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The news outlets over the past several months and recent days have highlighted sexual exploitation and abuse in politics, entertainment, business, and elsewhere. While not all of the headlines have been about the exploitation of women and girls, most of them have been. On International Women’s Day, we are reminded of how often women are exploited, endangered, and minimized, and of the need to highlight their infinite value as humans. Not just today, but every day, we need to elevate women rather than exploit them.
One of the ways we can elevate women rather than exploit them is to guard against fixating on body parts. Fixation on female bodies devalues them as whole people. See them as whole people, focusing on their character, personalities, spirits and minds.
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Another way we can elevate women rather than exploit them is to highlight their great accomplishments and their potential in making the church, our society, and the world flourish. Here are a few posts I have written in the effort to pay tribute to women and their profound and urgent concerns (See here, here, here, here, and here).
Along similar lines, it is important to bring to the foreground sacred texts that celebrate women leaders, especially against the backdrop of patriarchal cultures. The stories of Tamar, Ruth and Esther, Deborah and Mary, Mary...
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