Can we at least slut-shame her?

"Slut-Shame Her" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Slut-Shame Her” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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The poor woman caught in a adultery never stood a chance… being born a woman.

Where was the man? Probably in the crowd of stone-throwers.

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2 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    I like the story, although it is thought by some to be added in … by visionaries or well-meaning believers… and well after the early manuscripts.

    But then, I lean towards ‘history should not be rewritten’, and the ancient writers had no problem adding to the text and stating that Jesus spoke it during his lifetime.

    Nonetheless, you bring up the entire discourse of the ‘innocent man’ and the ‘alluring woman’.

    And, in my generation, that when things get exposed, we tend to think the man was unable to resist ‘her temptations’… we assign him innocence and her evil intent.

    However, I wonder if Bill Clinton changed that entire discourse for my generation. He was a man of power, status, and wealth that seduced young women to be his sexual partners.

    Hmmmmm… just thinking this one through….

  2. Brigitte says:

    It’s a good cartoon in many ways.

    Only thing, maybe comment on this, according to people interviewed on CBC talk radio (my listening choice during mundane tasks), the word “slut” needs “rehabilitating.” This means that if someone acts like a “slut”, and is called a”slut”, that should all be good and ok.

    I ran this phrasing past a young woman who is supervisor at a University dorm. She only said : “Some words don’t need rehabilitating.” It is a good thought. We might ban it from the language.

    That there is a different standard in society, for males is sad and unjust, but might be unalterable, as males don’t even nearly have similar consequences to the behavior. It is just so much less risky for them. They should consider this when they lead a woman on or draw her into an uncommitted relationship. We may want to change all that, but some things are constrained by the facts of biology and also more intangible things.

    We might as well consider this as we grapple the western world’s coming to grips with other shame and honor codes. Also, as we grapple with the unslaught of images on all our devices available to people of all ages and stages in life, we need to find a way to see that not every woman is available to just anyone. There is definitely a cheapening effect through media.

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