Freebie Friday: “Trapped” Sophia

Today I’m giving away a free print of Sophia “Trapped“. The original sold last week. There are still prints available.

I had a dream last night in which a friend was telling me how, in his experience, the bible had been consistently used as a weapon against him. The bible, for him, was totally negative. I empathized with him. We went on to talk about how prayer was often used in the same way.

This is an image that has had a powerful impact on so many people, especially women. You’ll be happy to know that Sophia escapes from her slavery.

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  • powerful and evocotive although my words can’t express how amazing this image is …

  • Robin Andress

    I follow you on fb. Thanks for your thoughtful work.

  • oh this image makes me so angry, it’s visceral

  • Thanks again, Dave, for these wonderful offers. One day I hope to meet you in person.

  • Brigit Das

    Even in such a desperate situation of oppression Sophia is hauntingly beautiful. I am happy, but not surprised, that Sophia escapes from her slavery. She has amazing strength and courage. Thank You for sharing such beautiful and thought provoking images, David. I admire your work very much! 😉 x

  • tc

    Enjoy your weekend.

  • Jennifer F Moore

    “Trapped” shows the struggle that many women experience, I know that I can relate. Optimistic that some day women won’t have to feel that way. Thank you for your artful way of calling it to people’s attention.

  • My wife would love this….

    but she’s in the kitchen making a sandwich for me right now.

  • The image is powerful, David. Have you taken note that most, if not all, of your drawing’s quotes come from Paul of Tarsus and the (Pauline) books of Peter? This is one of the reasons why Paul is NOT in my Bible. He may be in the Roman Catholic Bible, but Paul “the rogue apostle”, is not in mine. Cheers!

  • Of all the Sophia prints, I think this one is the most powerful.

  • David Waters

    Perfectionism is the counterfeit of excellence. Excellence is Kingdom, while perfectionism is religion. What ever you do, do it with all your might, and as unto the Lord. That is excellence

  • shmola

    a very evocative piece of work

  • Rachel

    this was the first drawing i ever saw of yours–definitely hit home as I’m sure it did and continues to for many women, and even other people who understand the concept of feeling beat down by supposed dictates. beautiful.

  • Eric Brotheridge

    I love your “Sophia” drawings, David!

  • Sam

    Im starting a sermon series on family this weekend. One of my points in the series is that women is kept in captivity by husband and society, this drawing is a perfect analogy for that. Thanks

  • Ryan

    This is really fitting for me today.

  • david

    This is the first time I’ve seen this one. I don’t know how I missed it, but it took my breath away. wow.
    –David S

  • I wept when I saw this.
    As a former prostituted girl & woman who was lifted out of my chains through grace & love, I was devastated to later realize the ‘institution” that was supposed to be a representative of my saviour was actually using his love letter to me -the bible- to oppress and invalidate my gender.
    I was enveloped early on into an amazing church where this is not an issue, but as I started to work with other churches and look outside my church family it was heart wrenching to see how God’s word is used as a weapon against women to demean, degrade and devalue us.
    I have been quoted as saying Jesus was the first feminist and I think that is true. Jesus gave a RADICAL new blueprint on how to relate, interact & treat women, I just don’t know where or how the message of that blueprint got lost. I think there are men, like yourself, who are trying to tear down that thinking, but we need a lot more to join in.
    Thanks for this powerful message.

  • Powerful!

  • Mark

    And Christianity still treats women better than some other faiths.

  • Ann

    Loved today’s cartoon. As a woman training as a second career seminarian. I really love this cartoon.
    Fellow seminarians introduced me to your website

  • Mylinda

    I work in advocacy for women and find your art names and shows many of the key challenges and graces of life for women. Thank you

  • Marci

    “Trapped” speaks to me more than any of your other cartoons. It makes me cry and give me joy when I realize I no longer have to live in those chains.

  • The bible has been and continues to be used as a weapon against a great many groups. It’s really sad.

  • Men and women need to arrange their affairs according to their God given strengths. Every marriage turns out somewhat differently. There is no cookie-cutter.

    Still, a well-ordered household of family and faith is a beautiful thing to behold in which members can thrive in security and individuality. Mutual love and respect is the joy of life.

    How many women in the world would love to have a husband who actually cares about her (and not just her looks), who actually cares to speak a word of faith to the family (and not make it the “female” thing in the house), who can earn enough so that she can look after the household? Who actually cares about raising the children they have rather than pursue his hobbies or worse addictions? How many women would rather not have the “support” of being dropped off at the abortion clinic but of an actual provider who will pour his life into his family?

    There are only so many scenarios. And here we have children involved. When there are children, we come way after that. Every woman who tried to juggle career and family knows that, and in every profession where the stress is high, women with children need many accommodations to make their career work for all involved.

    My sisters-in-law are medical specialists with demanding work. Neither married early and neither raised any children. This is a choice but also a quandary if that have not gone into this lifestyle intentionally.

    Statistically, women work many fewer hours in medicine than do men and conclude their careers much earlier. (This contributes to the Dr. shortage in many places.)

    Such are some of the realities.

    I am, personally, not one who cow-tows to men but can be pretty confrontational with any of them (having taught high school, maybe that the school marm). Yet, the benefits of a well-ordered life, especially for children, are not to be overlooked.

    It does not have to be depicted as enslavement.

  • Cassandra

    I remember having to work through most of these to get to where I am today. I <3 Sophia.

  • You may or may not find this either funny or helpful, but it does say something to me about the kind of family and husband I want. (I find it both funny and helpful.)

  • It’s amazing there are any women left in the Christian religion!

  • ttm

    Wow! This is a powerful picture.

    As I meditated upon the image, I started brainstorming ways that she might break free. To free herself, she’d have to be a contortionist who can ease out of painful restraints, into a precarious position and through restrictive barriers. If someone else came along to help her gain her freedom, she might not trust them enough to allow it. An earthquake might occur-terrifying though it would be–to shake everything loose and free her without any human effort… otherwise, she’s stuck.

    Once again, your images give my mind reasons to keep whirring and my heart reasons to keep expanding.

  • Lisa

    This one speaks volumes!!!

  • Faye

    A very challenging picture, and scary when you think that a lot of people, don’t find a problem with forcing that viewpoint on others.

  • Yes, this is a powerful image. The bible can be used as a tool to build bridges of hope or prisons of despair. As a gay man, I have experienced it as both. I chose to see the hope; although I know it to be there, I do not find any release for Sophia in this image.

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  • Christine Peisner

    One would think we had come so much farther, but it just isn’t the reality, is it?

  • This is a great image, it reflects a lot of what has been running through my mind lately.




  • Christine

    The “well-ordered” life description above is presented as if it’s what all or even most women want. Hardly! Makes me puke to think that would have to be my life.

    Ew, men, for starters. (No offense to present company.) Yuck, having to be provided for and having to mind the household! Ack! Just because it’s for you, Brigitte, doesn’t mean it should be forced on the rest of us. You want a choice – and so does everyone else. Otherwise, it is enslavement, no matter what you end up with.

    I have a well-ordered life. Love, happiness, provision. Family and career well in balance. Household minded and children planned. (Needed accommodations readily available, gladly provided, constitutionally protected.) Everyone playing to their God-given strengths – and thriving from the freedom to do so.

    Would you put me in chains because I’m not like you?

  • Christine, I am very happy your life is “well-ordered.” We know, however, that many are not. And I did not really give descriptions of a “well-ordered” life.

    I have always worked together with my husband in business and I certainly like to be out of the house. But we made our particular life together work and that involved me bending more for his career than me pursuing one. When I tried to add my own career back into the mix it just about bowled us over. It could not be done. Not with children and driving in Canadian winters, etc.

    Many lives are seriously messed up. My daughter married last year. The couple is quite young but mature. My son-in-law is presently finishing his training for being a journey-man at 21 years old. All the other guys in class (no gals in this) are much older, have no property, have to pay child-support, aren’t married, but have to pick up kids from daycare because they are court-ordered… The stories are hair-raising. These children will grow up in near poverty likely even though they have dads that work, nor will they likely see their dad’s much…

    And yes, my daughter is presently completing a master’s degree (at 23 years old). Each situation is different, but in the end when children are desired, as they usually and naturally are, the burden nearly always falls more heavily on the female. And then it will be very nice for her to have someone committed to her and the children.

  • Beau Beauchamp: you are the winner of the Sophia “Trapped” print. I’ll need your mailing address emailed to me. Congratulations.

  • Christine

    No argument here, Brigitte, on the benefits of two people committed to each other and their children. No argument that a committed partner (of whatever gender) is better than an absent or delinquent one (of whatever gender). No argument that family burdens do, in our society at the present time, fall mostly on women.

    But I read your post as PRESCIPTIVE. That the solution for this was to have women be dependent on men. Your post certainly implies that a particular “order” of the household, with men providing and women sacrificing, is better than other options, or at least less likely to go horribly wrong.

    Maybe if men are so horribly uncommitted (which seems a gender stereotype to me), the solution for women is simple: lesbianism. Worked for me.

  • Christine

    In case it wasn’t clear, that last line was meant jokingly. Couldn’t help myself.

  • Vie

    I’m just wondering, do you take those verses literally?
    Or is this an example of some people taking snippets of verses (like those) wildly out of context in order to, say, enslave women?
    In my opinion I see the latter to be true.
    I’ve researched the historical context of what the writers were talking about and it really doesn’t justify the segregation of women in the church.
    Besides, that was NEVER what Jesus taught. He demonstrated the opposite if anything…

  • agreed vie

  • Cynthia McClaskey

    I have been trying to locate the artist that drew this pic, (“Trapped” Sophia) to ask permission to use it as artwork for a book I have written called,”Religion’s Cell: Doctrines of the Church that lead to bondage and abuse.” This picture depcicts the theme of my book. Are you the artist? If so, would you allow me the permission to use this as artwork for the cover of my book? Thank you, Cynthia McClaskey