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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Women: Know Your Limits
In honor of Mary and Martha - the two Saints of Perpetual Triangulation - whom we remember in tomorrow's lectionary, I offer this instructional video.
I first discovered this little gem - believe it or not - at a Very Orthodox website which is known to have members who froth at the mouth about LGBT people and break into a cold sweat when the conversation turns to the Ordination of Women.
The surprising thing was they 'got' it. They 'got' the joke.
It's amazing, however, how one can use church history, tradition and, of course, scripture - including the passages from John and Luke about Mary and Martha - to support one's conclusion that the "proper" role of women is either in the kitchen or at the feet of Jesus.
Never in any position of ordained leadership. Our brains are "too fluffy" for that.
"The woman has foolishly attempted to venture into the conversation with a wild and dangerous opinion of her own. What half-baked drivel! See how the men look at her in utter contempt."
Best we should only talk about how much we adore little kittens.
Anyway, enjoy the parody.
More on Mary and Martha tomorrow.