Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality

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In Taking Back God, Leora Tanenbaum recounts the stories of women across the United States, starting with herself, who love their religion but hate their second-class status within it. Tanenbaum relates the experiences of Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants, Muslims, and observant Jews.
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Overview

In Taking Back God, Leora Tanenbaum recounts the stories of women across the United States, starting with herself, who love their religion but hate their second-class status within it. Tanenbaum relates the experiences of Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants, Muslims, and observant Jews.
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In this well-documented, engaging, and encouraging book, Tanenbaum (Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation), herself an observant Orthodox Jew, explains why many religious women find themselves marginalized by their religions and what they are doing about it. Drawing on wide reading and interviews with almost 100 people, both key players and observant women, Tanenbaum spells out religious women's "love-hate relationship with tradition." This book stands out from others in a similar vein by covering five different faith traditions. Tanenbaum recounts Roman Catholic women's attempts to have women ordained priests; evangelicals' efforts to overcome sexist interpretations of the Bible; the push back by conservatives in mainline Protestant churches-which ordain women-against "feminized" religion; Muslim women's endeavors for equal access to Friday prayers; and Orthodox Jewish efforts to open Torah study to women. In concluding chapters, Tanenbaum surveys religious women's sexual lives and gendered language about humans and God in worship. She succeeds in capturing the courage, humor, and grit of her protagonists without demonizing their opponents. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—Steve Young

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582437088
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Leora Tanenbaum is the author of Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation and Catfight: Rivalries Among Women—from Diets to Dating, from the Boardroom to the Delivery Room. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Women on the Verge of an Uprising 3

2 A Love-Hate Relationship with Tradition 33

3 Catholic Women vs. the Vatican 55

4 Evangelical Women Spread the Good News About Women and the Bible 89

5 Are Mainline Churches Making Men Less Manly and Women Too Prominent? 129

6 The Alarm Has Rung and Muslim Women Are Wide-Awake 158

7 God Gave the Torah to Jewish Women Too 197

8 The Sexual Lives of Religious Women 242

9 Lost in Translation: Women's Language in Worship 281

Conclusion 303

Afterword to the 2011 Edition 311

Notes 317

Author's Note 335

Acknowledgments 337

Index 339

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