Beginnings…

6 Jan

So I decided to start a blog……I am guessing, like so many others, this is a way for me trying to mark a new year.  (I used to buy pencil cases as a nostalgic gesture to past new years returning to school.)

This blog is a chance for me to practice writing in anticipation of my ‘jolly postman’ like youth work book (copywrite applies!)  It also gives me a rant space which I am sure my husband will think is a good development.  I particularly like to think  about youth injustice; work with young women; youth participation; Women and Church; Women and Christianity; Gender; Feminism; Theology and a specific American Pastor who shall remain nameless!

I posted this photo of me and my gorgeous little girl – Esme – as it helps sum up some of what I want to explore – ‘What is it to be feminine?’  (Note Esme’s finger!)  I want to be provocative about seeing change for Women – especially Christian Women.  I long to see Women of all ages released and stepping into who they are in Jesus…..Women made in the image of God (not the image of men).

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10 Responses to “Beginnings…”

  1. Heidi January 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    This is an interesting subject. For as long as I can remember I have equated femininity with being ‘ladylike’ – however I’m not sure I agree anymore. It seems to me to be a sort of tyranny.

    • ruthwells January 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

      I agree. Is being feminine just some kind of social control or behavioural conditioning? Who is being ‘ladylike’ for?
      Thanks Heidi. x

  2. Lizz Selway January 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Hey Ruth,

    This is a fab idea 🙂 I have been pondering on doing this myself for some months and you have inspired me to stop thinking about it and act!

    Love your pink cardi! xxx

    • ruthwells January 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

      Glad I have inspired you!
      Look forward to reading your blog…maybe you could put some of your thoughts about female ‘worship leaders’ out there! I think that would get some people thinking.

  3. Heidi January 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Why hasn’t my comment posted? 😦 Will try again.

    For as long as I can remember, I have equated femininity with being ‘ladylike’. I don’t know where this came from, and I’m not sure I agree anymore. It seems to me to be a tyranny.

  4. shannon January 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I love this. Didn’t know you were so interested in Women and Christianity. That’s awesome and it’s good to have people and a place (if a blog is a “place”??) to discuss. Have you read Martin Scott’s book “For Such A Time As This”? It was something that has been key in liberating me as a female who grew up in the Southern Baptist Church and feeling like less because I was female. God is still liberating me in this way. Love you Ruth!

  5. Lisa M January 10, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Hi Ruth,
    I’ve not really followed a blog before but it seems like you have some interesting topics to discuss. I’ll be watching with interest…
    Lisa

  6. Heidi January 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve been doing a little reading on this topic. What springs to mind if I give you three words: strength; power; aggression? Are they feminine or masculine attributes? Both?

    • ruthwells January 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

      Honest confession my immediate response is masculine! Upon reflection though I don’t think that’s true…..Is it even possible to assign attributes to gender?

  7. Heidi January 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    It challenges me, but when I consider sportswomen in particular, it seems clearer!

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