"Biblical Womanhood" isn't what you've been taught. Become all God means for you to be!

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What does contemporary Christian culture tell us about being a woman?

That we are made in the image of God, who just happens to be male;

That our highest ambition is to become a smokin’ hot bride and mother to a quiver full;

That radical womanhood requires complete submission;

That we are to live, act, and behave with modesty: that is, unless we wear Christian lingerie;

That women have their own special (albeit limited) place, because the Bible tells us so.

Given the persistent thrum of these messages—from the pulpit, from contemporary Christian music, from blogs and magazines and books, even from girls’ toys—it’s no wonder Christian women struggle to find a voice in their church communities and to feel affirmed in their life’s choices, whatever those might be.

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At the Aint I Woman? blog, we examine the many ways Christian culture lets women know exactly who they should be, deconstructing those messages that we find troubling—and, in the process, constructing a different message: one that allows Christian women to be all that God intended.

The blog is also a conversation, and we encourage readers to engage with the content we post. Help us shape our own understanding about what it means to be formed in God’s image, and let us know when your experiences of God, the church, Christian culture, differ from our own.

Our blog title comes from Sojourner Truth’s speech, given in 1851. She says she’d been told that women had fewer rights than men because of Christ’s gender. Nearly 150 years later, not much has changed. Sojourner Truth’s compelling words reminds us, even now, that despite what many Christians say a woman should be, the truth is something else entirely.

About the Authors

Melanie Springer Mock
Melanie Springer Mock
Melanie Springer Mock is a professor of English at George Fox University. In 2009, she won the university’s Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching, and in 2015 she received the school’s Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. She is the author or coauthor of four books, including, most recently, If Eve Only Knew (Chalice Press, 2015). Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. She lives in Dundee, Oregon, with her husband, Ron, and their two sons, Benjamin and Samuel.
Kendra Weddle Irons
Kendra Weddle Irons
Kendra Weddle Irons is an associate professor of Religion and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University. In addition to If Eve Only Knew, she is the author of Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas, 1920-1956. She is a contributor to the CEB Women’s Bible available October 2016 (Abingdon Press). Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The Christian Century, Christian Feminism Today, Methodist History, and Christian Scholar’s Review. She lives in Irving, Texas, with her husband, Bryan, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Pippi.

Kendra and Melanie worked together at George Fox University from 2003-09, and were part of a long-standing writing group that met together for more than ten years. In 2011, they embarked on a study of evangelical popular culture and began their blog, Ain’t I a Woman? Several years later, the blog had turned into a book project, which was published in 2015 as If Eve Only Knew. Both Kendra and Melanie speak at colleges, churches, and other groups across the country to critically examine evangelical notions of “biblical womanhood,” suggesting that the Bible frees women and men to become all God intends for them to be.