Category Archives: Sexuality and Gender

Dad Wanted a Boy: Feminism, Transcendence, and Cuarón’s Gravity (film review essay)

by Donovan Schaefer Warning: Spoilertown, USA, directly ahead. No American film has been more desperately in need of a feminist retelling than Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Now, with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), we have exactly that, … Continue reading

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Theses on Guns, Apocalypticism, and American Religion

by Donovan Schaefer “When freedom shivers in the cold shadow of true peril, it’s always the patriots who first hear the call. When loss of liberty is looming–as it is now– The siren sounds first, in the hearts of freedom’s … Continue reading

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Crisis Masculinity: A Feminist Reading of Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines (Film Review Essay)

by Donovan Schaefer Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines is a powerfully composed narrative triplet that follows crisis moments of two men, Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) and Avery Cross (Brad Cooper) and their sons, A.J. (Emory Cohen) and Jason (Dane … Continue reading

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Casual Apocalypticism: Conspiracy Theory, Masculinity, and American Religion

by Donovan Schaefer Conspiracy theory follows power’s secret moves through the telltale signs inscribed on banal surfaces.  It takes the vaguely lived sense that something isn’t quite right and then snaps it into a puzzle form, a search for underlying … Continue reading

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Strategic Religion

* This post originally appeared on Culture on the Edge. by Steven Ramey People involved in Kopimi, a movement promoting the free exchange of information and file sharing over the web (in opposition to anti-piracy and copyright regulations), have begun the process … Continue reading

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A Response to “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications, and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies”

* This post is one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” which can be found here, here, here, here and here. by Rebecca Barrett-Fox We don’t ask oncologists if they agree … Continue reading

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A Response to “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications, and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies”

* This post is one of several responses to Kelly J. Baker’s essay “Evidentiary Boundaries and Improper Interventions: Evidence, Implications and Illegitimacy in American Religious Studies,” the first of which can be found here. “When we conceal from our students our … Continue reading

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