Posts Tagged ‘gender’

Call me Caitlyn

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner’s “coming out” in the pages of Vanity Fair this week caused a stir, well, pretty much everywhere. Much of the commentary I saw was positive. There were some on the left, particularly feminists, who raised questions about Jenner’s decision to embrace a highly sexualized image of femininity. Some religious conservatives expressed sympathy to Jenner Read more

Vatican document slams cosmetic surgery for women

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

A new Vatican document has expressed a negative view of elective cosmetic surgery for women. An “outline document”, produced by a panel of female consultants to the Pontifical Council for Culture, comes ahead of an upcoming assembly devoted to women’s issues. The document, titled Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference, warns that procedures such as facelifts Read more

Church group to tackle violence in Samoa

Friday, July 4th, 2014

“Violence in Samoa is enormous and yet people don’t consider violence as such,” says the Director of Catholic Social Services in Samoa, Sale Mikaele Kolio. To address this issue the Catholic Church has established a society with a vision to revive family love and end violence in homes. Called the Gaualofa Society, its mission is Read more

Boys teach boys to be boys

Friday, June 13th, 2014

What makes a male child become a “boy,” as we understand that concept socially? In her new book, When Boys Become Boys, Judy Y. Chu reports on her two-year study in which she followed a group of boys from pre-kindergarten through first grade. She concluded that most of what we think of as “boy” behaviour isn’t Read more

A woman’s place in New Zealand

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The day Prime Minister Helen Clark was berated and humiliated at Waitangi for daring to speak on the marae should have been the day all iwi resolved to reassess the rules subordinating women on marae and in wharenui. It should have been considered urgent. Perhaps the indignity of that day was generally dismissed as mere Read more

It’s a girl – the three deadliest words in the world

Friday, May 10th, 2013

In 1985, Mary Anne Warren coined the term gendercide to refer to the ritual eradication of women and girls throughout the world. More recently, the heartbreaking film  It’s a Girl documents the effects of this practice on the numbers of girls and women in China and India. It makes for difficult viewing, particularly when confronted with the Read more

Local Mercy Sister proves to be right on, on foot washing rite

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

In a recently published book on the Eucharist a New Zealand Mercy sister, Dr Kathleen Rushton, has provided an historical context for Pope Francis’ gesture of including women among those whose feet he washed on Holy Thursday. In  a chapter entitled Rediscovering Forgotten Features: Scripture, Tradition and Whose Feet May Be Washed on Holy Thursday Night, Read more

Maybe “girls can do anything” – this bloke can’t

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I applaud the sentiment behind the much-quoted phrase, “girls can do anything” but I am startled when I come across people who think it is literally true. Girls cannot do anything, and neither can boys. Our biological nature ensures that great and all as our human potential might be, there are limits to what is Read more

Tolley against changing transgender prison practice

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says she does not support changing the law to allow some transgender inmates to serve their terms in women’s prisons.

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Many Christians not keen on gender inclusive Bible translations

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Christians who make Bible reading a part of their everyday life prefer word-for-word translations of the original Greek and Hebrew over thought-for-thought translations, according to a new study released by LifeWay Research.

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