I was recently on a New York street and of course noted the scattering of covered woman among the passing thousands, in scarf, veil, hijab, bonnet, wig. One was Hasidic, in long sleeves and closed neckline and stockings in July, with a little hat on top of her wig. I was in jeans and a black T-shirt, my graying hair windblown.
Now those women discomfit me in the same way I’m sure they can discomfit others. They represent denial of battles hard fought—for birth control, abortion, equality in any public forum, to dress how we want without being objectified, or just to be heard. [...] But covered women are my [...]
Yesterday, Leonard Knight, the man who built Salvation Mountain, died at the age of 82.
The trick is to say this exact thing, I said. What seems to be the problem, officer? And you have to call him officer.
I’m not going to call him officer, Avi said.
What about the hash? What if he checks inside the car? Cathy asked.
Everybody just be cool, Avi said. He rolled down the window.
The cop beamed his flashlight into the front seat. What’s your nationality?
I’m American but I was born in Israel, Avi said.
And your mom? He motioned towards Cathy.
I’m not his mom, she said. [...]
Natalie is a 23-year-old feminist Mormon who lives in Boise, Idaho.
Let’s talk a little about your upbringing. Where did you grow up, and what was your community like?
I grew up in Boise, Idaho. Boise is unique in that it has a large Mormon community but it’s not a Mormon town. So, at my high school there were 2,000 kids and around 500 of them were Mormon.
Did you know any women growing up who were feminists?
Publicly? No, I don’t remember any of my young women leaders saying that they were feminists. I’ve had some young women leaders who were kind of tomboys, but in their lessons they [...]
"Thank God for September 11!" 19-year-old Lauren Drain yells during a picket of the second inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2005 in the opening scene of her memoir Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church (Goodreads | Amazon). While she once proudly held signs proclaiming attention-getting slogans like "God Hates Fag Enablers" as part of the Westboro Baptist Church, the 27-year-old Connecticut resident now calls the church a cult. When she was 14, her philosophy professor father decided to make a documentary about the church; originally aimed at exposing them, and titled Hatemongers, it instead morphed into a pro-WBC work that transformed their family, [...]