I grew up thinking that only a man had written the Holy Scriptures and therefore, I felt pretty comfortable reading them. I mean, honestly, when would a woman have time to write, or learn to write, when she was busy in the kitchen? But, what if, come to find out (and it would be impossible to prove, I think) that a woman had a hand in writing the text? Would it change your or my perception of the text? For many, I think it would. I think that for some, Scripture would no longer be Scripture because a woman had dared to write the Holy Text. The article below is about a painting (to the right) of a woman drawing. For the longest, a man was thought to have painted it and during this time, it was a master piece, but when a woman was thought to have painted it, it became amateurish.
What if a woman is behind some of the Psalms? Or even some of the other unnamed parts of Scripture? Even… Matthew or Mark or Timothy?
“Are masculine and feminine concepts fair game for either gender? And does the content or materials of our artwork have a ‘gender’?” asks M. H. Elcin, one of the artists in the show whose gender is currently hidden by the use of initials. “Although we don’t expect definitive answers to these questions, we hope this exhibition helps us start a dialogue with each other and our audience about gender equality and art.” Elcin may be one of the 13 female artists exhibiting who have each invited a male artist to exhibit with her. Results will be posted on the museum’s website on May 7th. Results will also be e-mailed to voters along with the actual genders of the artists, thus setting the stage for even more debate.
Do we still perceive the work of women some how inferior to men?
HT to Dr. Gayle via facebook.
- The Defilement of the Hands as a Principle Determining the Holiness of Scripture (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)