Rachel Held Evans is a “feminist” Christian woman who lived biblically for 12 months by following all of the Bible’s instructions for women, including making her own clothes and “submitting” to her husband. Using her year-long experience, Evans has now written a book about her experience.
Evans documented her experience in her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which details her journey as she followed the hundreds of rules the Bible gives women in both the Old and New Testaments, reports The Daily Mail.
Included in the rules were that women should dress modestly, submit to their husbands, and remove themselves from their communities while they are menstruating. During the days when she was menstruating, the woman who lived biblically for a year stayed home from church, carried a seat cushion with her to avoid sitting on chairs outside her house, abstained from sex, touching her husband, grew her hair out, and also slept in a tent. Evans stated:
“Starting this month, I will commit one year of my life to following all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, from Genesis to Revelation, from the Levitical code to the letters of Paul, there’s no picking and choosing… Well, except for polygamy and a few other things that I’ll tell you about later.”
According to The Guardian, Rachel Held Evans started the project as a response to the pressure Christian women feel to live biblically. The thought intrigued her, because while the Bible shows women commanding armies, there is always a tone of strict gender roles and emphasis placed on a woman’s subservience to man. As for what the woman who lived a year biblically learned? Evans stated:
“To call into question that there is a single blueprint of how to be a woman. There’s no single model in the Bible – as soon as you think you have found it a woman comes along and breaks it. Everyone picks and chooses. There are verses that say ‘submit to your husband’, but also those that say ‘submit to one another’. The more women know about the bible the more they can respond when people try to silence them.”
Despite the popularity of her blog and her anticipated book, Evans revealed that one of the largest Christian bookstore chains in the country, LifeWay, will not sell her book, because it includes the word “vagina.” She stated, “I don’t know if they were more offended by my vagina or my brain. The only thing I know is that my editor said, ‘If you leave this word in, there’s a good chance LifeWay won’t carry it.’”
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