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The 99 Problems with Jay-Z's Use of "B----"


Jan 31 2012
The celebrated rapper insists he'll continue to use the word despite the arrival of his newborn baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter.

When Jay-Z and wife Beyonce welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, into the world on January 7, Jay-Z joined the ranks of hip-hop dads that include T.I. and Fat Joe. Just two days after Blue Ivy's arrival, the proud papa released a new single, "Glory, ...

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Christian Catfights: Why Women Leaders Don't Support Each Other


Jan 30 2012
Insecurities can cause women to undermine each other.

Monica Holmes had the prettiest hair of any girl in the fifth grade. Her chestnut locks flowed effortlessly down her back, while my delicate, thin hair broke off around my shoulders. Even so, I didn't envy her hair; I begrudged her braggadocio. No matter the context—recess, ...

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Marriage: Creating a Partnership, Not Reeling in a Catch


Jan 27 2012
The old traditions of luring in a spouse still linger today.

To all the single ladies:

Last week Groupon offered a ticket to lasting love (at a 76% discount!) by way of your own personal "boudoir photo shoot." The ad proclaims:

The great Romantic painters had the same goal—to craft an image so beautiful that it would ...

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Making the Most out of Mommy Blogging: The Woman Behind Money Saving Mom


Jan 26 2012
How Crystal Paine made a ministry out of coupon clipping.

Crystal Paine is not your average mommy blogger. She doesn't tell you about her day or post picture-perfect images of her lifestyle for you to envy. The homeschooling mom of three based in Kansas wants to help you make ends meet, to use many pieces of information ...

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Real Women Don't Text Back: How Women Fuel the Man-Boy Problem


Jan 25 2012
Women will help single men grow up by refusing to play by their frat-boy standards.

"Wanna grab a burrito 2nite?"

The melody of the Atlanta symphony's instruments flowed through the auditorium. I didn't have high expectations for dating at 23, but a text containing the word burrito wasn't exactly what I had in mind (and with 1 hour notice). I ...

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Should You Let Your Baby 'Cry It Out'? A Christian Response


Jan 24 2012
My "attachment parenting" is rooted less in outcome-based goals and more in God's example.

When Psychology Today ran an article titled "Dangers of 'Crying it Out'," my response was, perhaps predictably, jaded. I read the article, then clicked over to one of my "Birth Clubs" on BabyCenter to watch the ensuing fun while I nursed my seven-month-old. It ...

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The Woman Who Shelters New York City's Trafficking Victims


Jan 23 2012
Faith Huckel, founder and director of Restore NYC, took her social-work skills and a heap of prayer to launch the city's first and only long-term aftercare shelter for foreign-born trafficking victims.

When award-winning nonprofit leader Faith Huckel moved to New York City in 2003, she expected her time there to shape her career, but she thought that impact would come more from the social work graduate program she was entering than events at the United Nations ...

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Why Women Leave the Church—and Come Back Again


Jan 20 2012
Jim Henderson's 'The Resignation of Eve' offers first-hand accounts (and no small amount of editorializing) of women struggling in local congregations.

In 1997, Mary Belenky, Blythe Clinchy, Nancy Goldberger, and Jill Tarule published an important book titled Women's Ways of Knowing, in which they explored how women understand themselves, their minds, and their relationship to knowledge, and considered whether ...

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The Best Christian Marriage Book You've Never Heard Of


Jan 19 2012
Dwight and Margaret Kim Peterson's book offers advice for a realistic and positive marriage.

On the shelf of your church's bookstore, Are You Waiting for 'The One'? (InterVarsity), by Dwight N. and Margaret Kim Peterson, might look like any other Christian book on dating and marriage. Look a little harder.

The new book, subtitled "Cultivating Realistic, ...

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When the State Took Away My Life: North Carolina Grapples with Sterilization Practice


Jan 18 2012
It all began just a mile down the road from my house.

The small, rural Virginia county where I live is home to an infamous court case that resulted in "one of the most chilling statements" ever issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. That case, Buck vs. Bell, unleashed decades of forced sterilization on those deemed "unfit" ...

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The Untapped Potential of the At-Home Mom


Jan 17 2012
With the right schedule, mothers can raise a family and pursue their career, too.

Recently a friend of mine plopped down on the couch next to me and asked the question I get asked more than any other these days: "How's it been since you've been back to work?"

Like always, I answered in two parts. First, from the part of me that spent eight years ...

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'Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus': To Adore or Abhor?


Jan 16 2012
What we can take away from the viral video that elicited such visceral reactions.

I'm guessing at least 15 of your friends have posted Jefferson Bethke's "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus," and maybe yet another 15 of your friends posted response pieces. Don't worry: the phrase 'false dichotomy' will not appear anywhere in this article. And ...

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'Miss Representation': How the Media Harms Both Women and Men


Jan 13 2012
America's mainstream media plays a key role in women's under-representation in power and influence.

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 her age and ...

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How We Can Harness the New Domesticity Without Diminishing Women


Jan 12 2012
Keeping house is part of God's work, too.

In a recent opinion piece for the Washington Post, Emily Matchar, who writes regularly on the phenomenon frequently called the 'new domesticity,' wonders whether the resurgence of interest in canning, knitting, and generally DIY-spirited homekeeping is not, in ...

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The Kate Middleton Baby Watch, and Why We Shouldn't Participate


Jan 11 2012
Well-meaning inquiries about pregnancies can cause more harm than good.

If last year was the year of the Royal Wedding, this year is definitely set to be the year of the Royal Baby Watch. Virtually every tabloid is plastered with some variation of the news that the former Kate Middleton is pregnant, soon-to-be-pregnant, or unable ...

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