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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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Why We Love, and Hate, 'Honey Boo Boo'

August 23, 2012 9:34 AM

Perusing magazines in the grocery checkout line recently, screaming headlines promised all the gritty details about: (1) The Secretary of State “dirty dancing” with another woman; (2) Reality show Teen Moms “star” admits to drug abuse in a “tell...

The Religion of The Bachelorette and Reality TV: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

July 23, 2012 8:40 AM

Bachelorette Emily Maynard chose her man in last night’s finale of the popular reality television show. Millions of viewers wanting a beautiful love story watched the season in which 25 eligible men wined, dined, and romanced Maynard who, interestingly,...

Born This Way? The Moral Universe of 'Glee'

May 23, 2012 8:26 AM

Growing up, our weekly family movie nights always starred the same nimble-footed, velvety-voiced stars — Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney — and the musical genre danced its way straight into my heart. So it’s no...

HBO’s Girls and Today’s Emerging Adult Women

May 7, 2012 8:28 AM

Last summer, my best friends and I heaved a collective sigh of relief upon turning 30. How good it is, we admitted, to leave the restless, agitated wanderings of our 20s and begin to settle into adulthood.Thirty, we exhaled, for...

Mourning the Death of Family-Friendly TV

April 5, 2012 8:34 AM

It was an opportunity I had dreamed of my entire teenage life. I would stand on a football field, albeit with hundreds of other teenagers, and sing on national television alongside Reba McEntire. Any aspiring singer would jump at the...

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...

Fractured Fairy Tale: The Appeal and the Danger of 'Once Upon a Time'

February 17, 2012 8:41 AM

ABC’s big surprise hit this year doesn’t feature lawyers, police officers, doctors, or any other primetime staples. It features princesses, imps, talking crickets, magic mirrors, and an evil queen. Once Upon a Time has consistently scored high in the ratings...

The Power of Choice in 'Downton Abbey'

February 8, 2012 10:22 AM

On the last episode of the wildly popular PBS drama Downton Abbey, one character tells another: "You've broken the rules, my girl, and it's no use pretending they're easily mended." The popular British import, set in World War I, portrays...

'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...

A Word to Michelle Duggar's Critics: What it Means to Publicly Grieve a Miscarriage

December 15, 2011 1:00 PM

I’ll just say it: I’m inclined to criticize the Duggars. Yes, a part of me wants to respect their right to have “as many children as God gives” them. But I also have real concerns about their choices. I’m concerned...

How to Respond to Our All-American Muslim Neighbors

December 13, 2011 4:39 PM

Lowe’s national retail chain, following a conservative Christian group's call for businesses to boycott advertising on a new TLC reality show about Muslims, pulled its advertisements from All-American Muslim. The Florida Family Association (FFA) claims the series, which follows five...

The God of Awkward Virgins

December 7, 2011 10:41 AM

Watching clips from the new TLC series The Virgin Diaries, which debuted Sunday, is a bit like seeing Borat, The Yes Men, or another feature-length “you’ve been had” films. The show profiles virgins in their late 20s and 30s, most...

Why My Kids (Mostly) Don't Watch TV

November 10, 2011 10:21 AM

When my boys (now 3.5 and 6) were very small, they rarely watched videos. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents not to allow any screen time for children under age 2. Last month, the academy reaffirmed its...

Chaz Bono Brings Transgender Issues to TV

September 19, 2011 5:53 PM

After ABC announced the newest lineup for Dancing with the Stars(DWTS), many were taken aback by the backlash of comments about contestant Chaz Bono. Formerly Chastity Bono, Chaz is the first transgender competitor on the show, which is also what...

The Battle for Bert and Ernie

August 16, 2011 4:24 PM

When I was 4, our local PBS station gave away stuffed Ernie dolls as part of its pledge drive. As soon as I saw the announcement, I did exactly as WTTW hoped I would: I ran to the other room...

The Happy Death of Soap Operas

May 10, 2011 9:23 AM

When, last month, ABC executives announced the cancellation of two of their network’s soap operas, devout fans of All My Children and One Life to Live panicked. They signed petitions and threatened to boycott ABC if the decision was not...

Sex Sells - So Does Virginity

April 27, 2011 8:56 AM

In February I reviewed Peggy Orenstein's new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. The book takes a hard look at the culture that imposes itself on our nation’s daughters, and challenges...

How I Learned to Love a Show about Mormon Polygamy

March 22, 2011 11:02 AM

Years before TLC launched its polygamous reality show Sister Wives, Tom Hanks and company produced HBO’s award-winning drama series Big Love, about a family of polygamists who emerged out of a creepy Mormon splinter group. I’ve watched all five seasons...

Carla Barnhill, America's Next Advice Columnist?

January 31, 2011 11:25 AM

Two months ago, Carla Barnhill was just a multitasking mom from Minnesota who did freelance writing and editing on the side. After working at several Christianity Today sister publications in suburban Chicago — editing Campus Life for several years before...

'Skins' Prompts Call for Child Porn Investigation

January 21, 2011 5:25 PM

Do you know what your teenagers are watching? If it’s 10 on a Monday night, you might want to check that it’s not what the Parents Television Council (PTC) has called “the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted...

Miss America and the Bikini Question

January 20, 2011 10:30 AM

To one-piece or two-piece? That was the question for many Miss America hopefuls in 1997, when, for the first time in 50 years, the pageant allowed two-piece swimsuits. Pageant organizers say the swimsuit part of the competition, dubbed the...

Friday Night Lights' Shining Female Lead

November 3, 2010 11:40 AM

Whenever I encourage someone to watch Friday Night Lights — which happens often, as I’m quite evangelistic about my TV shows — the response is always the same: “But that’s a football show.” For most shows, I would leave it...

Why Sex Ruins TV Romances

October 26, 2010 10:40 AM

If you’re a fan of USA’s Psych, as I am, chances are you went berserk when Shawn and Juliet finally kissed in the summer finale. Fans shrieked and squealed; message boards were overrun with ecstatic crowds; my best friend sent...

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...

The Glamorous Life of the Pregnant Teenager

July 30, 2010 10:27 AM

When fast-fashion chain Forever 21 announced this month that they were rolling out a maternity line in five states — three of which have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country — they were accused of what has become...

Glee: Stereotype Me!

June 21, 2010 3:26 PM

 When Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced that the popular TV show would add a female Christian character in its second season, a “Carrie Underwood” type, I worried that she might be just another outrageous caricature representing the worst people think...

I Once Was 'Lost' But Now Am Found

May 25, 2010 10:56 AM

My husband and I consciously choose to watch only one television show at a time, which we watch, well, religiously. For the past few years, our show has been Lost. Its dramatic plot and love stories and perpetual mysteries all...

Did You Consider Having an Abortion?

February 11, 2010 8:48 AM

Everybody knows someone who considered having an abortion. It may be a friend, cousin, sister, aunt, or your own mother … and you may not even know about it. Even if you didn’t watch the Super Bowl last Sunday, you...

A Quest to Question Mainstream Media

November 6, 2009 2:47 PM

Many people who know me as an author and women's ministry speaker are often curious about why I started a film company. They seem to assume there is a split focus there. Perhaps there is, but because I see media...

A (Crooked) House Divided: the Gosselins Announce Their Divorce

June 22, 2009 9:07 PM

And now it's official. As many have speculated in the week since commercials first aired promoting tonight's "big announcement" that would affect the entire family, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their separation, and, later in the episode, their divorce. This...

Women's Groups Lash Out at Letterman in Palin's Defense

June 12, 2009 11:35 AM

Several women's groups have joined Sarah Palin's fight with David Letterman over his joke that Palin's daughter got "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez during their recent trip to New York. "It's worse than poor taste; it reflects ugliness in him....

The Duggars: the Anti-Gosselins

June 12, 2009 9:53 AM

Even in the wake of the media circus that surrounds the Gosselin family, another reality TV show about an unusually large family premiered last night. WeTV showed Raising Sextuplets, which follows Bryan and Jenny Masche as they navigate raising six...

Media Lukewarm on Laodicean's Meaning

May 29, 2009 11:12 AM

Last night Indian American girl Kavya Shivashankar, 13, won the televised Scripps National Spelling Bee and its $40,000 prize after rattling off the letters in Laodicean (pronounced lā-ˌä-də-ˈsē-ən). Like most spelling-bee words, the adjective doesn't get much use in everyday...

Jon and Kate Plus a Lot of Bitterness

May 28, 2009 9:53 AM

I admit that for a while I was hooked on certain reality TV shows, but I've pulled the plug on several as of late, keeping my viewing list a lot shorter. (However, I've kept Deadliest Catch on the list...

Kris Allen Triumphs on American Idol -- in More Ways Than One

May 22, 2009 10:19 AM

If you are one of the 28.8 million people who watched American Idol's season finale Wednesday night, you already know that Kris Allen, the 23-year old worship leader from Conway, Arkansas, beat out Hollywood rocker and musical theater vet...

Donald Trump Says Miss California Can Keep the Crown

May 12, 2009 10:56 AM

If you haven't had enough of Miss California yet, she's still reigning in the news today. Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, says Carrie Prejean can keep her crown, even after more racy photos were released online this...

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...

The Other Miss California Controversy

April 24, 2009 9:16 AM

By the time a story like Miss California's has been covered on blogs and in tweets for three days, it seems like old news. On Tuesday, the editors at Her.meneutics discussed how to cover 21-year-old Carrie Prejean's answer to celebrity...

Why Do We Love Susan Boyle?

April 17, 2009 1:03 PM

If you haven't seen the viral video of Susan Boyle yet, take a few minutes to watch it. It's worth it. When Boyle appears on the American-Idolish Britain's Got Talent, she admits that she's never been kissed, tells the audience...

TV's Women of Faith

April 7, 2009 9:16 AM

Ninety-nine percent of all American homes have a television set. Like it or not, TV is a part of our everyday lives. We can't write if off as trivial; we're watching it, and so are our friends, family, and neighbors....

Faith Takes Center Stage on American Idol

March 24, 2009 1:55 PM

Christians regularly lament their lack of representation in mainstream entertainment, but this season, the most popular show on television features a cast of vocal Christians. Surprised? While Christians are certainly not strangers to the American Idol stage, six of this...

Ted and Gayle Haggard to Appear on 'Divorce Court' April 1

March 20, 2009 3:01 PM

Three months after Alexandra Pelosi's documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard debuted on HBO, the founder of New Life Church and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals and his wife will be appearing on Divorce Court, the longest-running...

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