After the Women’s March on Washington D.C., a Texas judge posted: “Just think about this. After just one day in office, Trump managed to achieve something that no one else has been able to do: he got a million fat women out walking.” An Indiana State Senator reposted a meme stating “In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.”
The man who originally posted the meme has since expressed regret: ‘I want to apologize for the insensitive social media post …This represented a momentary lapse in judgment on my part for which I am truly sorry, …This does not reflect my feelings toward women….’
We all make mistakes, and perhaps jokes at women’s expense is one of the most common–and most commonly accepted–ones. In fact, so accepted that many men probably feel it’s a “non-issue.” But think about this:
“Those who have advanced in the Christian life have learned to develop an almost mystical memory that keeps them attuned to the fact that God is always with them … always watching, always caring, always hearing. …do I look at women through the eyes of God? Do I listen to them and hear them as God hears them? Do I think about them as God thinks about them? And do I speak of them as God would have me speak of them? …A man who refrains from lust but who looks at women with condescension and disrespect is not a godly man. His corruption may be of a different sort from the one who undresses women in his mind, but he certainly can’t live a compelling life. Why not? Because he hasn’t learned what it is to truly love.” Gary Thomas
“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Men, are you sensitive to how women are often treated “with condescension and disrespect” (or worse) simply because they’re women? Do you notice this in others around you? Do you notice it in yourself?
- Women, have you grown so accustomed to being invisible, powerless or unappreciated that you have come to expect it and settle for it?
- As a Christian, are you putting up with these kinds of attitudes in your political party? …in your church? …in your home?
Abba, teach me what it is to truly love.
For More: Simply Sacred by Gary Thomas
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Unfortunately, headlines about fat woman are good for calling attention.
“Violence is any way we have of violating the integrity of the other. Racism and sexism are violence. Derogatory labeling of any sort constitutes violence. Rendering other people invisible or irrelevant is an act of violence. So is manipulating people towards our ends as if they were objects that existed only to serve our purposes.” Parker Palmer
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