So for those blessed not to be in the know, Nadia Bloz-Weber, a bit of a Lutheran, built a golden calf in the shape of lady bits, out of melted purity rings. I presume she was protesting another golden calf, the idolization of purity culture. In fact, women sent her their purity rings and she used the very same gold from that golden calf….to build a new golden calf.
We’re a peculiar people, indeed.
I mean call me crazy, but the principles laid out in the bible are more like “don’t build golden calves.” Today it is more like, “Neener, neener, my golden calf is vastly superior to yours!” That’s a sticky wicket to address because my heart is more closely aligned with purity culture, because there is some genuine sweetness there, some biblical values, some truth and beauty to be found in father daughter relationships, in imparting a sense of self-worth into girls.
But, but, but, but, our identity is supposed to be in Jesus Christ, our sense of worth and value is supposed to flow FROM the cross, and not towards the cross. We do not extend our purity rings towards Him, He extends His own purity towards us. Just as one is not supposed to be defining oneself by their sexual identity and perceived gender, be it LGBTQ, one should also not be defining their very being and identity, by their sexual purity and virginity either.
So there’s some little known history about the church sure to offend our delicate sensibilities, but prior to our somewhat prudish Victorian mores about female anatomy that now permeate the Western church, we actually had yonic baptismal fonts in churches. CT did a brief article about this which is available at the link.
We actually had yonic statues in front of churches, too. If you want to get a real feel for what the early church and the ancient church was like, well, it was actually devoid of Victorian mores and purity culture, and devoid of Westernized shame about female anatomy. In fact, it was disturbingly blatant about it, by modern sensibilities.
We’re a peculiar people indeed, but seriously what better a way to signify the new birth and regeneration, then a literal artistic rendering of a birth canal as a baptismal?
If you want my opinion, which I’m sure you do, the Western world has always had this odd sexual dichotomy going on, this tension between Victorian Puritanism and repressed porn permeating everything 24/7. Victorian culture was absolutely legendary for its great sexual repression on the outside, often manifesting itself as great sexual perversion on the inside.
Before all that, and outside of the nobility, we actually had a much healthier, much more open approach to human sexuality. People were farming, animals reproduce, people have babies, and there was a practicality about the whole matter, that was not so heavily encased in traditions of endless shame, fear, and heavy religiosity.
“Tarrying” or “bundling” was actually a courtship ritual in Puritan days and across much of Europe prior. You would literally invite a guy over and spend the night in bed together, talking. Sorry to disappoint, but talking was actually the goal, building emotional intimacy. Sometimes they had a bundling board between them to help prevent other forms of intimacy.
That may sound a bit prudish to us today, but it’s actually very female centric. What’s a common complaint of women in modern times? He never listens to me. How do you promote well being, build a sense of security, create intimacy, assure loyalty, nurture her empowerfulness? You listen and talk to her, communicate.
There’s a fun verse in Deuteronomy 24:5, in which we get our concept for the modern honeymoon from,“When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.” Some versions actually say, “bring happiness to the wife he has married.”
That kind of stands there in stark contrast to the more Victorian perception of the long suffering, submissive wife, horribly oppressed, forced to just close her eyes and think of the Queen….
I touch on some of these ideas, some of these cultural differences to help dispel some myths, to make a point that the modern narratives we are promoting, believing, subscribing too, are actually false, and that they are being used to sell people, especially women, an agenda.
Take for example sklyjd’s words to me in another thread, “The fact that women were seen as weak and mostly useless by men who thought them only fit for the mundane daily domestic tasks and serving men’s needs obviously does not resonate with you.”
Now that is just the nicest thing anyone has said to me in a long time! It may not have been intended that way, but I am so happy someone noticed! Quite true, the idea that “women were seen as weak and mostly useless by men and thought fit only for mundane domestic tasks,” does NOT resonate with me. It does NOT resonate with me because it is NOT true, because both history and the nature of most men do not reflect that modern deception, that modern lie.
The question that we should really ask is, why are people so invested in making sure it DOES resonate with me? The answer to that is because there is a powerful political agenda today that needs to convince women we are all hapless, helpless, historical victims, in need of progressive rescue and care.
And if you want my opinion, which I’m sure you do, the church has often reacted to these cultural deceptions, fought back so to speak, not by looking to the bible, not by looking to the early church and simply standing there, but by reacting, by making a point of fleeing in the other extreme direction….
“Purity culture” is not churchian tradition, it is not biblical, it is not representative of the “good old days,” it was actually born in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It sprung up in response to sexual liberation, in response to hook up culture, in a political backlash. It is actually a new invention only a few decades old. It is not representative of historical Christianity nor is it really a, “preservation of traditional values.”
A bit comical, but if you truly wanted to honestly “preserve and protect ancient Christian traditions,” I think we’d all be reinstalling our yonic baptismal fonts.
What can I say, we’re a peculiar people, indeed.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1 Peter 2:9