Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Eve Sexting in the Carnival

The first image you get is of a nude woman sexting, when you read the Biblical Studies Carnival for July 2011 by Chris Brady.  Of course that's funny.  Because it's just Eve.  And she is biblical.  And you don't really realize she's "sexting" until you mouse over the cartoon Chris has posted and read his little caption that confirms what she says.

The second thing you notice, after making your way all the way through the Carnival, is that there are no other women.

Chris explains:

"The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”

Oh, sorry about that.  I got a little confused there.  That is what the Bible explains.  This, in fact, on the other hand, is what Chris explains:

JK – The reason [for this huge oversight] is simple: no female blogger sent me links to their blogs nor did anyone else send me links to blogs by women. As my silly introduction meant to convey, I have not had time lately to read many blogs and so I relied upon links sent to me by others. 

I also asked for people to correct and expand my offering by sharing links via comments. So what links would you like to share?

No female blogger, you see.  And female bloggers and everyone else really should have more time than Chris had for his task of writing his Carnival.  And look now.  He's kindly given us more time, to correct and expand.  So what links would you like to share?  

I'm going to assume "you" is plural and is inclusive.  And I will start but would love it if you'd join in here to include daughters of Eve in with all these sons of Adam in the Carnival.  Shall we use Chris's headers?  So what links would you like to share?

Trends and being trendy

Rachel Marszalek bucked the trend of absolute male dominance in the June BiblioBlog Top 50 by Alexa by being there, the sole woman Bible blogger blogging alone last month to make it into this esteemed group. And she writes this post (musing some about the trendy of the previous month): "Sometimes the most beautiful things can stink."  And then there was also this trend near-reversal to note:  just under half (i.e., a full 40%) of the "Current Top 10" (albeit not a current list at all) are women; that's 4 of 10, ladies and gentleman, for May.

Back to the Bible, First Matters

Did you see this one by The Velveteen Rabbi, Rachel Barenblat?  Here's a snippet from just the first of June:
The "kingdom of God" may be a term more comfortable for Christians than for liberal Jews. When we hear it, many of us think of The Lord's Prayer -- "for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory" -- and these don't feel like Jewish ideas to most of us. But they are Jewish ideas! We use these words in our liturgy every day (though in Hebrew, so they don't push the same buttons for us which may be pushed by the English terms of Christian liturgy.)

Big News

Suzanne McCarthy pointed out the big news that the Danvers Statement was inverted.  She says:  "I hope that it is not seen as cruel, but just as an alternative look at how scripture could be selected and prioritized. No sin in that, surely."  And don't worry; she did not exclude anyone's voice because she did also link to the un-inverse Danvers statement too.


Since we have more time, and so much of it, what in June did you read?  What "Trends," what "Bible," and what "News"?  Every correcting and expanding link you send for Chris's Carnival (in comments below here), I'll be happy to add in the body of this blogpost here.  And/ or Chris will add it in among the men, in comments below there at his Carnival.


Paula said...

I think they forget plenty of women's blogs as well; it isn't a simple matter of us not having tried.

J. K. Gayle said...


Thank you for your comment. "I think" is a nice way of giving the benefit of the doubt. And "they forget" is also kind, because you're not directly pointing the finger at any one person. Chris Brady has been kind to continue to explain, to allow time for updates and inclusions, and to talk further in comments! He's not the one who's forgotten. "We" have! I have to admit that I made no contribution to his Carnival, except after it was written to notice how it was only submissions of men only. Yes, thanks for trying, for acknowledging that there have been our various efforts to try to let bibliobloggers who are also women also be recognized. I hope more will read more! Jim West made a comment to the effect that I should stop complaining and host a carnival. I'd love that. Perhaps more of us would read more Bible blogs such as those noted here.

Kristen said...

Here's a blog I really like: The Happy Surprise by K. Bonikowsky:


She is doing, among other things, a series on the Church Fathers and another on Women in the Text.

Then there's this one: Notations, by Naomi King Walker. It doesn't get updated as often, but when it does, it's well worth reading:


There's also this really good one by Asian American Christian female church leaders:


Izzy said...

Best Blog on Genesis EVER... "Just Genesis" by Alice C. Linsley.


Alice is an amazing Scholar and after 4 years of writing about "Just Genesis" I feel like there is still much to mine. She approaches both as a Anthropologist and Theologian.

She is a former Priest of the Episcopal Church who renounced the priesthood and converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church...partially as a result of her study on gender roles are drawn from anthropological study of Genesis and the conviction that Genesis is foundational to the Bible and to Christian theology.

It's refreshing to read her research knowing you are not going to have to sort through hidden agendas-feminist, conservative, liberal, creationist, evolution etc...While there are many ways to approach Genesis, Alice approaches it as the "origin of Messianic expectation among Abraham's Kushite ancestors"

Very enlightening...take a look...you won't be bored.

J. K. Gayle said...

Thanks for sharing these three! Bonikowsky is somebody whose posts I regularly read; and now, because of you, I've added to my reader feed Naomi King Walker and Young Lee Hertig, with her colleagues.

Thanks for endorsing Alice's blog. You're right that she's not boring. We've interacted some here, and you can see that we don't much agree on how she's so essentializes "feminism" with her distorting and harmful-to-women-and-men "definition." With singular certitude, Alice would love to assert that "the Feminist agenda clearly is not good for the Church." She's much more in her element, it seems to me, when reflecting on Genesis. So thanks.

To all,
Please keep the links coming for bloggers to read!

Kristen said...

Here's another link a sister just showed me.


Good stuff.