Ashley writes and speaks widely about religious freedom, Catholicism, and women. She has appeared on CNN, CNN International, CBS News, Fox News, PBS, The History Channel, HuffPo Live, ABC/Yahoo News Live, EWTN, and the BBC, and her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, and the Huffington Post, among others. She is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post's religion blog, On Faith, and to National Review Online.

She is the founder and editor-in-chief of AltCatholicah, a web magazine devoted to the exploration of faith and gender, a 2011 recipient of the Phillips Foundation Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship, and the first ever Richard John Neuhaus Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

Beyoncé: Stop Showing the World Your Half-Naked Pregnant Self

To get naked in front of others while pregnant, or not to, that is the question. Actually, that should never ever be the question for any pregnant woman. (Or any woman at all, for that matter.) But apparently, that is the latest question to confront the starlets of Hollywood. See, for example, the recent travails … Continued


Christie Brinkley’s Bikini Feminism

And for your daily dose of “body positivity” I present to you: Christie Brinkley and daughters. . . featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. Brinkley is perhaps the most famous model to grace the cover of the annual issue because she once appeared there three years in a row. Now she’s back in the magazine, … Continued


Enough with the Humble-Bragging “Body Positivity” Selfies

No thanks. I actually don’t want to see your naked or partially naked body. That seems like a reasonable enough attitude, and yet every time I open any form of social media, I am inundated with posts showing mostly nude women. I’m not talking about Kardashian-style “naked selfies.” I am talking about “body positivity” selfies, … Continued


Is Ivanka Making Motherhood Great Again?

Is Ivanka Trump America’s Kate Middleton? In this viral photo posted on Ivanka’s Instagram page the day before the Inauguration, America’s new first daughter channels the Duchess rather mightily. In the picture, Ivanka is rocking the whole Duchess package: walking down the red-carpeted steps of a private jet in nude stilettos and a gorgeously tailored … Continued


Why Parents Should Stop Listening to Parenting Advice

Pity the parents of today. While plenty of people would argue that modern parenting has never been easier thanks to a free-market economy that delivers essentials like diapers and wipes to your doorstep and an entire market that performs any range of childcare duties from babysitting to nursing your newborn at night, it all comes … Continued


Celebrities Are Coming Out of the Closet About Faith

Mark Zuckerberg is a believer. When the Facebook founder and CEO issued Christmas and Hanukah wishes to his followers, he got a reply asking him if he was still an atheist. To which Zuckerberg replied with a “no,” saying that after years of soul-searching, he now believes that “religion is very important.” He didn’t elaborate, … Continued


Our Top Five Female Celebrities of 2016

Another year is drawing to a close, and everyone is making their ‘best of’ lists. Last week’s Financial Times featured its Women of the Year, all of whom were, of course, serious players on the world stage like British Prime Minister Teresa May. But it got me thinking about the celebrity women who rarely get … Continued


Is There a Reality TV “Divorce Curse?”

Another reality television marriage flops. Specifically, the marriage of Tarek and Christina El Moussa of the house-flipping reality show, “Flip or Flop.” For the past week, the dramatic unraveling of their marriage, which apparently involved him chasing her out of their home with a gun and the oh-so-common nanny affair, has been splashed across both … Continued

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