Quick link: When Value and Gender Intertwine

How appropriate that this week, following news of an honor killing in Pakistan of a pregnant woman, the topic of the month for SheLoves is Honor. Lest anyone jump to the lazy conclusion that ‘all Muslims’ commit honor killings, I have to say that I could tell story after story of Djiboutian girls who get pregnant outside of marriage and are supported and loved by their families.

What is the good news that I love? My understanding of it has deepened over the years and almost nothing has impacted me more profoundly than my growing understanding of honor and shame.

gender and value

So that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:5,6)

The idea of being valued by God and adopted like a son, used to sound sexist. And not really important. I have two sisters and a brother and my parents make it exceedingly clear that we are equally valued and, if there is anything left, will receive equal amounts of an inheritance. I felt no gender-based shame and never worried that I might be overlooked or neglected by my parents. So I skimmed over those promises about sonship in the Bible and thought, ‘oh, that’s nice.’

Until I lived in country where value and gender are intimately intertwined. Until I became conscious of my gender every single time I step out our front door because kids shout at me…

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