reasons.  It reminds me how much I miss my own mom, but how far I’ve come since she passed.  I know she would be proud of me.  Reading Leanne’s lovely words was healing for me; I hope it is for you, too.

4. This week’s posts about A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Thoughts about “A Year of Biblical Womanhood” by Rachel Held Evans by Roger E. Olson (Patheos)

Her Year of Living Biblically by Ruth Graham (Slate)

Christian Bookstores Refuse to Sell Lady Bible Book Because of ‘Vagina’ byLaura Beck (Jezebel)

Rachel Held Evans spends year living according to the Bible, literally by Jordan Chittley (Yahoo!)

Rachel Held Evans: A Woman’s Year of Living Biblically (Shine from Yahoo!)

On Rachel Held Evans and Why “Vagina-gate” Matters by Christian Piatt (Patheos)

A Post About LifeWay, Vaginas, and @RachelHeldEvans by Matthew Paul Turner

5. Don’t forget…

…to submit your essay for the contest.  The deadline is November 2!

Have a great weekend, everybody!  See you on Monday with a woman-centric post about Fifty Shades.

Essay Contest: Biblical Womanhood

I can’t describe how excited I am.  We’re only a couple of weeks away from the release of Rachel Held Evans‘ new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to get my hands on a copy so I can read and review it here on my blog.

In honor of the impending book release, I’m announcing a contest right here.  I hope you are all ready to sit down at your computers or break out a pen and paper, because it’s going to require some writing on your part.

Here are the official rules:

  1. Write an essay of 500-750 words telling me how you define Biblical womanhood or what Biblical womanhood means to you.
  2. Using the “contact me” page on this blog, copy and paste your essay into the text field.  No attachments, please.
  3. Submit the essay by 6pm EDT on Friday, November 2, 2012.

That’s it!  I will select a winner from among the entries based on content and skill.  The essay will be featured as a guest post on my blog on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  My husband and I will also donate $100 to a charity benefiting girls and/or women, to be chosen by the winner.  Other submissions may be chosen for future guest posts as well, with the permission of the writer.

A few of other items of note:

  • You don’t have to be a woman, or even a Christian, to write an essay.  Everyone is welcome!
  • Please self-edit.  I do not have time to comb through every essay for grammar and punctuation, as well as returning it to you all for correction.  I will format the winning essay for publication on the blog, but it will appear as-written.
  • Regarding charities: My husband and I agreed that it should be the winner’s choice, and that we would donate the money even if it’s an organization we would not ordinarily support.  However, there are a few rules: It must directly benefit girls and/or women; no political or lobbying organizations; no hate groups; and no organizations actively promoting lies about or oppression of the LGBT community.
  • We will provide a receipt to the winner regarding the donation.

These rules also appear on the “Biblical Womanhood Contest” page on this blog.  Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.  Good luck, have fun, and I hope to see all your submissions!