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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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Primetime Pregnancy: Why We Need Birthing Films

September 19, 2012 10:04 AM

Candice, a regular Her.meneutics reader, wrote to me recently in response to this post, asking what I thought about women sharing their photos and videos of giving birth. Another Christian website had called this practice “immodest”; Candice, who is...

Why You Could Be in a 'Sh*tuff People Say' Meme

February 13, 2012 8:50 AM

Have you seen Into the Woods? The musical, written by Stephen Sondheim, opened on Broadway in 1987 and has been produced uncountable times since then. The play weaves together the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame),...

A Facebook Skeptic? News Flash: You Are in Control

January 3, 2012 8:57 AM

Okay, I get it: Facebook is not for everybody. I hear complaints all the time about privacy settings. I also frequently hear the groans from people who have never tried Facebook or get pushback from church leaders, older folks, and...

Why Women Are Obsessed with Pinterest

November 30, 2011 10:10 AM

“Men are more visual than women.” It’s a refrain we’ve all heard to explain the differences between men's and women's sexuality. If you want proof of the contrary, look no further than Pinterest. What is Pinterest? TechCrunch describes it as...

Taming the Twitter Tongue

August 16, 2011 10:27 AM

Ever since I was little, God has been teaching me the same lesson over and over again. My growth has been slow and nearly imperceptible at times, but God has not flagged in his insistence that I learn to tame...

Why I Don't Keep a Mommy Blog

January 21, 2011 9:19 AM

Both my husband’s grandma and mine were short women named Charlotte who played piano and sang. They lived and died on opposite coasts, mine in New York, his in California. His was plump, old-fashioned, devout, taught toddler Sunday school, and...

Virtual Flirting Comes to Christian Colleges

December 8, 2010 9:14 AM

A few weeks ago, a student at Cedarville University tipped me off to the latest craze to hit college campuses: LikeaLittle.com. She only half-jokingly ended her e-mail to me with the warning to “creep with care.” LikeaLittle is a new...

'Hallelujah' Comes to the Food Court

December 3, 2010 11:00 AM

Bored mall shoppers eat in a food court that could be anywhere in North America. Innocuous holiday music plays in the background. Suddenly, a woman poking at her fast-food tray, cell phone held to her ear, stands up and begins...

Wired Magazine's Women Problem

November 30, 2010 11:06 AM

Perhaps you’ve seen some of the controversy around the December cover of Wired magazine. The cover is a close-up image of a pair of Caucasian breasts, referencing the cover story about a new bio-technology that allows women to grow more...

Why I Boycotted Amazon This Week

November 12, 2010 11:01 AM

I jumped on a bandwagon Wednesday. I was one of the thousands who tweeted out against Amazon.com’s decision to carry on its Kindle store the e-book The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct. According to...

Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and a Young Man's Death

October 12, 2010 10:20 AM

In 1998 while working as a reporter in Oregon, I wrote about the rising trend toward younger, more violent criminal offenders. "We've been warned that we are going to be dealing with a whole generation of kids without a conscience,"...

ChristWire and Good Satire

September 9, 2010 10:51 AM

I first learned of the website ChristWire from a Facebook friend who linked to a much-read post that lists questions for wives to answer if they think their husbands might be gay. My friend asked whether anyone knew if the...

Avoiding Old Flames on Facebook

August 30, 2010 9:40 AM

Toward the end of spring semester, I set a box labeled “I Always Wanted to Ask” on the table at the front of my class. I invited students to write down lingering questions about sex and gender, the subject of...

Seeking a Spouse? Lighten Up

August 2, 2010 4:22 PM

If a recent New York Times piece is to be believed, the latest trend in dating is a spin on the calling card, delivered to attractive strangers, with instructions on where to find the bearer online. Religious communities have often...

Following Christ at a Porn Convention

July 14, 2010 9:10 AM

Editors' Note: This post has been removed at the request of the author....

Q+A: Selling Girls on Craigslist

June 22, 2010 9:39 AM

On Saturday night I attended a dinner party in Laguna. A guest seated next to me pulled out a snazzy looking camera, and raved about how he got it for a steal on Craigslist. In the car, I asked my...

iHave an iPad, But at What Cost?

April 12, 2010 8:39 AM

We don’t watch much television in our household, but my husband and I both find ourselves wed to the computer. I was looking through a photo album with our daughter last week, and we came across one from her infancy....

Minnesota Man Arrested for Prostituting Wife

March 29, 2010 12:02 PM

A Rockford, Minnesota, man was arrested in Chicago two weeks ago for prostituting his wife using Craigslist, transporting her in a van to hotels in eight states and threatening to take away their 3-year-old daughter should she not comply. Clinton...

Holiday Generosity: Now a Click Away

December 3, 2009 11:06 AM

I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they also make shopping much, much easier. And it's nice to know that if I pay attention to the lists, gift recipients won't...

I Have a Confession to Make

November 20, 2009 9:45 AM

In support of her latest novel, Daisy Chain, Christian author Mary DeMuth launched Family Secrets, a website where users can anonymously confess their secrets to an online audience. DeMuth writes, "In Daisy Chain, many characters harbor secrets, but only a...

Are We Obsessed with 'Cute'?

November 9, 2009 11:51 AM

Irresistible cuteness, in pictures and videos online, is overwhelming America, says Jim Windolf in December’s Vanity Fair. Office workers gather around YouTube videos of toddler antics, the Mini-Cooper has been out-cuted by the Smart Car, and the website Cute Overload...

Addicted…to Facebook

October 22, 2009 10:12 AM

Updating their status. Posting pictures. Checking out the news feeds of their friends. It’s all in a day’s work for today’s college students. One-third of Christian college students spend 1-2 hours a day on Facebook, according to a new study...

Dancing Down the Aisle

July 28, 2009 3:58 PM

If you haven't seen "Jill and Kevin's Wedding Entrance," the video that's shown up all over the Internet since late last week, I recommend you watch it now. It's five minutes of pure joy as the St. Paul, Minnesota, couple...

Neda: More Than Her Death

June 24, 2009 9:00 AM

An e-mail sent to me from a friend in Iran was posted on the Facebook wall of German chancellor Angela Merkel after I tweeted a link to the e-mail, which I had, with permission, posted on my blog. Got that?...

When a Pro-Life Blogger Goes Too Far

June 18, 2009 9:25 AM

Last Sunday night, a popular pro-life blogger known as "April's Mom" or "B" posted the tragic news: Her newborn daughter, whom she had carried to term though diagnosed with a terminal case of Trisomy 13 and HPE, had died...

Redeeming Twitter

June 17, 2009 8:57 AM

The U.S. State Department asks Twitter to delay maintenance plans for the weekend so Iranians voting in Friday's election can communicate instantly, and defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi uses Twitter to organize protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The FBI tracks Twitter...

Q+A: Kaffie McCullough on Craigslist

May 14, 2009 9:33 AM

The same feature that has made Craigslist so popular - namely, unlimited free advertising - has brought the decade-old website under heavy criticism for providing unmonitored forums for prostitution in its 570 city hubs. After several state representatives met with...

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:...

Blog Comments and Christian Courtesy

April 21, 2009 4:53 PM

When my children learned to talk, they began evaluating my cooking. Their commentary involved words like "I hate fish," "Don't make me eat that," and the all-purpose "Yuck." After a year or two of this, we decided it was time...

eHarmony Launches Gay Dating Site

March 31, 2009 2:32 PM

Online dating site eHarmony launched a version of its match-making service for homosexual couples Tuesday in response to a settlement late last year. The company agreed to launch Compatible Partners after a user had filed a complaint against eHarmony, citing...

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