This article focuses on a little-discussed, negative effect of American Christian purity culture on women. Purity culture conditions women to not trust their body. This conditioning can negatively affect women’s bodily response when they experience physical trauma.
In our quest for equality for women, egalitarians need to look at which women we are centering. Any egalitarian theology that assumes and centers white women’s experience over the experience of women of color is antithetical to the Gospel.
One woman shares a story about her everyday encounters with racism and sexism and the double bind women of color experience. She also explores how we can see one another as God’s image bearers, regardless of race or sex.
A victim-advocate shares her own story of domestic abuse and how her church responded. She also gives tips for how churches can teach congregants to recognize gender-based abuse and release victims from their silence.
One woman’s story about experiencing sexual abuse and sexism in the #ChurchToo, and how learning about consent from Jesus can show us how to reclaim our God-given bodily agency and have healthy relationships.
I know that lack of sex and consent education harmed my husband’s and my sex life in the early years of our marriage. But as I look back, I realize that’s only one side of the coin. The other was biblical illiteracy.
Instead of allowing fairy tales to reinforce gender stereotypes, Christians can use them as an opportunity to show girls how they can live out the calling of all followers of Christ to follow in his footsteps.