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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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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...

Why 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Is Hurting Women

January 4, 2012 9:17 AM

My first encounter with Lisbeth Salander was a Facebook status. In case you’ve been under a rock for a while, Salander is the heroine of the new film based on the New York Times best-selling novel The Girl with the...

'Sex + Money': The Domestic Side of a Global Problem

November 4, 2011 9:13 AM

What struck me the most about the film Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth, which screened at Portland State University this month, is how young. Thirteen- and fourteen-year olds, and some as young as eleven, being led...

Watching 'The Help' as an African American Woman

August 11, 2011 11:03 AM

“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it doesn’t disturb anyone else.” That’s the writing advice given to Skeeter, the only single white female and college graduate among her well-to-do white girlfriends who are all married with children. In the...

'Bridesmaids,' Marriage, and Real Happiness

July 22, 2011 9:35 AM

Movies have taught me a few valuable lessons. There may be a train platform in between numbers 9 and 10 in London’s King’s Cross Station. If two men are fighting for your attention, and one is very pale and the...

A Horror Film about Childbirth

May 24, 2011 11:19 AM

You could say I'm passionate about birth. I delivered both my children without medication (the second was a water birth) and am trained as a doula. While I'm aware that situations arise that require intervention, even surgery, to keep mother...

The King's Speech and Doulas

March 10, 2011 9:03 AM

Turns out that Lionel Logue, the speech therapist to King George VI, played beautifully by Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, had no formal training in speech therapy, or any kind of therapy, in fact. So what did he have?...

The Social Network's Women Problem

February 25, 2011 10:25 AM

The Social Network is a Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and one of the most acclaimed films of 2010. The story of how Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook is a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar this Sunday night, and...

'Tangled,' Kate Middleton, and Modern Princesses

December 10, 2010 10:33 AM

It's a case of ironic timing: while media are enthralled by the prospect of another royal wedding, the Los Angeles Times reports that Disney's newest animated feature, Tangled, marks the end of its fairy tale era. (Disney countered that “the...

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 Discussion

August 12, 2010 8:15 AM

After finally reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s enormously popular 2006 memoir, Eat Pray Love, I could write an entire review about any one of these observations: (1) The story embodies everything wrong with bourgeois Western spirituality: it’s self-centered, consumerist, and privileged without...

The Friendless, Voiceless Disney Princess

August 6, 2010 8:45 AM

Take a moment to think of the last movie you saw. Did it have: (1)   Two women with names (2)   who had a conversation (3)   about something other than a man? If so, it passes the three-point Bechdel Test, named...

Why I Can't Boycott Mel Gibson

July 22, 2010 9:37 AM

From Arizona’s controversial immigration law to Mel Gibson’s recorded rants, I’ve heard a lot about boycotts lately — and I can’t get over who’s encouraging them. For me, boycotts conjure up my childhood, when trips to K-mart were rare because...

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,...

Are Chick Flicks 'Emotional Porn'?

March 5, 2010 9:34 AM

Nick Waters is your average Christian man who, in pursuit of becoming a better husband and person, did what some may consider extraordinary: he watched 30 chick flicks in 30 days. His blog project, which has picked up national media...

Dr. Grace Augustine: Avatar's Christian Character?

January 18, 2010 9:31 AM

James Cameron, writer and director of Avatar and winner last night of the Golden Globe for Best Director, does not score points for subtlety. The guns are big and loud. The love story is predictable. And the names? There’s unobtanium,...

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...

'The Blind Side' Reaches Across Class and Race

November 30, 2009 9:33 AM

I look for redemption in stories, knowing full well that most stories fall short of portraying it perfectly. The Blind Side, a film based on a true story about a wealthy Tennessee couple who takes in a black teen from...

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,...

The Horrors of Orphan

August 5, 2009 8:40 AM

If nothing else, the latest box office horror flick has people talking. In Orphan, 12-year-old Isabelle Fuhrman plays the eponymous Esther, who is adopted by John and Kate Coleman (Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga) after their third child is stillborn....

Am I My Sister's Keeper?

June 26, 2009 9:06 AM

My Sister's Keeper, director Nick Cassavetes' (The Notebook) new weeper film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, releases today. Fans of the original 2004 Jodi Picoult novel may be expecting a cinematic exploration of the ethical ramifications of PIDG (pre-implantation...

Up Takes Disney Higher

June 3, 2009 11:00 AM

It's not shocking that Disney would create yet another film that features a child without a mommy and daddy, but Pixar's 10th feature film, Up, still manages to play on strong themes of marriage and fatherhood. Released last Friday, it...

Humans in Creation: Another View

April 29, 2009 8:41 AM

Earth Day came and went last week, represented on Her.meneutics with a flurry of commenters responding to Kay Warren's piece, "Puppies Aren't People." On the same day, DisneyNature released Earth, a film blending spectacular beauty, heart-warming scenes of animal families,...


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