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Can Rape Jokes Help End Rape Culture?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Though rape jokes have traditionally been made at the expense of victims or used to normalize rape, Silverman recognizes that humor can be a powerful tool for dismantling rape culture. ...

One Year Later, Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Still Missing
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram, more than 200 kidnapped children remain missing. One year after the kidnapping of 276 Nigeri ...

Blaming the Victim
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lyndsey Christoffersen From "modest is hottest" to misreading sexual violence in the Bible, Christians have a checkered history ...

'The Mask You Live In': A Blessed Mess
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In many respects, boys are set up to fail. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring stories of men and women working ...

The Strength of our Stories
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

There is room and need for men’s stories in the narrative of ending violence against women. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History ...

Learning from Undaunted Women
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Only when all men are intolerant of any abuse of women will things improve. I pray that I may develop a sliver of the courage Anna, Anna, and Sunitha model. Editor's Note ...

Rape Culture on College Campuses: Advice for Survivors
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The news coming out of college campuses seems full of accusations and rumors of college women being victimized by their classmates. Just as I did after my cancer diagnosis, victims can make the same mistake I ...

Lean In: How Men Can Support Gender Equity
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It's time for all men to lean in. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring stories of men and women working to ...

My Father's Keeper
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

We must engage and invite men to be a part of this movement. Men who need help and men that want to help. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women&# ...

It's On Us: Healthy Masculinity and Sexual Assault Prevention
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

We can choose healthy masculinity and present it as choice for men and boys. It’s on us to do so. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's Hi ...

Being a Man, a la Paul
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Paul forces me to think differently about what it means to be a man. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Women's History Month featuring storie ...

Women in Church Leadership and Overcoming Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Probably one of the most important things for me is knowing who I am: a beloved and favored child of the King, made in the image of the perfect One who calls and equips me to reflect that same royalty and hono ...

We Are Woman
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

I long for the day when women and men will stand eye to eye in evangelical churches across the nation. They will speak healing and empowering words to each other: I see the image of God in you. ...

Silence Is Not An Option
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

While we may acknowledge that men and women are equal, I believe there is power in who speaks. As a preacher and pastor, I have had the privilege of speaking to people from a wide ...

Men: Take a Stand to End Gender-Based Violence
Originally Posted: 03/05/2015 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

We believe that now is the time for men to engage in these issues; to stand up and speak out against violence; to be “First Men Standing.” Editor's Note: This article is ...

The Right and Logical Thing to Do
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

But why did Nimoy—why does any man—work to end sexism and discrimination? Simply: It’s the right thing to do. Editor's Note: This article is part of a blog series for Wo ...

A Call to Prayer: Make Violence Against Women History
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

But while it’s important to make space to honor and recognize the contributions of women in history/herstory, I also pray that more men will be a part of the conversation. March m ...

Reclaiming 'Angry' Feminism and Other Lessons from 'She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry'
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Bras weren’t the only things the second wave feminists burned in the ‘60s. Bras weren’t the only things the second-wave feminists burned in the ‘60s. But that’s all I learned abo ...

Cardinal O’Malley: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Far from Over
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University that some prelates were still reluctant to deal with the problem openly. The U.S. car ...

Rape Culture Is Real
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

An escalation of rhetorical debate distracts from the real concern that rape culture theory was developed to address — that we help socialize dangerous behavior in our children. ...

Way to #RiseForTheRaise!
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

We are grateful for all of those who took the time to put their love into action this Valentine's day. Many thanks to our friends and supporters for rallying together to #R ...

Pastors: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film Glamorizes Sexual Abuse and Violence
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens in theaters on Feb. 13, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...

V-Day: It's Time to #RiseForTheRaise
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

In God’s economy, all are created equal and should be treated fairly. It’s time for people of faith to rise up and close the gender pay gap. Forget the candy and flowers this Vale ...

Short Takes: Anastasia Uglova
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés 4 Questions for Anastasia Uglova 1.   How would you describe Akilah Institute’s goals for its s ...

End of an Inquisition?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phyllis Zagano The Vatican wraps up its three-year investigation of U.S. nuns. What's next for women in the church?  ...

Muslim Women in Los Angeles Start a Mosque of Their Own
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

A downtown Los Angeles interfaith center that once served as a synagogue was the site of a historic worship service last week, as dozens of women gathered for Friday Muslim prayers in what is being dubbed the ...

Fighting Human Trafficking...and Learning to Love Myself Along the Way
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

And so today, I speak aloud my darkest secret and share with you the greatest lessons that I have learned as an abolitionist. There is great power in embracing our imperfection and vulnerabilities. We are all ...

Bondage, Freedom, and #TomatoRabbis
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 1:27am | Type: Blog

When we talk about labor trafficking, we must keep the focus on the worker who is enslaved rather than the product we consume. The Jewish narrative begins with the story of slaver ...

On Chastity and Revictimization
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

If we allow people to be shamed or forced into crime through a lack of viable alternatives, we are morally culpable like the Greco-Roman society which taught women that their life was only worth as much as the ...

The NFL’s Chilling New Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Will Make You Stop and Listen
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

After the high-profile domestic violence cases of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL is speaking out with a new Super Bowl Ad. After the high-profile domestic violence cases o ...

San Francisco Priest Bars Altar Girls, Sparks Another Controversy
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criticism and praise and comes amid a wider debate over conservative c ...

Breeding 'Like Rabbits,' Sex by Rhythm Method, and Other Natural Family Planning Myths
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

In discussing birth control and population issues when visiting the Philippines recently, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church promoted “responsible parenthood” that didn’t require good Catholics to be “like ...

It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

This month, as we raise awareness about the massive problem of human trafficking, let’s also share the important message of hope. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re reading ...

Not A Game
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Every year, approximately 100,000 children are forced into prostitution in the United States—and many are illegally “bused in” to locations hosting major sporting events like the Super Bowl. ...

Resistance. Lamentation. Action.
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

There is no one course of action which will end human trafficking. Yet, if we are truly outraged by this social sin, we must find ways to resist. Ordinary people of goodwill, no m ...

Why We Need More 'Safe Harbor Laws'
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Allowing such a blatant disregard for human rights to happen to the most innocent among us is unacceptable. When a  San Antonio couple  was caught trafficking a 16-year-old onl ...

In Our Own Backyard: Children and Sexual Slavery
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Who will end slavery? You will. How will we end slavery? By God’s grace, through love and fortitude. Not in a faraway place but right here, at home. An estimated 100,000 children ...

This Is What It Looks Like to Help End Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, in the midst of the daily humdrum of life, I forget that what I’m doing really does make a difference, half a world away, in the lives of survivors of trafficking. I am ...

Invest in Women, Divest from Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/18/2015 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Five businesses dedicated to helping sell the products or art of at-risk women and girls, as well as trafficking survivors—supplying them with work and the means to provide for their families. ...

A Journey to Full Restoration
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

A successful business can provide the wages and benefits needed to sustain a woman while giving her the opportunity to reach full restoration. When the greater community invests in freedom products, we can hel ...

Help End Domestic Slavery, Ratify Convention 189
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

Many domestic workers in the United States are hard working people who enjoy their jobs and have fair working conditions. But the private and unregulated nature of the job does make these workers vulnerable to ...

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are My People
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, women who are smart, talented, and gutsy enough to call out injustice, make me proud to be a woman. They are my people. Living in a different time zone ...

Pope Francis to Moms: It’s OK to Breast-Feed in Public
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 11, Pope urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry. While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel o ...

Victims in Our Midst: Health Care and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Hope for Justice aims to end human trafficking in our lifetime. And one priority to achieve that in the U.S. is training healthcare professionals to recognize victims of human trafficking. Almost 88 percent of ...

From NFL Cheerleading to Fighting Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

This evil was revealed to me and once seen, I could not turn a blind eye. Why is it that billions of dollars are spent globally each year to buy and sell human beings for forced l ...

Lessons from a Trafficking Survivor
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Although human trafficking is ultimately about supply and demand, human trafficking is an evil that gets its start in many different ways. Racism, gender and educational inequality, and any and all causes of v ...

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Casey Fleming A pregnant feminist reflects on the need for good male mentors in a society loaded with damaging masculine norms.  ...

American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 8:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

The Myth of Crying Rape
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Failure to recognize the sins of power and domination that influence the acts of violence against half of God’s creatures is simply bad theology. There’s a lot to be disappointed ...