• "It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me."

  • About Me

    Feminist. Christian. Bad bowler.

    As a kid there were two things I promised myself I would never be, because they looked incredibly boring: a writer, and a pastor. I am both, and they are not. I believe in the power of speaking the truth in love, and if that doesn't work, speaking the truth a lot louder. I like to yell at people really, really nicely.

  • Work

    The blog, the book, the... binterviews?

    Extreme Modesty

    As a first-year seminary student, I was inspired by covered Muslim women. They said the hijab made them free. I designed an experiment: for nine months, I covered my hair, arms and legs and stopped wearing makeup. The result changed the way I viewed beauty, power, and faith.


    Beacon Press, The Beauty Suit, May 2018

    The Beauty Suit is about my nine month modesty experiment, but it's also about the limits of Kardashian-esque hotness as "empowerment" (hint: it's just capitalism, coopting feminism). I look at the other end of the ideological spectrum-- the three Abrahamic traditions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam-- in an effort to find a counter-narrative.

    Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.


    If You Don't Have Haters, Are You Even a Feminist?

    I summarized the Modesty Experiment in an article and, much to my delight, it was accepted to Salon. I was not prepared for the blowback, like the articles on Jezebel and XOJane. However others, like Yahoo, dug the whole thing. Other appearances:

    Sometimes I Have to Say a Thing

    I'm an introvert, and when I feel strongly about something, writing helps me sort it out. Black Panther, #MeToo, and more.

  • Contact

    Please contact my publicist, Perpetua Charles at Beacon Press, below. Not because I'm super-famous, but because sometimes I don't have the energy to check all my social media and email accounts. I'm sure you can relate.