It’s true, the Women’s Center would like to sell the remaining commemorative t-shirts from Friday’s performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. But it’s occurred to at least one of the staff members here that a good way to do that would be to make them an occasion for bringing the message of the church’s involvement in violence against women to a wider audience. A simple way to do that would be to encourage folks to make a gift of a t-shirt to their pastors.
When you give a pastor a t-shirt that says “V is for Venite — days without violence are coming”, you have an opportunity to talk about why the Women’s Center at LPTS decided to perform The Vagina Monologues here in the first place:
because violence against women is an issue for the community of faith, because it’s a violation of a part of God’s human creation, and because where the community is called to cry out for justice, the cry against violence against women needs to be part of that message.
And because the church has for long (by “long,” we mean a couple of millennia) also been complicit in promoting images of and attitudes about women that invite violence, counseling women to bear with violence out of a misplaced understanding of the meaning of love, and slow to name violence against women for the injustice to women and the offense to God that it is.
And because the pulpits of many, many congregations continue to be places of silence around violence against women, places where the proclamation of the word doesn’t make room for naming and addressing this reality.
This t-shirt is an opportunity and an invitation to say “yes, it’s important to be frank here: we live in a world where considering women’s pleasure is made taboo, where women’s pain is tolerated, and where causing women pain is condoned. This is wrong. As women’s neighbors and as members of the church of Jesus Christ, we need to say so. Transforming this aspect of the world is part of the total transformation that we are hoping for in God’s realm of justice and peace.”
All that for $15 + shipping. We hope you’ll think about it.
Note: Shirts are black, 100% preshrunk cotton, with image above on front and image below on back. Still available in sizes S-M-L-XL.