Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay

Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay

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“Why do you stay?” It is a common question women are asked in relation to their faith. These are not women who buy into Candace Cameron’s biblically submissive theory; rather, these are women who claim a feminist identity, have membership in a particular religious tradition, and practice their faith in spite of gendered challenges.

In Faithfully Feminist 15 Christian, 15 Jewish, and 15 Muslim women share their stories of struggle and faith.

In a world where women’s issues are political issues, women are judged for their positions in relation to their claimed identities. Feminists argue that you cannot be a “true” feminist if you are a practicing Christian, Muslim, or Jew. Likewise, religious practitioners claim that you cannot be a “true” Christian, Muslim, or Jew if you support feminist values. Nevertheless, women who practice these religious traditions and hold feminist values are not uncommon, and the question “Why do you stay?” is one that is frequently asked of them.

Faithfully Feminist is the sharing of stories, encouraging other women, and acknowledging that being feminist doesn’t mean giving up on your faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940468372
Publisher: White Cloud Press
Publication date: 07/26/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 516,494
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College and Co-Founder of She is the author of Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence and can be found on Twitter @FemTheologian.

Jennifer Zobair is an attorney and a writer. She is the author of the novel, Painted Hands (St. Martin’s Press), and her essays on Muslim women and feminism have appeared in The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere. She is a columnist for The Muslim Observer and is the founder of the website story and chai, a creative space for readers and writers of Muslim and culturally diverse narratives. Jennifer lives with her husband and three children outside of Washington, D.C.

Amy Levin is a Jewish feminist, activist, writer, and aspiring psychotherapist. She holds a Master's in Religious Studies from NYU and is an MSW candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. She worked as a political organizer for Organizing for America and J Street, and has written publicly on the intersection of religion, gender, and social justice for publications such as The Revealer and Feminism and Religion. Connect with her on Twitter @levinam. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xvii

"Speaking Forward" Deonna Kelli Sayed 1

"Leading from Here" Dasi Frachter 8

"My Mother's Bat-Mitzvah" Miriam Peskowitz 14

"The Faith of My Mothers and Sisters" Elise Edwards 20

"Embracing Feminism in Public to Find God in Private" Jennifer Zobair 27

"Reflections of a Mormon Feminist" Caroline Kline 34

"Blessed Are You, Who Made Me a Woman" Rachel Lieberman 40

"Feminist From Birth" Ify Okoye 46

"Confessions" Gina Messina-Dysert 51

"Seeing is Believing" Jennifer Crumpton 57

"Beet is the New Orange" Amy Levin 64

"Shoot the Messenger" Rabia Chaudry 71

"The Sub-Veil: Perversities from the Side with the Seams" Tasneem Mandviwala 77

"Once a Catholic" Kate McElwee 84

"Music and Prayer: When Staying In Means Stepping Up" Aviva Richman 90

"I Still May Push a Little" Stacy Leeman 96

"What Has Remained: The Testimony of a Mujer Mestiza" Erica De La Rosa 102

"The Pen Has Been Lifted: You Will Survive" Samar M Kaukab 109

"How Feminism Saved My Faith" Emily Maynard 115

"From Outside In, From Inside Out" Tamara Cohen 121

"Resilience" Sabina Khan-Ibarra 127

"To Be Young, Feminist, Muslimah, and Black" Nia Malika Dixon 133

"Say Something. I'm Giving Up On You." Angela Yarber 138

"Staring Down Our Most Troubling Texts" Danya Ruttenberg 144

"Finding Feminism Anew" Hannah Heinzeker 150

"Thy Presence is My Stay" Marcia Mount Shoop 156

"Same Struggle, Different Dogma" Amanda Quraishi 164

"Exile of a Jewish Woman and How She Comes Home" Felicia Sol 170

"The Life of a Secret Feminist" Aisha Saeed 176

"Bane of the Single Muslim Woman" Atiya Hasan 182

"Sometimes the Minister is a Girl" Kathryn House 188

"Speaking Tradition" Leiah Moser 194

"Finding My Faith through Feminist Jewish Values" Christine Stone 200

"Blind Faith Has No Reward" Zareen Jaffery 206

"The Soil of My Faith" Mihee Kort 212

"Do You See What I See?" Mariam Williams 217

"#realtalk" Jafreen Uddin 223

"Owning My Voice" Rebecca Sirbu 229

"Finding My Identity in Solitude" Laila Alawa 234

"I Am CHURCH" Corinna Guerrero 240

"My Weakness Is My Strength" Elizabeth Meachem 246

"Finding My Voice in Prague" Talia Cooper 252

"Girl, I Am So Over Church" Nikki Bailey 259

"Holding the Keys" Ron Picker Neiss 264

"Honored to Give an X" Hoda Elshishtawy 269

Glossary 275

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