Hashtag About Christian Women Highlights Misogyny in the Church

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What a Christian author started on a whim rapidly turned into a whirlwind.

Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Review the Bible’s View of Women, created a Twitter hashtag on April 18 called #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. She kicked it off with a couple things that have been addressed to her.

It released a flood of pent-up frustrations from women.

Men shared things, too (when they weren’t trolling the hashtag).

Another had a message for his brothers in Christ:

By April 19, Bessey took to her Facebook page to reflect on the outpouring (she did not immediately respond to a reporter’s call).

“This hashtag is pulling back the curtain on the everyday lived experiences of women within the Church,” she wrote. She gave thanks that the men in her life encourage her, but then added, “we still need to speak about freedom, and expose the lies, and amplify the voices of women who have too often been silenced.”

Via Religion News Service.

Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She covers atheism and freethought for Religion News Service.

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