That said, I think the ladies were too eager to place the earliest Christian women on equal footing with the men based on 21st century Western gender equality values. I used to see variations of this quite often during my years in Asia. Western women would project their own cultural values on to Asian society, in ways that portrayed the women as second class citizens. The Asian women generally felt otherwise, and were quite happy with their own roles.
As such, it doesn't surprise me that Jesus chose 12 male apostles, for that was during a time when it was likely very dangerous for women to assume such controversial itinerant roles. But this isn't to say that they wouldn't have had significant roles. As I said, I'm sure that they did.
To suggest, as the ladies did, that the women were whitewashed from the early history after Constantine seems highly problematic since Nicea was concerned with narratives preceded this time. The subsequent post Constantine whitewashing is regretable.
The problem arises when this thinking is applied to the synodic gospels. For example, to suggest that this it is unfair that Joanna deserves equal billing to the more well known characters, because she and other women financed the "whole" operation, which is not well established, flies in the face of how we act now, modern women included...
For example, I'd bet 1000 pounds that both of the ladies will know who starred in the original Mary Poppins.
And, I'll bet another five grand that neither will know who financed this classic.
My confidence is based on this disparity reflecting a timeless template, rather than sexism, as the ladies seem to suggest. WE tend to remember the stars rather than everyone involved.
But I do get their frustration, and would like to see our understanding of women's historical roles raised. So in all I see the video as a net positive. I also think the time has long since passed for the Catholic Church to start spending more time telling the stories of Its saints, women included. Finally, if I had any say in the matter I would vote tomorrow to allow women to be priests.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 29-Apr-19 14:31 by Poster Boy.