Since I've started thinking about doing a religion major, I've noticed a pattern:
"So what are you going to study?"
"...Oh." -brows furrow with concern- "So what do you want to do with that?"
"Actually, I want to work in politics."
Someone actually accused me of plotting world domination, which is pretty awesome.
But even I'm kind of confused by it. I mean, haven't I spent the past year looking at women's studies programs? (Granted, the college I picked doesn't have one, but I looked at them everywhere else.) Sure, I like religion, but how does that work with my gender and politics interests...?
Then again, the more I think about it, the more perfect it seems. I mean, look at the election and subsequent protests in Iran. The pictures coming out of the conflict showing pretty women with their head scarves pushed back and their fingernails painted are significant not only because of all the problems with the election, but because in dressing like that, women are violating dress code laws put in place because of religious rules.
And what about everything here in America? We obviously mix our religion and politics, but a lot of it is wrapped up in gender, too. On the one hand, you have the Quiverfull movement and the True Womanhood manifesto, using scripture to encourage traditional gender roles for women. On the other hand, there's feminist theology, which I didn't even know existed until I stumbled across it on wikipedia. If religious feminists have a message, it's not getting across. Why not?
That's just what I can think of off the top of my head. Any other cool connections I can look at?