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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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What Christians Can Learn from the Legacy of Nora Ephron

June 28, 2012 10:10 AM

I first introduced my husband to one of my all-time favorite films one hot August night in Belize. An unlikely introduction, but we were staying in a hotel whose only air-conditioned area was the media room. I was on what...

Laughing at the Sexual Abuse of Boys?

June 15, 2012 8:43 AM

In recent days, I have twice seen a television trailer for That’s My Boy, a new movie featuring the dubious pairing of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, both of Saturday Night Live fame. Embedded in the storyline is the premise...

Cashing In on Breast Cancer: A Review of 'Pink Ribbons, Inc.'

June 1, 2012 8:24 AM

Last month, walking down a busy city street, I saw a woman wearing a black shirt with shiny pink cursive on it. I assumed it was a breast cancer awareness shirt, and indeed it was. But after making that assumption,...

Kirk Cameron's 'Monumental' Task

April 11, 2012 8:23 AM

There’s a story about a small band of 19th-century pioneers crossing the Mojave Desert to earn their fortune in the promised land of California. Unprepared for the Mojave's harsh, arid climate and deceived by length of a desert mile, they...

Hungry for the Hunger Games: Why We Need Dystopian Tales

March 22, 2012 8:31 AM

This weekend, Americans will finally find out whether the newest young-adult-book-turned-movie lives up to the fanfare. Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy attained vast popularity before the movie, and the addition of young, sexy Hollywood has only increased the mania. Without...

Confessions of a Male Feminist

March 19, 2012 8:54 AM

I have failed most all the women in my life. Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those essays. By most of the world’s accounting, I’ve treated women well. I’ve been a loyal friend and fiercely devoted husband to one woman...

'Miss Representation': How the Media Harms Both Women and Men

January 13, 2012 10:05 AM

It’s generally accepted (though not always acknowledged) that women are poorly portrayed in media. Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom is particularly aware of this; when she first started pursuing an acting career at 28, an agent told her to lie about...

Domestic Abuse: Coming to a Church Near You

October 11, 2010 11:40 AM

“How long am I to remain in this relationship?” This is the haunting question 65-year-old Glenda Crosley asks in the documentary Sin by Silence, about the abusive husband she killed in 1986. She has been in prison for as long...

'Eat, Pray, Love' Book Club

July 9, 2010 10:00 AM

I have been attending a book club in recent months, even though it makes me feel a bit like a soccer mom who will do anything (including reading books I don’t want to read) to socialize over ideas and...

Art That Reveals Our Need for Grace

April 16, 2010 9:21 AM

After seeing an advertisement for the 8th Annual Garden State Film Festival on Twitter, I requested a press pass, thinking I might screen an inspiring film or two that I could recommend to Her.meneutics readers. The festival director suggested Newt...

A Failed 'Date Night'

April 15, 2010 8:44 AM

Out of habit, I still watch Tina Fey in 30 Rock and Steve Carell in The Office every week, even though I do not particularly like the shows anymore. Both started out as a fresh, humorous takes on usual suspects,...

A Walk to Beautiful: A Must-See Film

January 29, 2010 10:44 AM

When a woman endures prolonged labor while giving birth, her bladder or rectal tissue rips or tears, forming a fistula, a hole between her birth passage and internal organs. A simple surgery costing $300 can fix the problem, but...

Disney Croaks with Newest Princess Film

January 12, 2010 10:06 AM

When CT editor Sarah Pulliam Bailey e-mailed Her.meneutics bloggers to ask if anyone would be interested in reviewing The Princess and the Frog, Disney's newest princess film and the first to feature an African American lead, I wrote back right...

Consider the Vampire

December 23, 2009 11:05 AM

Last week I found myself trying to explain the Twilight phenomenon — the books, the movies, Stephenie Meyer, and Robert Pattinson — to coworkers over lunch. It seems the whole thing can be summed up in one word: obsession. Bella...

Should Christians See 'Precious'?

December 4, 2009 4:00 PM

After reading Camerin Courtney’s 3½-star review of Precious for Christianity Today Movies, I knew I wanted to see the film. Well, kind of. Alongside other reviewers, Courtney made it clear that the film — about an obese, illiterate African American...

Where Someone Loves Us Most of All

October 23, 2009 11:11 AM

Every night while I was growing up ended just the same. "Mommy loves you, Daddy loves you, and Jesus loves you most of all," my mom would say as she tucked me into bed. The ritual was a reminder,...

Redeeming Roman Polanski

October 2, 2009 8:46 AM

Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested on a 32-year-old charge of statutory rape, which he pled guilty to in 1977 before fleeing the country. Now, while Polanski fights extradition, Hollywood rallies for his freedom, and news sources turn it...

2D Love and Lars and the Real Girl

July 30, 2009 9:53 AM

Falling in love with caricatures of girls and women, such as blow-up dolls or pillows imprinted with female characters, is still on the margins of Western culture, but it's getting noted enough to merit a recent New York Times Magazine...

Harry Potter and the Vampire Battle

July 15, 2009 11:27 AM

No, I'm not talking about Severus Snape and his vampiric qualities. Last night's midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest installment in the blockbuster book-movie franchise, brought with it comparisons to another teen fantasy phenomenon, Stephenie...

Stuff, the Sleeper Hit

May 13, 2009 4:24 PM

A year and a half ago, Annie Leonard released The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute video about the dangers of over-consumption. It "has become a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation," Leslie Kaufman wrote in Sunday's New York Times:...


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