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Resist and persist : faith and the fight for equality / Erin Wathen.
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9780664263904
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First edition.
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Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
xii, 171 pages ; 22 cm
Contents:
The patriarchy dies hard -- Other women are not the problem -- The privilege problem -- Using our words: the healing properties of inclusive language -- The motherhood myth -- Equal pay and representation: why is this even still a thing? -- Stop telling me to smile: double standards and demanding routines -- The new frontier: silencing women, one tweet at a time -- Domestic abuse and sexual assault: the ongoing tragedy -- The political uterus and hope of a better way.
Abstract:
"Over the past few decades, the roles women play in public life have evolved significantly, as have the pressures that come with needing to do it all, have it all, and be all things to all people. Misogyny has evolved as well, becoming in some ways more subtle and indirect. But patriarchy is still sanctioned by every institution: capitalism, government, and even--maybe especially--the church. This is perhaps the ultimate irony--that a religion based in the radical justice and liberation of Jesus' teachings has been the most complicit part of the narrative against women's equality. Pastor and blogger Erin Wathen navigates the complex layers of what it means to be a woman in our time and place--from the language that we use to the clothes that we wear to the unspoken assumptions that challenge our full personhood at every turn. Fearless and faith-based, [this book] examines the challenges to women's equality in light of our current culture and political climate and calls women and men alike to break through the barriers that hold us all back."--Back cover.
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Over the past few decades, the roles women play in public life have evolved significantly, as have the pressures that come with needing to do it all, have it all, and be all things to all people. And with this progress, misogyny has evolved as well. Today's discrimination is more subtle and indirect, expressed in double standards, microaggressions, and impossible expectations. In other ways, sexism has gotten more brash and repulsive as women have gained power and voice in the mainstream culture.





Patriarchy is still sanctioned by every institution: capitalism, government, and even--maybe especially--the church itself. This is perhaps the ultimate irony--that a religion based on the radical justice and liberation of Jesus' teachings has been the most complicit part of the narrative against women's equality. If we are going to dial back the harmful rhetoric against women and their bodies, the community of faith is going to have to be a big part of the solution.





Erin Wathen navigates the complex layers of what it means to be a woman in our time and place--from the language we use to the clothes that we wear to the unseen and unspoken assumptions that challenge our full personhood at every turn. Resist and Persist reframes the challenges to women's equality in light of our current culture and political climate, providing a new language of resistance that can free women and men from the pernicious power of patriarchy.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Jesus was a feminist," writes Wathen (More than Words), senior pastor at Saint Andrew Christian Church, in this wonderful book about the many ways patriarchal Christianity affects women's lives. "The Jerry Falwell set are clutching their pearls right about now," she adds, with the same wry humor that permeates this intellectually hefty, unflinching critique of everything patriarchal, including the health policies of Mike Pence and misogynistic Bible passages. Wathen is frank in her assessments of the deep-set problems that she sees patriarchy causing in women's lives-pitting women against women, creating "pink ghettos" (isolated women's groups) within church communities, and combining with racism to further divide women who should be relying on one another. Wathen looks at society and Christianity through a feminist and antiracist lens, mounting powerful arguments about why it's essential to raise boys as feminists and how social media can be especially dangerous for women. Each of Wathen's chapters ends with a set of questions for discussion, a helpful tool for teachers and professors. This trenchant book is a much-needed manifesto for 21st-century Christian feminism. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.