Grid Blog for International Women's Day: Being Human
Here is that passage from Dorothy Sayers’ “The Human-Not-Quite-Human” essay:
“Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as “The women, God help us!” or “The ladies, God bless them!”; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could possibly guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything “funny” about woman’s nature.
But we might easily deduce it from His contemporaries, and from His prophets before Him, and from His Church to this day. Women are not human; nobody shall persuade that they are human; let them say what they like, we will not believe it, though One rose from the dead.”
On this, International Women’s Day, let us celebrate our Humanness! Let us dismantle the edifice in the church that keeps women relegated to non-human roles. Let us smash Patriarchy, but also grieve for the brokenness of mankind. Let us remember women in the Congo, Darfur, Afghanistan, India, and so many other places where the perverse rule of Patriarchy is stealing dignity and destroying lives. Let us lift our voices and join Christ's song of Emancipation!
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