The word vagina has caused trouble for a lot of women this year, from Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown to Naomi Wolf. And now, perhaps, for a prominent evangelical writer who refused to remove the word from her new book about women and the Bible.
Rachel Held Evans' upcoming book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, tracks her yearlong attempt to follow all of the Bible's instructions for women, from making her own clothes to "submitting" to her husband. (I wrote about the project last year for Slate.) Now one of the biggest Christian bookstore chains in the country, LifeWay, has opted not to carry the book, and Evans is speaking out about the "chokehold" that the Southern Baptist-owned business wields over Christian writers.