I'm tired. I'm tired of being a Christian. People say it's only a term, only a word but that word feels like the lead apron at the dentist's office. It's pushing down on me from all sides, clipped tightly around my neck.
This famous bit from Galatians 3 is the reason I'm a Jesus Feminist. And that may strike some feminist ears as odd, because the apostle Paul has long been the bane of many an equality activist's existence.
Rachel Held Evans is one of the better known Christian writers in progressive circles these days. Her new book examines what it would mean to live life as a woman according to biblical laws for a year. She uses "grownup" words to talk about things like (gasp!) vaginas.
"Just calling yourself a Christian feminist doesn't make you one, and if other people are calling (Palin and Bachmann) that, they don't know what it means," said feminist theologian Rita Nakashima Brock.