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Gender & Students at Evangelical Universities: What Needs to Be Said? Or Not Said?

I’m to lead a workshop at the annual meeting of the Association of Christians in Student Development at Taylor University in a couple of weeks. I look forward to being with that extraordinarily vital group of people who somehow have to be cool and wise and kind and firm and creative and cautious all at the same time.

Here’s the advertised description of the workshop I’ll be offering a group of 30 or so discussants. My question to you is this: What do you think I ought to say–or not say? What do you think we must make sure to discuss? What should we avoid? What would count as a good outcome, in your view–or a bad one? Thanks for your help!

Wimps, Little Boys, or Pigs? Flowers, Princesses, or Skanks? Developing Healthy Masculinity & Femininity  When “Jersey Shore”, Hollywood blockbusters, and “Twilight” set the terms for gender among young people while the Eldredges and Driscolls set them for evangelicals, it’s time to take another look at what it means to be a man or a woman. This session will probe the weird simultaneity of an anti-feminist backlash among evangelicals during a prolonged feminization of that form of Christianity. Can evangelicals find a way out of the mess that might offer hope to a broader culture at least as confused as we are?

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