This week in God and Gender:
A San Diego Catholic congregation ordained a female pastor. More power to them!
Information from the TransGriot on an upcoming October TransFaith in Color Summit in Culver City, CA.
Also via the TransGriot, sobering reminders that transphobia kills people: yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the death of Tyra Hunter due to medical transphobia. Last Thursday would have been Angie Zapata’s 21st birthday.
Heteronormativity kills, too: A 17 month old boy was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend for “acting like a girl.” Heart-wrenching, difficult article to read, but important.
Ta-Nehisi Coates on why abortion is not comparable to black slavery: “This is not a matter of being pro-choice or pro-life. This is a matter of living in a country that is more fascinated with the machinations of Stonewall Jackson, than Sojourner Truth. One reason that black people grimace at invocations of their history to justify the struggle du jour, is because, very often, the invokers really don’t know what the fuck they are talking about. Put bluntly they have no deep knowledge of the black struggle, and are not seeking any. For them, black history is a rhetorical device, employed to pummel their ideological foes, and then promptly discarded for more appropriate instruments.”
Anne Rice discusses her decision to leave Christianity: “It’s a matter of rejecting what I’ve discovered about the persecution of gays, the persecution and oppression of women and the actions of the churches on many different levels . . . all of this finally created a pressure in me, a kind of confusion, a toxic anger at times, and I felt I had to step aside.”
From No Quivering,When Bad Things Happen to Quiverfull Moms – A sad example of how common dissociation (especially psychological numbing and disengagement) is as a coping mechanism for suffering and abuse in these communities. AKA, how a quiverfull mom excuses having no running water, a smoke-filled living room, a freezing family, and a first floor that’s flooded for months, all because her irresponsible husband refuses to fulfill his responsibilities to the family that he’s forced into a prairie frontier lifestyle.
Some international news, via AWH reader Jordan: A Malaysian state is to allow Muslim girls under the age of consent of 16 years to wed in a bid to stem unwed pregnancies, angering the country’s women’s activists and politicians.