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).


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…

  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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