Does this pulpit make my butt look big?
This blog is about to get WAAAY too personal but... well... ahem... I am reasonably well endowed in the chest area. (not by modern silicon standards of course).
This means I've learned to be careful about what I wear... ie no printed slogans across the chest, beware of buttons that might gape, avoid clingy clothes. When I was younger I was known to have conversations with men that were entirely directed to my breasts... a most disconcerting experience. So I've learned to err on the side of discretion.
Which is why when on a casual cruise through revgalblogpals (http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.com/) I was somewhat taken aback by their promotional tee-shirt, which has a slogan titled: "Does this pulpit make my butt look big?" strategically emblazoned across the chest area (http://www.cafepress.com/blogpals.26660224)
Now women have had a long struggle (that still goes on!) to be seen as competent rather than decorative or sexy. Women in ministry in particular have faced long struggles to achieve credibility.These struggles continue. I personally believe if you work as a professional, you should dress professionally when working... which a style of dress that is neither overtly sexual or excessively casual (ie no "tracky dacks" when in working). Like it or not, presentation is one of the factors that help one be taken seriously (or not!)
My reaction to the revgalpals promotional tee shirt was... "is this supposed to be an invitation for men to stare at your chest, and then follow the instruction to examine your rear and pronounce judgment? What were revgalpals thinking?"
However... this is a site developed by mature women in ministry, so maybe it's just me. I'd love to read your responses about this! Could the readers of Secret Women's Space please vote on the following options:
A I agree with you absolutely. It's important for women in ministry to do all they can to maintain their professionalism and credibility.
B Oh lighten up Janet... this is funny.
C I think you just don't get the American sense of humor... this is hilarious in the States. It's not your fault: (and they usually don't get Australian jokes either.)
D You are a pathetic old prude... get over it. A woman's body is a beautiful thing.