Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The lessness of her-self




“And what does a girl, who is forming her identity, do with all the scriptures admonishing women to submission and silence? Having them “explained away” as a product of an ancient time does not entirely erase her unease. She also experiences herself missing from pronouns in scripture, hymns and prayers. And most of all, as long as God “himself” is exclusively male, she will experience the otherness, the lessness, of herself; all the pious talk in the world about females being equal to males will fail to compute in the deeper places inside her.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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