What should Christian feminists do with their old “purity” rings, symbols of a patriarchal theology that has harmed countless women?
Melt them down, says progressive Christian author and theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber, and create something completely new.
On Monday, Bolz-Weber issued a call on Twitter for people to send her those rings “for a massive art project.”
This article, put out by the Huffington Post shows the pastor Bolz-Weber as a champion of women’s rights, and how women are regaining control of their bodies. I wasn’t aware that they had lost control of them in the first place? So basically being loyal to one person is now frowned upon by the left, nothing shocking or new there.
“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber told HuffPost. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”
Okay, this isn’t Harry Potter here folks, and I’m honestly trying to figure out at what point the church took away the power from any women in the last three decades? If you can name some, feel free to comment below, we’d love to hear about it.
With the help of artist Nancy Anderson, Bolz-Weber said she plans to melt down the rings that people send her and recast them as a “golden vagina.” She said that the project ― part of a promotion for Shameless, her upcoming book about sex and Christianity ― is about “reclamation” of women’s bodies.
“The difference between purity and holiness is that purity is always about separation ― separating ourselves from people who are less religious, separating ourselves from our sexual natures, from our desires,” Bolz-Weber explained. “But holiness is always about connection ― to God, to ourselves, to our nature.”
Does she have a point? Has the church kept women from expressing their true feelings and desires? Or is she off base, and the church’s point is that the focal point of a family is marriage, children, and living a purpose driven life towards God?
I’m sure this isn’t the last that we will see or hear from the radical pastor and her thoughts. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, is she right, or is she way off base?
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