Last evening I have read a wonderful piece of writing by Ashley Judd. Check out the article at the Daily Beast here. Her piece decries the “reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification.” She continues “Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.”
Let me first say to all the women I have ever met, I am sorry if I have done this. I try to value your personhood. Please call me out if I fail. I want to try harder.
Judd calls our society, our culture out over patriarchy. She says “Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women.”
This reminds me of the Scripture in Galatians 3:28: There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
I read this Scripture and interpret this to mean that there is equality in Christ Jesus. If Jesus accepts gender equality and racial equality, then who are we to judge based on the color of one’s skin; who are we to diminish the accomplishments of women. When we do these things, we diminish ourselves, as men and women, as humanity.
Judd asks us to “Join in—and help change—the Conversation”
Will you join in? What are ways you are changing?