Thanks to both faithful readers and stumble-upon visitors of the CT women's blog for making March a very successful month so far! We reviewed three new books that opened up important discussion about gender-based education, the toxic cosmetics industry, and race-based injustice in American history. We also heard from a number of new Her.meneutics bloggers, including Ellen Painter Dollar, Amy Julia Becker, and Michelle van Loon. And, of course, Joni Eareckson Tada's concerns about the now-passed health care bill got a lot of attention.

Stay tuned to Her.meneutics this spring as we talk to Nashville-based counselor Marnie Ferree about female sex addiction, review a forthcoming book on Jane Austen's Christian faith, and ask whether plus-size models are any better than rail-thin models. And if there are topics you'd like to see us cover, e-mail editors Katelyn Beaty (kbeaty[at] or Sarah Pulliam Bailey (spulliam[at]

(10) A Black Maid's Expose, by Sarah Pulliam Bailey // Comments: 10
First-time novelist Kathryn Stockett's The Help uses compelling narrative to illustrate the power of truth telling.

(9) Citing Modesty, Two Women Refuse Full-Body Scans, by Katelyn Beaty // Comments: 15
Pope Benedict and Muslim scholars have warned that the scanners—slated for major U.S. airports—violate principles of human dignity and chastity.

(8) Eliminating Suffering or Eliminating People? by Amy Julia Becker // Comments: 10
When genetic testing threatens our common humanity.

(7) Gay Marriage Leads D.C. Archbishop to End Foster Care Program, by Julia Duin // Comments: 64 Catholic Charities has given its caseload of 43 children, 35 foster families, and 7 staff members to a Maryland-based family-care ...

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