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The Christianity Today women’s blog provides news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women. We cover news stories and books related to international justice and evangelism, pregnancy and sexual ethics, marriage, parenting, and celibacy, pop culture, health and body image, raising girls, and women in the church and parachurch.

Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

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The Soul of Your Soles: Why Women Love Shoes

July 10, 2012 9:41 AM

Oxfords, Docs, Converse, crocs. Peep toes, pumps, Mary Janes, clogs. Jellies, Wellies, Combats, Chucks. Manolos, Maddens, Sandals, stilettos. Kitten heels, mules, Birks and wedges. A new study reveals that our soles are the window to our souls; these tongues do...

Why the Bodily Resurrection Matters—Especially to Women

June 27, 2012 9:23 AM

A few months ago I spoke to a women’s ministry about the importance of theology for women in the church. The event went well, and the women peppered me with many challenging questions. However, I was a little unprepared for...

Disability Is Beautiful: How the Gospel Changes the Way We See

June 18, 2012 9:02 AM

Rick Guidotti had been trained to see and capture a very particular standard of physical beauty. But walking down New York City’s Park Avenue one day, the fashion photographer spotted a girl with albinism. Though her fair skin and white...

Porn, Raquel Welch, and the Power of Our Sexual Imagination

April 17, 2012 8:49 AM

In a recent interview with Men’s Health, aging actress Raquel Welch criticized Internet porn for ruining men: “Do they know how to negotiate something that isn’t pre-fab and injected directly into their brain?” she asked. “Nobody remembers what it’s like...

Shaming Children for Eating Snacks: How Not to Fight Childhood Obesity

April 4, 2012 8:47 AM

Manhattan socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss’s essay in the April issue of Vogue touched off yet another Internet skirmish, part mommy war, part diet war, with cries of child abuse, accusations involving recipes for eating disorders, and of course, the inevitable book...

Is It a Sin to Look Your Age?

March 26, 2012 8:37 AM

One of my pastors was preaching from Genesis 12, and he came to the part of the story where Abram and his wife Sarai head to Egypt during a time of famine. The account highlights the cowardly moment when the...

'Am I Pretty?': A Troubling Question among Christian Women Like Me

March 9, 2012 8:52 AM

“Do I look pregnant, or do I look fat?” I hate to say it, but this question has become an almost daily occurrence in my household. Ever since I entered that dreaded in-between phase of pregnancy when your belly is...

Tattooed Barbie: You’ve Come a Long Way!

October 27, 2011 8:57 AM

A new limited-edition Barbie is raising eyebrows with her punky pink bob and smattering of tattoos. Barbie has had tattoos before, but those were of the temporary butterfly variety and thus decidedly less hardcore. The mild uproar this doll has...

Christ and My Curly Hair

August 30, 2011 10:30 AM

This spring, a friend asked me to accompany her to Africa to document the labors of a nonprofit working in microfinance. She told me we’d be traveling to a number of remote villages to complete our assignment. Instead of a...

Photoshop, Patriarchy, and Protection of the Vulnerable

August 3, 2011 9:24 AM

“That’s not real, right?” As a friend and I walked through downtown Manhattan, a bus wrapped in an ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model — who was at once alarmingly taut and seductively squishy in all the right places —...

Should Christians Pursue External Beauty?

June 24, 2011 2:32 PM

Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty's self and beauty's giver. (Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo.”) “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” That's the title of a recent...

A Sketchy Ad from Skechers Shape-Ups

May 20, 2011 11:05 AM

A new ad campaign by Skechers takes its popular Shape-Up sneaker and markets it to girls. Skechers' line of “Shape-Up” sneakers was originally targeted solely to women but now includes men’s and girls' versions. It promises to burn calories, improve...

Why Barbie Needs Ken After All

February 15, 2011 10:23 AM

The saga of Barbie and Ken isn't exactly the Song of Solomon. For one thing, the Mattel match is made of plastic. For another, Mattel probably doesn't mean for the couple to teach us a lesson about God's prevailing love....

Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, and Jesus

July 2, 2010 11:21 AM

Christian women aren’t supposed to have body image issues. Have you ever thought that? Perhaps quietly, to yourself, while looking in the mirror before walking out the door to church. In her new book, Unsqueezed: Springing Free From Skinny Jeans,...

Cosmetic Surgery to the Glory of God?

April 7, 2010 9:00 AM

I’d never thought much about plastic surgery until 28 years ago, when my then 2-year-old son bit through an extension cord and burnt his mouth. Even though we had no insurance, my husband and I found a plastic surgeon who...

Is it a Sin to Nip and Tuck?

June 2, 2009 9:33 AM

"Beauty often wins love. It just does," write Karen Lee-Thorp and Cynthia Hicks in Why Beauty Matters. No wonder women and, increasingly, men are willing to endure the pain and risk of elective cosmetic surgery to attain it. New York...

A Weighty Issue

May 15, 2009 11:35 AM

Years of women being taught to develop a positive body image may actually be hurting them. A recent study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology surveyed 81 Philadelphia-area women who fell along all points on the body mass...

Miss CA Becomes Ad Spokeswoman for Traditional Marriage

May 1, 2009 8:17 AM

Carrie Prejean, praised by conservative Christian groups for her statement on same-sex marriage in the Miss USA beauty pageant, is appearing in a TV ad for the National Organization for Marriage, a Philadelphia nonprofit led by Maggie Gallagher and Princeton...


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