Link: Photoshopped Goddesses: How the Gospel Frees Women – Sometimes a Light

My friend Hannah has a blog and now a book where she examines daily life in the light of the Gospel. I love it, and it always leaves me thinking.

Like today’s post about how our media-drenched culture isn’t the first to crush women under unrealistic expectations of beauty and womanhood:

I used to think that civilizations that worshiped goddesses would have a stronger view of women. After all, deifying women seems like a natural way to elevate their status in society. Turns out it doesn’t. It just sets the standard higher for us mortals.

Today we don’t have temples to Athene and Aphrodite, but we do have Sheryl Sandberg telling us that we’re not savvy enough; we do have Pinterest telling us that we’re not domestic enough; we do have religious leaders telling us we’re not feminine enough, and we do have Target telling us that we’re not beautiful enough. It was into this very same context that Paul spoke the gospel. And it was in this very same context that women embraced it and found it to be a balm for their tired, worn out souls.

via Photoshopped Goddesses: How the Gospel Frees Women – Sometimes a Light.