A look at sexism. . .
This summer, at Emory's Youth Theological Initiative we discussed many things over the course of the month. One of the issues that we spent a good while on was the issue of sexism in today's culture.
At first, I honestly didn't know what the big deal was about. Sure, old men call me "sweetie" during church related business meetings and commercials and advertisements featuring women can be pretty raunchy. But, I figured that that was the way it is and that it wasn't hurting anyone.
Well, after watching one of the "Killing Us Softly" documentaries featuring the role advertising plays in furthering sexism (produced by Jean Kilbourne) I began to understand what an important and real issue sexism is in today's culture and in my own life. The video that we watched at YTI was entitled "Still Killing Us Softly" and was filmed in 1987. Unfortunately that one wasn't on Youtube.com so I had to go with the newer, "Killing Us Softly III". Take a look:
After coming home from my month with YTI I couldn't turn on the T.V. without cringing for more than a month!
I honestly don't think sexism is something young people really think about too often. It's one of those "isms" that have fallen by the wayside; we don't think it's an issue anymore. And, I have to wonder why that is?
Sexism was never discussed during school like racism was and is. Sure, you cover the suffragists and voting rights, but all of that is in the context of "back in the day". I honestly can say that I have never heard the word "sexism" spoken in a classroom. Since sexism is never mentioned young people assume that it can't be an issue in today's world.
In thinking about sexism this summer I came to a very very startling realization in regards to sexism in the Church (at least it was a startling realization to me): I don't personally know any woman who is the senior pastor of a church. I know of 2 women who are senior pastors, but I have never met them. When I compared that with the amount of senior pastors whom I personally know who are men the difference was shocking to me.
I think one of the main things that shocked me (and scared me) -- beyond not personally knowing any women who are senior pastors -- was the fact that I had never even noticed sexism as somthing that exists in today's world until then. Sexism -- like in school -- is not discussed (in my experience) in church. . .
Why is that?
Have you ever thought about it?