Asian American Theological Forum


Recent United States Presidential Election and the Nasty Woman

In American culture, intelligent women who voice their opinions and stand up for justice are labeled bitches. They are called “nasty” in Presidential elections and threatened with jail. Once a woman challenges a man’s authority or status, or is persistent in her measures for seeking justice, she is seen as a threat. In Luke 18:1-8 we hear the story of a tenacious widow seeking justice from an ungodly judge who feels threatened by her persistence, and Jesus uses her as a positive character model for his disciples. Though scholars have tried to tame this woman, even through translation, she maintains a challenge to the hegemonic myth of woman as bitch. Her story is a biblical defense of the “nasty woman.”

As a young, progressive woman in America who has watched women stand up for their rights and struggle to have…

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