In Good Faith

IGF008 In Good Faith with Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy

Podcast Recorded: April 11, 2011
IGF008 Podcast with Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy

IGF008 In Good Faith with Bren Ortega Murphy, PhD, recorded live on April 12, 2011. Produced by ministry. The nuns talk with Prof. Murphy about nun images in popular culture, such as Nunzilla, Boxing Nuns, movie nuns and more!

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Show Notes
  • The fascination with Nunzilla, the Boxing Nuns, Late Night Catechism, and other images of nuns in popular culture.
  • What’s the big deal about nun images – they’re just funny, right?
  • A Question of Habit, The Image of Women Religious in U.S. Popular Culture—Bren Murphy’s latest documentary.
  • Why habits almost always are used in nun images in popular culture.
  • Why so much nun kitsch but not so much priest kitsch in comparison?
  • Portrayals of sisters and nuns in popular culture “that got it right.”
  • Buying nun image products – does it perpetuate stereotypes?
  • The intersection of images of nuns and of women in popular culture.
  • The glass-ceiling phenomena in business.
  • What nun images reflect about popular culture.
About our Guest

Bren Ortega Murphy holds a joint appointment in Communication Studies and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She is the co-author of two books, Cultural Hegemony in the Unites States with Lee Artz and Voices of Strong Democracy with David Droge. Dr. Murphy has also written, directed and produced one radio documentary and two video documentaries, the latest of which is “A Question of Habit: The Image of Women Religious in U.S. Popular Culture.”

(UPDATE: Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy departed this beautiful earth on April 26, 2021. We are honored to have known her and to have captured her great wisdom and wit in this podcast. She'll bring new light to heaven!)

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