The Woman’s Role: What’s Wrong With This Picture? [casual fri]


In my research for this on-going series on Women and the Church, I ran across this picture above. And for this Friday, I wanted to throw it out there to get people’s reactions.

If you agree with the overall point, do you appreciate the representation? Do you think this is a helpful representation? How would you present your perspective differently, in visual form?

If you don’t agree with it, what would you say to the designers of this picture? How would you counter this use of this verse? What bothers you the most about the picture? Is there any core of truth to this picture?


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4 thoughts on “The Woman’s Role: What’s Wrong With This Picture? [casual fri]

  1. It’d be hard to capture the muti-faceted aspects of that verse in a picture. Just about the only aspect that IS slightly captured is that of homemaking. Not to mention…it is pretty incomplete even in that regard…as the women could be slandering others and disrespecting their husbands while they make cake.


  2. The first thing I noticed about this image was the grammatically incorrect use of the word “to.” Typos aside, I have a problem with this seeing as a) I am a woman and b) I am not religious. A book written thousands of years ago has no place in our modern society, except in the instances that it has been revised to account for these sociological changes, and even then it relies too heavily upon the facets of life when it was written. If we were to truly follow the words in the Bible, both men and women would be “proven” to have taken up positions in society they should not have taken up. From a design standpoint, it works well in combination with the verse–even if I do completely regard the verse as utter nonsense. If they were trying to prove something by combining the text and image, I feel they’ve wasted their time. Put more effort into something that could actually stand a change of being changed at this point in our evolution.


    • You are in many ways very right, I think. A Book written in any time and culture that is incredibly different from ours deserves to be understood in the time and culture it was written in, and needs studied interpretation in how that would apply to today. The other main difference that people often forget to apply is that the Old testament is written as part of an old covenant, an old agreement with God, and thus is based on a different set of premises by it’s human writers. While the Christian belief is that God has made available to us his perfection within the Bible, and that his truths are eternal, that doesn’t make this still, an old book with different expressions, meanings, different types of text with different purposes (like stories, songs, poems, history, parables, etc). So, yes, if we followed the Bible with an exactly literal translation, especially of the Old testament, it would be incredibly weird.


  3. I think it’s more about intention rather than the physical picture. If this were hung in my sisters house, being a church planter, loving wife, soon-to-be mother, in the process of ordination and supportive of women and men ministering in the gifts God has given them, prayerfully reconsidering church traditions, it would be seen as being a part of a larger dialogue that is affirmative and loving, as well as probably with a bit of a wink to more literal interpretations of Scripture. However, given the ‘Biblical Proof’ line, I’m more inclined to think that this is meant as an axiomatic affirmation, a sort of ‘rah rah’ for those who are legalistically inclined, and a slap in the face for those who take a liberal view (and while Christianity is neither owned by liberalism or legalism, it contains us the sinners in both camps). Hopefully all Christians can agree that while proclaiming truth is central to our faith, that doing so lovingly is absolutely essential. An image like this, whatever the original intentions, can and probably already has been used by both those who agree and disagree in ways that are meant to shame, rather than lovingly confront.

    Up here in the north (and probably in the U.S. too,) this would be met with mostly scorn from a secular culture about how religious beliefs keep us mired in unenlightened times. The unfortunate truth is that without good hermeneutics from intentional study, beliefs can easily become weapons of safety and power and twisted to suit the needs or beliefs of the individual, and really can cause a lot of damage.

    I think in most cases it’s more about intention derived from context than the actual image. As a discussion piece on a blog where the authors beliefs are well documented, an image like this can generate good discussion. Left in isolation, the image could be hurtful.


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