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Painting Our Lady of Light: Winter Holidays 2016 by Angela Yarber

Could there be anything more perfect at this moment than gorgeous holiday cards featuring a subversive Mary spreading peace, hope, love and joy? This is the first time I’ve been introduced to the work of Dr. Angela Yarber, and I am beyond excited. Find her and her words and art at http://www.angelayarber.com The links to purchase the cards are in the article.

angelaThere’s nothing like the holiday season to bring out everyone’s least feminist self. In one of the courses that I teach—Gender, Food, and the Body in Popular Culture—students are assigned to examine gender roles throughout the holiday season through the lens intersectional ecofeminism. Inevitably, almost every student returns from holiday break with the same assessment: mom, grandma, and a kitchen full of women prepare, cook, and clean every family meal; women do the holiday shopping; men in the family watch sports.

Of course, this isn’t true of everyone. There are plenty of families which subvert and dismantle stereotypical gender roles, but the holidays seem to heighten these roles, undergirding them with some kind of nostalgic and theological weight that claims that if mama doesn’t arduously prepare her famed casserole, the season will be ruined. Otherwise committed feminists find themselves singing carols filled with sexist language and participating in holiday rituals…

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