Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Oscars are less than two weeks away . . .

And I am so excited I could pee my pants. Seriously. But enough about what happened last week at the grocery store; I am just PRAYING that Gwyneth repeats something like her 2002 nightmare (seriously, I Googled "Gwyneth Awful Oscar Dress" and this was the first hit), or someone wears a dead wolf or another ballet ensemble, a la Lara Flynn Boyle or Hilary Swank in 2003. Give me something to work with!

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Oscar gowns of all time. Contemplate, enjoy, remember simpler times:

Friday, February 4, 2011


I read an interesting article yesterday - "7 Reasons There Are No Women Speaking at Your Conference." The author, Rachel Held Evans, talks in it about getting yet another announcement about a keynote lineup at a Christian conference. It was being headlined by six white men. No one is surprised by this, but she offers an articulate series of thoughts about why this is the case - women have their own separate Christian subculture, hold fewer pastoral positions and seminary degrees, and they're expected to be submissive.

It's a really interesting and thoughtful post, but I was a little bit (really, just a little) bothered by the opening paragraph. Specifically, the sentence in which Held says:

"not because I’m a raging feminist . . . "

In the Christian world, 'feminist' is (still) usually thought of as a four-letter word. It cuts quickly and deeply to the heart of our deep-seated and funky gender dynamic. A 'feminist' is someone who thinks that women and men are equal. It's pretty simple. And everyone, but especially Christians, should be proud to identify themselves as such.

Instead, it's become a label that Christians are quick to dissociate themselves from. I've heard so many variations of "I'm not a feminist, but I do believe that men and women are created equal."

Guess what? You're a feminist! Congratulations! You can keep right on wearing pink and getting pedicures and shopping, or wearing black and kickboxing, or wearing neutrals and going to yoga. Women have historically and systematically oppressed -- and no, it isn't nearly as bad as it used to be and yes, we have many more opportunities than our forbears. But women still get paid less than men for doing the same work. They still hold far fewer executive positions across the board than men do. And they are under more pressure than ever to look and act Just Right, some ludicrous combination of sexy and confident and demure and skinny and intelligent and not too intelligent and nonthreatening and a little bit helpless and on and on. We have a long ways to go.

So let's go there. Together. In all our messy and nonconformist ways. And let's give credence to what - and who - we are along the way.