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.
The blog, the book, and what happened next
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.
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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:
Other articles by me