Category: Gender

Gender Identity in Youth Ministry

I’m excited to share a new resource on gender identity for youth ministers.  Check out the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry Engage blog. In this issue of Engage,  I join with other scholars, ministers, parents, and advocates to consider the impact of gender on the faith lives of youth.  The series...

School Dress Codes and Gender/Sexuality Bias

I have always struggled with what to do when it comes to rules about dress codes.  Whether that was when I was working in state-based juvenile facilities that required girls to wear over-sized, donated men’s t-shirts to “cover up” and not distract the boys or in youth group banning...

Youth Ministry Resource: Talking about Gender and Sexuality

I’m very proud and honored to share my videos from the Youth Ministry Initiative at Yale Divinity School. On two different occasions we recorded short clips that address a wide variety of issues related to sexuality and gender in the context of Christian youth ministry....

Stephen Colbert is an Ask-able Adult

Many sexuality educators emphasize to parents and other care-givers that kids need “ask-able” adults. Hopefully as parents many of us are working toward being an ask-able adult that our child can turn to with difficult, embarrassing or even mundane questions. As a faith-based sexuality educator and parent, I have...

Internet, Endless Memory and the Practice of Forgiveness

When the Internet never forgets, the practice of forgiveness is all the more important. In response to the ubiquity of the Internet and its incomparable ability to remember, a recent European Union Court ruled in favor of a man who requested that Google remove references to a financial issue he had...

What about boys?

As a sexuality education and feminist ethicist, I am often asked why I spend so much time talking about girls empowerment.  First, I think that is a false statement.  When parents, students, Christian educators, and so on hear me talking about gender equity, they often assume it is only...

Be Bossy or #BanBossy

   Lately, it seems the news is plagued by stories of sexism and violence related to young women and girls globablly and in the U.S.     While I think we all need to express collective outrage at such blatant and systemic acts of gender-based oppression and violence, we...

Practice Erotic Attunement for St. Valentine’s Day

Reposted from www.fsrinc.org/blog Valentine’s Day has been civilized and capitalized, hallmarked and disneyfied, all in an attempt to clean up love and signify sexuality into a compartmentalized relationship standard, tied nicely with an over romanticized bow. As a cradle Catholic, the veneration of saints has been part of my...

Living our Baptismal Call: Talking Taboo to Promote Healthy Sexuality

Reposted from Young Adult Catholics, Call to Action Sex, sexuality, gender, sexual pleasure, sexual orientation . . . that’s not something “good” Catholics, especially women, ought to talk about. As a teen, everything I knew about the topic was hearsay (or should I say, heresy). I grew up attending...

Men Do Laundry Too!

When it comes to advertising, it’s difficult to know whether the content is reflecting society or shaping it.  In many ways, I think it is a delicate balance of both.  A Tide commercial which many of you may have already seen has caught my attention time and again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCYwAOCLiTA...