I am sorry to have typed that word right in the title, but there is just no way to sugar coat around this ugly word. Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog tries to justify it in his post That Lutheran Jezebel Lady by saying it’s what the ladies called themselves, but that does not justify his using it. Especially as a pastor.
How did this come up? Because Doug Wilson is losing his mind over the idea that anyone else, particularly a female anyone else, dislikes purity culture so much that they collected the purity rings young girls were given, melted them down and had a metallic vaginal-looking statute made from the rings.
This was a female pastor and she meant this gesture as healing thing for those shamed, bullied, repressed and harmed by the extreme focus on virginity that was rife in the church for many years. Her name is Nadia Bolz-Weber and she has a book coming out titled “Shameless” that is about reclaiming our bodies and our sexuality.
Naturally Doug has to make it about the grossest language possible, threatening and demeaning, while his own thin masculinity is threatened by a statue. He is all about putting women down, shaming, blaming and name calling.
Not to mention he’s being praised for using the word by his followers, while he’s claiming he didn’t use it, it’s just those nasty women using it. Those nasty guys approve of his saying the ultimate bad word like it’s a badge of honor.
In a world, a Christian world that is slowly coming to grips on how purity culture harmed a generation of women this is especially vile behavior. The main thrust of purity culture was to make all young women not only controllers of their own sexuality, but gatekeepers of the sexuality of young men as well. Young men should be the ones responsible for controlling their own sexual urges, not young women!
All these troubles with sex, sexuality, marriage and male-female relationships in Evangelicalism can be traced back in some way to the notion of young women being responsible for the purity of others. It’s toxic and it needs to die a swift death.
Here’s what Bolz-Weber had to say about it:
“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.”
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