Seriously, E.L. James. Stay away from my literary heroines. Also, who ever compares herself to Tess of the D’Urbervilles? Like, in a good way?
You should probably go listen to Sady Doyle’s album list.
This only seems like a good thing to me. It also seems mainly a phenomenon of the middle to upper class. Of note: the subheading “Artisanal Fathers” cracked me up. Also, this line: “Hey ladies–who’s up for some breastfeeding and decaf skinny lattes?” Does anyone actually say things like this? Why are they allowed to live with us?
I was educated by nuns like these . They are the best . Was your school cheer “Live mercy! Seek justice!” ? Didn’t think so.(Although at the time my main reaction was “ughh can’t we just have pep rallies like normal schools?”)
So I get why there is real pain and confusion over the Vatican’s investigation of the LCWR. But what places who spin it as evil repressive Vatican repressively repressing kick-ass sisters fail to notice is that these nuns are consecrated brides of Christ (this, among other reasons, is why when traditionalist types make fun of sisters for their haircuts or pantsuits or lack of habits, you should probably punch them), and most of them take that extremely seriously. Their work for the poor and marginalized is the concrete expression of their love for Jesus. And when prayer is removed from their lives, or someone starts talking about moving beyond Jesus, it also creates pain and confusion in the community; it injures them and their ability to carry out this great work they do.
Liberals and conservatives: take your stupid agendas from my church and away from my sisters. It’s just more complicated than that.
So Heinous. This sounds like the equivalent of the difference between not letting a woman throw her baby in front of a speeding car, and legally requiring her to jump in front of a speeding car so she can die with her baby.
I’m not sure how I feel about confessional culture, except that I don’t think I like it all that much (at least from other people. I love talking about myself), but I think Doyle is definitely on to something about asserting the legitimacy and importance of vulnerability.
I think Lindy West is the main reason I haven’t given up Jezebel.
We all have our thoughts and feelings about Hillary Rodham Clinton and that interesting intersection between “rich privileged white lady” and “feminist icon” she embodies, but you must admit she has the schoolmarm awesome thing down.
This is exactly as much as I feel like saying about Helen Gurley Brown.