The Christian Feminist Podcast
About This Show
Exploring the intersections of religion and gender, the Christian Feminist Podcast is ready to roar.
Most Recent Episode
Christian Feminist Podcast 82: Wyrd Sisters
Katie Grubbs and Leah Henning discuss Terry Pratchett's novel Wyrd Sisters and whether its witches are models for feminist thought and action.
Rated 5 out of
A solid discussion of how to be both
This podcast deftly explores the sometimes fractured relationship between feminism and Christianity, offering personal accounts, reasoned critique, and hopeful suggestions.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 2 out of
light on the "Christian"
This is a sister program to the long-running Christian Humanist podcast (which very successfully weds what are generally taken, within the academy at least, to be mutually exclusive and contradictory modes of inquiry, using each to bring light to the other). I had hoped that this newer podcast would be successful in its stated goal of doing with Feminism what its brother program has done so well with Humanism. Fifteen episodes in, I think it's safe to say that the project is a dismal and unimaginative failure.
The Christian Humanists are successful in bringing the insights of their academic disciplines to bear on Christian thought (and vice versa) and in generating fruitful and entertaining dialog that pulls from and integrates both worlds because none of them are committed ideologues. It has become clear over these fifteen episodes of the Christian Feminist, though, that its panelists have been uncritically formed in the dogmas of feminist critical theory and that it (and not Christianity) is their primary analytical lens. The result is dialog and analysis that are invariably preachy/moralistic, boring, and wholly uncritical of the basic ideological commitments of feminist and gender studies thought. The "Christianity" that is presented as in need of feminist insight and reform is a distorted one: framed through the lens of feminist critique rather than on its own terms and/or very narrowly as the pop-culture Evangelical world most of the panelists emerged from. A great disappointment.
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 4 out of
Stimulating, reflective, and open
I was hesitant to begin listening to this podcast as the vast majority of media I've found that combines Christianity and feminism focuses largely on criticism of one or the other. Although there is critique in this podcast, it is done respectfully and the speakers consistently make an effort to meet people, Christians and feminists alike, where they are. They clearly describe how their Christianities and their feminisms harmonize as well as when they struggle to bridge the gap between the two diverse cultural worlds. By no means do I agree with the speakers all the time and a few moments I've caught myself muttering "what on earth are you talking about?!" It takes an open mind to listen to this podcast, encouraged by the open minds the speakers exhibit themselves.
I'm giving 4/5 stars because there are a few things not mentioned very often and a few things that I would like to hear less of. Race is mentioned only some of the time - though when it is, the speakers refer to specific people and events (such as Alice Walker, Leslie Jones, women's suffrage) and also admit what they don't know. There is a white bias to this podcast, as well as a heterosexual bias.
And I admit a personal bias in my preference of scholarly statistics over personal anecdotes, especially when said anecdotes are only about one's children.
That being said, this is a free podcast. I am grateful for this information and discussion given freely more than I am disappointed over the imbalance between statistics and anecdotes.
Date published: 2016-09-10