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    • Michele Stopera Freyhauf

      Happiness is a Warm Space: Enchantment as Feminist Virtue by Amy Levin. Art can provide a balm for the modern soul – Claude Monet Living in New York has its vices, and anxiety-triggering space is one of many. Though the city offers ailments just the same, whether they are in the form of meditation or medication, I’m beginning to believe the statistics delineating just how much more anxious us city-dwellers have become. But once in a while you catch a break.

    • Michele Stopera Freyhauf

      Jewish Weddings: Identity, Desire, and Anxiety by Amy Levin. As a Jewish feminist, I’m often critical of marriage. And, as a 26-year old (this month) who attended Jewish camp, leadership/environmental programs in Israel, and was active in Jewish youth groups growing up, I’ve been frequenting my fair share of Jewish weddings lately. These occasions bring me joy, nostalgia, and an overall reminder in the beautiful power of ritual and ceremony.....

    • Michele Stopera Freyhauf

      Liberalism as Feminist Religious Tradition: Friend or Foe? By Amy Levin. Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving – Elizabeth Cady Stanton Whenever I find myself in conversation with a liberal skeptic who assumes that the existence of a liberal Mormon or Catholic is about as likely as aliens walking the planet, I do two things.

    • Michele Stopera Freyhauf

      Deepa Mehta’s "​Water" and Homegrown Indian Feminism by Amy Levin. In the first scene of the Deepa Mehta’s 2005 Indian film Water, a father tells his eight year old daughter, Chuyia, “Child. Do you remember getting married? Your husband is dead. You’re a widow now.” These are some of the last words Chuyia hears from anyone familiar to her, as her condition abandons her in an ashram for Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation.

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