Vol. 2 Issue 10 | March 11, 2016

Vol. 2 Issue 10 | March 11, 2016

Did you know: Tuesday was International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, and intellectual achievements of women!

Three “Empowered” Women in Pop Culture This Week

1. #Liberated

What It Is: Leveraging International Women’s Day for self-promotion, Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on Twitter and the Internet exploded. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz challenged Kim to teach girls they have more to offer than their bodies. Kim’s response? Another nude selfie captioned “#liberated”, followed by a “Kanye-esque” Twitter rant.

Why It's Important: Kim’s influence is titanic, with 41.5 million Twitter followers. She defines a #liberated woman as one who is free to flaunt her body saying, “I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality.” Kim’s supporters accused Moretz of slut-shaming. Days later, the controversy continues.

Ask your male and female students: Is Kardashian truly liberated, or is she only perpetuating the lie that women exist as sexual objects?

2. Rihanna Works It

What It Is: Rihanna’s song Work has now been at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 3 weeks. She is currently the world’s most listened to female artist on Spotify, and boasts more Hot 100 hits than Michael Jackson.

Why It's Important: As the victim of physical abuse herself, one might think her art would model safe and meaningful relationships. Instead, her two-part music video for Work promotes emotionally vacant sexual encounters where female empowerment is achieved by feeling sexy in vacuous relationships.

Ask your students: When does victimization turn into self-victimization?

3. Ariana Grande Is Getting Dangerous

What It Is: Today, Ariana Grande released a new song called Dangerous Woman.

Why It's Important: Ariana previewed the song in a Victoria’s Secret advertisement singing, “Something about you makes me want to do things I shouldn’t.” The title of her upcoming album has been changed from Moonlight to Dangerous Woman because Ariana “wants to be empowering her fans”, hinting that female power comes from illicit behavior.

Flipping the Script on Modern Feminism

Pop culture claims that all three of these women are empowered, however, the end result looks more like enslavement. And this vision of feminism is capturing the minds and hearts of our students. However, in Jesus, we find the very redefinition of feminism. Despite his own cultural norms, Jesus believed in the fully human woman. His ministry was supported financially by women. He taught them, and spoke to them in public. He healed them. Women were among his followers. It is women to whom he first appeared after his resurrection. It was woman, after all, who turned God into flesh!

Jesus empowers women to live into their God-given identities as image-bearers; as Christian parents and teachers, it is imperative for us to do likewise. Here are five women your students should know about who are harnessing their God-given feminine nature to bring truth, beauty, and goodness into our cultural experience.

Five Legitimately Empowered Women:

  1. Ava Duvernay: Director and screenwriter known for her movie Selma, she is the first black, female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
  2. Abby Johnson: Left Planned Parenthood to found And Then There Were None, a ministry mobilizing abortion clinic workers to leave the abortion industry.
  3. Ann Voskamp: Keynote speaker at Q, and author of New York Times bestseller “One Thousand Gifts.”
  4. Dr. Kara Powell: Named by Christianity Today as one of the “50 women you should know”, Kara’s research is helping students develop lifelong faith.
  5. Christine Caine: Convicted by girls being bought and raped for profit, Christine and her husband founded the A21 Campaign to confront slavery in Eastern Europe.