It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about women’s issues. It isn’t for a lack of passion about it, but in many ways it’s perhaps because I’ve said my piece…and the last few times I’ve posted about it, most of the comments were from other men who wanted to waste my time arguing theology, which tended to make the posts counter-productive. So mainly I’ve been focusing more on living out these convictions more than just talking about them.
If I could boil down the whole issue of gender equality (both in and out of the church) into one sentence, I think it’s this: Women have not had a legitimate voice in our culture. I know of very few women who truly feel their opinions and thoughts are given as much weight as that of a man in most arenas. I think most of the contending and activism and fighting over the years has really been about restoring a sense of legitimacy to the voice of the woman. In pondering this and really trying to hear the heart of women in the past year, I think women don’t just want to be heard. They want their voice to matter, because they do have something worth saying, whether it be through literal spoken word, or through expressions like art or music, or what have you.
Today is International Women’s Day, and as an aside to this post, I think it’s quite fitting that at last night Kathryn Bigelow was awarded the first Oscar for Best Director award ever given to a female director, for The Hurt Locker. Congratulations, Kathryn!
On that note, I think it best to shut up now and refer you to a recent blog post by a woman who shares some of what she feels about being wanted in this culture–a woman whose voice I’ve come to respect greatly. Go read this post by Kathy Escobar.
And if you’re tempted to argue theology in the comments here–rest assured your comments won’t be posted this time. Try to get the message this time: It’s not time for you to talk. It’s time for us to listen.