Month: May 2014

Am I an Anti-Feminist Hypocrite? Vote!

Apparently my HTML coding isn’t sufficient to create a pop-up with the following content warning: “The following theology blog is written by a woman and thus is not appropriate for Christian men to read. If you are male, please click away from this blog immediately. Thank you.”

But consider this your warning. Men, flee the devil and this blog!

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I also tried creating a Google filter to restrict readers of my blog to only women. Also, if you are under the age of 12, the filter will let you through. But once you hit 13, it’s over, kid (if you’re a guy). But this ended up not being possible either. I’m just failing at technology these days.

Okay, so none of that is actually true at all. Here’s a slightly more complex take on gender roles in Christianity and what that means for this blog.

I don’t actually know what I believe about women in leadership in the church. By which I mean that I’m not sure where I am emotionally on the subject or where I am in my interpretation of biblical passages. (If you think this issue is clear-cut, try reading some good, scholarly works on the other side and see if you don’t change your mind.) This is one of three theological topics I’m going to think about and research this year. (Yes, I have a list.)

Last week, though, I made a firm conclusion about how Christianity and gender relate: it is not a sin for women to cut their hair.

At age 10, the way I came to that conclusion was by looking around and noticing that a lot of the women in my church had short hair and God wasn’t striking them dead for their blatant sin. So I concluded that what I thought passages like 1 Corinthians 11:14-16.

In this case, that doesn’t seem like a bad way to do things. Because my original conclusion (“I am a sinner for having short hair”) is pretty obviously false.

In the same way, “No males should read this blog” is a conclusion that I think very few people would agree with, even though there are some passages of Scripture that could imply this. (more…)

Haircuts: The Bible, Mulan, Jo March, and Anne of Green Gables Respond

I had my first exegetical crisis at age ten.

Because everyone should have to deal with tricky New Testament passages about gender roles in elementary school. Obviously.

Let me explain. Until jr. high, I steadfastly refused to grow out my hair. I’m not exactly sure why, except that it probably had something to do with the fact that everyone told me I should have long hair, and I was/am a stubborn little punk.

Here I am, sporting my awesome quasi-bowl cut. We can talk later about my mad accordion skills.

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One day, though, reading my Bible like they always told us to do in Sunday School, I came across 1 Corinthians 11:5-6:

“But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.”

Oh no! I thought to myself. I’m a spiritual disgrace! (more…)