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Pentecost Reminds Us that White Men Are a Demographic…and They’re Not Happy about It

May 30, 2012

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The Census Bureau recently reported that in 2011 a majority of children born were non-white. Actually, in the words of a Census Bureau employee, “2011 is the first time the population of infants under age 1 is majority minority.” This news has been met with both fear and celebration, yet the way in which the […]

Why are Influential Men Afraid of Marriage Equality? “Because Their Marriages Don’t Exist,” Says Genesis 2 (paraphrase)

May 22, 2012

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Perhaps its because they have something to hide? Earlier this month, following North Carolina’s successful passing of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a Raleigh pastor lauded his state for taking a stand in support of “a biblical model of marriage.” Of course, this language is not new to this debate and raises the question, […]

Property, BMW’s, and John 17: Masculinities and Ownership (part 2)

May 17, 2012

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In my previous post I discussed issues of ownership in masculinities. The excerpt from Michael Ian Black’s book aided my discussion of some ways in which gender identity is constructed by ownership of things. Broadly, I presented ownership as a relationship in which the owner is defined both by the type of possession and the way in […]

Property, BMW’s, and John 17: Masculinities and Ownership (part 1)

May 15, 2012

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American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money” program recently aired an audio essay written and narrated by comedian Michael Ian Black. During this exposé, Black tells us about his experience buying and owning a brand new BMW. Interestingly, he also makes clear that his decision to purchase this car was based in large part on his own […]

Why Biblical Masculinities

May 8, 2012

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Gender informs our context. Certainly, it is not the only thing that does; we are complex beings. We understand our world through many different lenses—religion, race, economics, family, the media—and these lenses are more or less impossible to separate from one another. Because each person comes from such a unique context it makes sense that the way they read books or articles, interact online, or understand movies and TV shows will also be unique. Being one of these lenses through which people in our world construct their identity, gender has also become an important point of discussion in the public realm. Furthermore, as a piece of public discourse, perhaps more so in Christian communities, the Bible is a point where these conversations surrounding gender take place. Indeed, our own identities play a role in the way Christians understand sacred texts.