Browsing All posts tagged under »sex«

Gun-Toting Masculinities: Changing the Conversation in the Wake of Terror

April 25, 2013


On a story lost in the busyness of last week’s news out of Boston: Each senator, when he or she voted on April 17th’s gun control bill, had the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy in mind. With family members of those who died in the shooting lobbying congress in the days and weeks before […]

A Phallic Failure

July 22, 2012


Conservative biblical scholar Mike Bird recently blogged a response to Doug Wilson’s quote on sexuality (written in a book thirteen years ago and cited recently by Jared Wilson): When we quarrel with the way the world is, we find that the world has ways of getting back at us. In other words, however we try, the […]

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

May 22, 2012


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


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


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


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.