Cartoon sparks conversations around the role of women in the church

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Shortly after Easter, David Hayward, aka “The Naked Pastor” on Instagram, posted this comic:

According to Hayward, there was some backlash, particularly from men.

“The other day I posted a cartoon illustrating women being the first to witness and report the resurrection and that the men were going to take it from there.

It went viral and is still going strong. (Even though I’ve sold prints, someone should own the original drawing!) But what drew my attention was the amount of mansplaining I received, like, “Well, actually, an angel was the first witness”, or, “Well, actually, in those days women were more oppressed so it was progressive that they were allowed this honor, and Jesus told his male disciples that they should be the ones to report this around the world in the Great Commission”, or, “Well, actually, in the Roman Empire…”, or, “Not all the gospels agree so…”, and on and on and on.

I decided it must be exhausting being a woman because in just one day I got exasperated, angry, and hopeless. I was even tempted to shut up because life’s just easier that way. And I’m a man!

I shared this frustration with my amazing online community The Lasting Supper, and the women there said that even though they feel I’m “among the best of men” (their words, not mine), I have no idea.

And I believe them!”

As a response he posted this comic with the above commentary:

For more from Hayward, see his Instagram here.

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Sharon Dickinson
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Sharon Dickinson

The first two comments, both from men, prove your points! Thanks for your support David Hayward!

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Bruce Cornely
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Bruce Cornely

It's sad to agree with part of the cartoon, but I find women wearing fancy hair do's, jewelry (pearls and dangly earrings) very distracting, also cinctures pulled tight at the waist to show of her figure. Sermons tend to be delivered in a nagging way, and often are too person.

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Dave Borton
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Dave Borton

While I certainly get the point, generalizaitons are sure to provoke. As a man, I know many a man who would breach the pattern suggested.

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