About

Are Women Human? is a blog about issues of gender and sexuality in Christian communities, and broader social justice issues in the church.  AWH? exists to create greater awareness about the oppression of marginalized groups in Christian churches, provide a safe space where people can safely discuss their experiences in the church, and be a voice for greater equality and justice in the church.

AWH? is run by Tope Fadiran (better known as Grace or T.F. Charlton to readers), a former evangelical Christian, recovering academic, spouse, and parent. She’s also a writer and commentator on media and culture from a black, Nigerian American, queer feminist perspective. Say hi to her on Twitter at @graceishuman or get in touch via email at tope[DOT]fadiran [AT] gmail.

KiriAmaya is a former evangelical, atheist, disabled trans woman and a contributor to AWH. She hopes to use her experience and insight into evangelicalism to bring a new perspective to this blog, to push back against anti-queer abuse, and to give help and support to those hurt by and recovering from it. Kiri also blogs at Kiri 4.0.

 

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19 Comments

  1. I like this site. More, please.

    -arvan

  2. Hello, Grace —

    My wife Lucy is a quiet follower of your blog and has told me about you several times. She and I attended an SGM for about 4 months in 2009. We had a bizarre, hurtful scenario happen while we were there and we now have a blog that details our very weird time at SGM. I thought perhaps you’d be interested so I wanted to invite you to come over and read if you’re so inclined. (It’s a long story, but Lucy is a writer, so I’d like to believe you won’t be bored.) If you click on the link, you’ll need to go to the “our sgm story” label at the top of the page to follow it chronologically. (There are newer posts on the main page, but the label has the main story told in order.) Anyway, thanks for what you do here. Keep it up.

    • Hi Henry! Thanks for the comment and for the encouragement :) I have read your story. It’s definitely a bizarre saga! It’s kind of amazing. I’ve been thinking lately about how Sovereign Grace “pursues” [harangues] people over offenses so small as to often be nonexistence – like Lucy writing on her personal, anonymous blog – but hand waves and waffles over hugely significant offenses like blackmail, covering up abuse and assault, and abusive leadership. Unbelievable.

  3. Read some of the blog entries. Great job! I had a boyfriend that attended Mars Hill in Seattle and so I have heard many a Mark Driscoll sermon. Unfortunately.

    • Melanie – thanks for the comment and welcome to the blog! I can imagine that hearing Driscoll’s preaching on a regular basis would be an uncomfortable experience. I find it difficult to listen to him for more than a few minutes at a time. Bleh!

  4. It was great to see you and hear you speak at the Unite Against the War on Women rally in Boston recently. Thank you so much for our clarity, power, dedication and wisdom in dealing with these fundamental issues and social dynamics. Your voice is so key to the liberation of people everywhere. Thank you. Barka. Asante sana. Jerejef.

  5. Hey, I found your blog via Kate Elliott. Very interesting stuff. I teach the history of the Early Church. I have a blog entry that might interest you both:

    http://awomanscholar.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-early-church-redefined-marriage.html

  6. inquisitive bibliophile says:

    I got here from an article on Feministing.com, and I’m excited to dig into the archives and read some interesting pieces. I’ve been trying to reconcile my identity as both a feminist and a believer in God and I feel like the information connecting the two is more scarce than if I were to search out texts on feminism alone. So thank you in advance for the time and effort that goes into maintaining this blog.

    • Welcome :) The fact that there were so few conversations about feminism and religion (at least, that I could find) is the main reason I started AWH…to create a space for the conversations I wanted to be a part of but didn’t see happening. So it’s always such a thrill when other people want to be part of that conversation as well and find that this blog speaks to that. I’m glad you found the blog and hope you’ll join the conversation in the comments :)

  7. Just wanted to say this blog is great. I found it by following @graceishuman on twitter.

    There aren’t enough feminists who even pretend to give a fuck about trans people, let alone have genuine respect. Thank you!

  8. This is a fantastic blog. Can’t wait for more!

  9. Cool, yo~ I dig it.

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  11. I found your blog via Janet Mock’s twitter. As a Nigerian feminist, I’m delightfully surprised to find a feminist blog written from a a queer Nigerian perspective. I really enjoy reading your essays, it gives voice to a perspective I so rarely (more like never) see in the feminist blogosphere.

  12. Just commenting to subscribe to your blog. I really like what I’ve read so far!