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Most men have faith in women, few women have faith in women. I have been astonished at the number of women who have come to me for advice whose only trouble was that they had no faith in womanhood, and consequently none in themselves.

These words from Helen Sunday stood out to me as I read about her earlier today. Not only do we need to have faith in our ability to live fully into womanhood, we need to be able to define what womanhood means. What does it mean to have faith in womanhood and therefore ourselves? Helen Sunday presents several potential sources of identity definition for women. First, a woman can ask herself what men want her to be. Second, a woman can ask herself whet she wants to be. “But, in the future, we shall come to asking the right question: ‘What does God want a woman to be?'”

The question of today is only half-answered as yet. Women do not know what they want to be, because they do not yet know what they are. Only one thing they have learned and this is that they are no longer the chattels of the man.

As I read this text written by a woman in the early 1900’s I can’t help but think that we have not come very far in defining who we are as women according to God. How do we define ourselves as women? What questions should we be asking and what actions should we take in discovering this? The most essential element of this discovery of womanhood seems to lie in the fact that women need to act for themselves. Definition cannot come from outside the woman and it cannot come without a recognition of the essentially female aspects that come from God.

I will close with one more quote from Helen Sunday because she articulates this better than I can ever hope to.

“The great, historic opportunity has been offered to them [women]. The gates have been flung wide for them. At last, the doors of the Doll House have been opened, and they have been invited to come into the great world outside. The rest is in their own hands”

Amen

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My friend posted a link to this project called Silent Voices. It is sort of a commentary on the experience of reading the Bible as a Christian man or woman. How do we experience stories differently based on our gender?

The Christian bible is the most beloved text in the world; cherished by billions and central to religious and communal tradition. I, as a man, find my gender reflected through characters I can relate to. The Silent Voices Bible is a project that offers that same experience to a billion faithful Christian women.

Jack presents the story of the Bible by switching the genders of every character. And yes, that means every character–even God. Before you turn away without giving this a chance, hear me out; I was skeptical at first too. The purpose of this project isn’t to obliterate the message of the Bible and use to serve a militant feminist agenda. The purpose of this is to provide a chance for thought and discussion around the experience of reading the Bible and placing yourself in the story.

When I saw this I immediately read Genesis 1-3 (my favorite Bible passage). I’m not sure if I can fully explain the experience of reading about a female God creating female first. It is easy to ignore the power of language and I think this project can really push us to consider things we’ve never thought about. I’m still thinking about all of this but please check it out. Here’s one of my favorites.

“Yahweh God formed woman from the dust of the ground, and breathed into her nostrils the breath of life; and woman became a living soul. Yahweh God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there she put the woman whom she had formed.”

genesis 2:7-8

I can’t wait to read about the Prodigal Daughter.

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Today I had one of my wisdom teeth pulled, in order to rest I watched this movie. It is a brilliant portrayal of hermaphroditism and a wonderful commentary on gender. I recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in gender issues. Also, it is available for instant play on Netflix so you should definitely check it out.

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While browsing the internet today I ran across this article on a blog.

The mother in the article describes her five year-olds Halloween experience. Her son begged her to go as Daphne from Scooby-doo and when he showed up at school in costume, it was the other mothers who put up the biggest protest.

It really disturbs me that grown women could be so cruel to a young child. In light of the recent flood of suicides by gay teens, this incident is especially poignant.

“If my daughter had dressed as Batman, no one would have thought twice about it. No one.”

This is one of my favorite quotes from the article because it really illustrates the inconsistencies in our logic on gender.

It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel. Even if you have a serious problem with the way someone is living their life, you never have any right to bully them in this way.

This story from ABC is about the recent suicides around the U.S. Five in three weeks, this is not okay…

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I found this post on Sociological Images (find the link on my sidebar) today and it is quite interesting. Not super deep, but just right for a lazy Saturday…

The basic gist? For some reason, it is weird for women to attend a baseball game and even weirder for them to eat and, GASP, talk. Sorry Mad and Laura, you guys are just not supposed to be at sporting events. And when you are there you probably only talk about shopping and other things that you would rather be doing…

“Women Talk, Eat at Baseball Game; Earth Stands Still” can be found here.

Happy Saturday!

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Here is an article written by a friend here at school in response to arguments about sexual purity on campus.

Thanks to a brother in Christ…

Every spring, I am surrounded by men who joke about short skirts and v-necks on women causing people to stumble. This type of “joking” is not funny and it indicates a deep oppression of women by men.

To all the women out there: I say to hell with that oppression. If men stumble, they stumble. You don’t need to take that. In fact, the men can deal with their own sexual urges. It is not your problem, only a more intentional repression of who you are as a human being and as a woman.

I say to hell with modesty for modesty’s sake. If you want to show those legs you have been working on all winter, feel free to wear that short skirt. If you want the world to notice that you sometimes want to express your sexuality via clothing, go for it with the v-neck and the cleavage.

Shout out to Christo Lute. Read more here…

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