I’ve seen some pretty dumb things on the internet. I’ve seen some pretty evil things on the internet. I’ve seen things that are both pretty dumb and pretty evil on the internet.
This has to be right up there with the dumbest and the worst.
Our friend the Motley Monk posted this.
From the “Stretches credulity” file: The Virgin Mary’s purity is offensive to victims of rape…
The bizarre title of a recent Washington Post op-ed caught The Motley Monk’s eye:
“Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary.
As a rape victim, that hurts me.”
The op-ed’s author, Ruth Everhart, has concluded that the Advent season sets Mary up as a problem.
Why? Mary’s purity.
How so? Everhart aruges:
- Mary sets “an impossibly high bar….Now the rest of us are stuck trying to be both a virgin and a mother at the same time.”
- It isn’t really Mary’s fault, in Everhart’s opinion. The Church has manipulated Mary into a model of purity. She writes: “Mary is not responsible for what we’ve done to her story. Church culture has overfocused on virginity and made it into an idol of sexual purity. When it comes to female experience, the church seems compelled to shrink and distort and manipulate.” Everhart asks Mary: “How do you feel about what the patriarchy has done with you?”
- For some people, “vaginas are inherently dirty,” Everhart states. “They can never be purified. And isn’t that the definition of hopelessness? Does it bother you that half of the human population is condemned to hopelessness because their body parts can never be pure?”
- Christians are also at fault for people feeling sexually dirty. She writes: “Maybe the church could ask body-owners to weigh in about their experiences. Most people have thoughts and feelings about their sexual selves. Having a body is complicated. It involves trial and error.
- It’s foolish to teach young people the virtue of purity or to appreciate abstinence before marriage. Everhart observes: “We want to pretend sexuality is something we can lock in a box and keep on a shelf. But a lockbox won’t work. Neither will a chastity belt or a purity ring. Certainly not the abstinence pledges they make young folks sign.”
Reading Everhart’s op-ed, The Motley Monk’s first thought was that Everhart is hurt and angry. And, as a victim of rape, she has every reason to be. Very sad, indeed.
How is Everhart coming to terms with the anger stirred in her by the Virgin Mary’s story? Everhard has become a pastor.
Could it be that this op-ed is more evidence of “faux news” on the part of the Washington Post?