And there are no tales of Jesus praising marriage, virginity, or family life. It may be that he values in this woman that she, like Gomer, longed to love and be loved, and would not settle for less. Jesus found a way to reach her spirit, through the integrity of her desire.

Family is a far, far, older tradition than Jesus, one that has evolved and is still evolving in its customs, and in its culturally attributed virtues and taboos. In many cultures virginity still has monetary value, and that value does not belong to the virgin, but to her elders. That value transfers to her husband, who pays a bride price for her, and then to her son, whose sonship comes from her. Jesus’ blessing and friendship are continually given to women who no longer have value, as virgins, as wives, or as mothers. These are women no one ‘owns.’ Their vulnerability appeals to him, where propriety, in neither men nor women, elicits any tenderness from him. The woman at the well, who belongs to no one, is free to give herself to God.
Nancy Rockwell (via thegeekyblonde)

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10:55 am  •  17 April 2014  •  61 notes

strangeasanjles:

the-fly-agaric:

caring more about animals than humans is not a sign of empathy, it is a way to distance yourself from problems that makes you uncomfortable.

when you talk about the treatment of animals and say “what if this was done to humans!?” remember that this was, or still is done to humans.

I have zero patience for people who prioritize Veganism over anti-racism and feminism

Exactly my stance.

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10:10 am  •  17 April 2014  •  7,420 notes