• "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.

    I like to yell at people really, really nicely. 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.

  • 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.

    Media

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

    I summarized the 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:

    • Voices, a podcast about progressive faith. Check out my interview on Episode 18!
    • Creative Corner: a podcast about the¬†creative process (in my case, writing a book)
    • Fanboy Planet: A guest post on misogyny in Jurassic World. Why? Because I felt like it.

    Upcoming Book

    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 + feminism, plus it's soul-suckingly distracting). I look at the three Abrahamic traditions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, for a counter-narrative.

    Pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

    Surprise! I Have Opinions

    When I feel like I need to weigh in, here's where I go.

  • 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.