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-Women's First Liberator-3- Women Treated with Revolutionary Equality Editor's note: The following article, the third instalment of a five-part Easter Series about Jesus as a liberator of women, deals with his disavowal of sexism. By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Heliglou Writer Under the laws of the day, wives could be cast away at a man's whim — but not as Jesus saw it. To society in general, the menstruating woman was an impure vessel to be isolated and shunned — but not to Jesus. To the crowd, women were regarded mostly as biological baby-makers and "sex objects" — but not to Jesus. The world then, and much of it now, categorized women fractionally on a body basis. The "destiny of anatomy," it has been called. But Jesus, according to the record, saw them in full personhood. "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked," a listener shouted at him in a crowded synagogue where he was teaching. But he didn't see women in that compartmentalized, narrowly anatomical sense. As recounted in Luke 11:28, he put it in a different perspective — that everyone alike has the same high purpose. He responded-. "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it." In his sermon on the mount, he said that to look at a "woman lustfully" — reducing her to a mere sex device — is psychic adultery, falsifying her and oneself. He was free of the se.x hang- ups. He rebuffed the slanted sexist codes. He "treated women with a revolutionary equality and thereby constantly shocked the masculine prejudices of his disciples," writes Roman Catholic scholar Sidney Callahan. Once a group of men, shrewd specialists in letters and the law, flung a woman in front of him, her dress torn from her shoulders and her hair untied to humiliate her. They declared: "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law, Moses commended us to stone such. What do you say about her?" The scene took place on the east skle of the Temple, called Solomon's porch, an open, colonnaded passageway where rabbis taught and to which accused women sex offenders commonly were dragged for judgement. They usually were roughly handled to shame them, their hair loosened, their garments torn to expose their breasts. In official cases, the woman was made to drink a mixture of holy water, dust and left-over ink from that used to write the charge against her on a scroll, her guilt being determined if her veins swelled, her skin yellowed and her eyes bulged from having the potion forced down her. Jesus eyed the waiting circle of hard, disdainful male faces, thirsting for violence against •this errant, disheveled woman at their feet. He knew their objective was to contrive a case against him by trapping him into an open clash with the law, which plainly prescribed death by stoning both for men and women adulterers. However, only a man's word counted legally and so women generally became the sole culprits. The world then, akin to the present, tolerated a dual morality, a double standard, in which men's philandering was unlawful but disregarded, while the straying woman was irredeemably condemned. So it was in the case of the wonwn cited at the start of John 8, Silently Jesus kneeled down beside her, his finger tracing some unspecified writing in the dust. The ring of men kept up their badgering, goading rum to concur in the law's (ate for ihc woman. They held stones in their hands, ready to pell her into lifelessness. He stood up, facing them again, his gaze searching out (heir own failures hiding behind their harsh reviluigs. He put it to them simply, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." Once more, he bent down, tracing an unrecorded message in the dust They hesitated, pinioned within their own private delinquencies, glancing about at each other, waiting for someone else to hurl that lordly missile of self-acclaiming spotlessness. At length one of them, shaking his head, turned away and the stone slid from his hand. Gradually the others, eyes cast down, silently did the same, the stones falling to the ground, a muffled, uneven clunking in the stillness. Only Jesus and the prostrate woman remained there, alone. "Woman, where are they?" IK asked with a clearly bracing irony, for they obviously had retreated. "Has no one condemned you?" She looked up, blinking back tears, and her voice quavered, "No one, Lord." "Neither do I condemn you; go and do not sin again." In another incident involving a hapless, socially ostracized woman, her plight was a continuous menstrual flow, which was considered a mark of "uncleanness" even if only for its normal period. Whenever that monthly cycle came around, a woman had to stay isolated "in her impurity for seven days" afterward, with everything she touched considered defiled and defiling to anyone who came in contact with it. "If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days," Leviticus 15:25 adds, ". . .all the days of the discharge she shall continue in uncleanness," including her clothes^ any furniture she touches, wherever she sits or lies. "And whoever touches these things shall be unclean," having to bathe and wash his garments to get rid of the taint. The woman who turned to Jesus for help had experienced a prolonged case of such rejection, suffering it for 12 years, Mark 5:25 notes. She had been to innumerable physicians, swallowing tonics and astringents, applying unguents, wearing herb "cures" around her neck, but the blood flow continued. She existed as a virtual pariah, an untouchable, the years deepening her loneliness and sense of contaminated exclusion. She became withdrawn, furtive, afraid. But she To Your Good Health By Dr. George C. Thosteson AN OCCU RATIONAL HAZARD FOR TEACHERS Fergus falls (Mo.) toiraal Wed., April 10, 1974 had heard enough of Jesus to think he somehow might offer some glimmer of hope, a chance to hold up her head again. It was only a possibility, a desperate try. She knew her unacceptability and she didn't dare appeal to him openly. If only she could touch the fringe of his cloak, she felt it might somehow hefc her, free her from her long, bleak exile. Anxiously she slipped into a crowd following him and gradually, shyly, worked b r way up closer, being carefi. ' to brush against anyone. Viarily, quickly, praying that no one noticed, she darted out a hand and touched the hem of his cloak. A wave of elation came over her. She had done it. She had accomplished it, secretly but tangibly. She, the unclean outcast, had touched him. What relief! She felt renewed, healed, triumphant. And no one even knew. But then — and her heart sank — he stopped, turned about to the crowd and asked, "Who touched my garments?" She hung back, terrified, knowing the stigma that had branded her. His disciples threw up their hands at his query. "You see the crowd pressed around you, arid yet you say, 'Who touched me?' " They viewed the people in terms of the collective mass. But Jesus, sensitive to the individual, moved back through the crowd, seeking out the person. She realized then her cover was off, that she couldn't sneak and hide any more, that he was compelling her to face up to him openly, to face everyone, even herself. Fearful and trembling, she fell down before him and candidly bared her story, her long, wretched condition, her supposed corruption, her apartness from others, and what she had done. Telling it, admitting everything, helped somehow, lifted a weight from her, as if a fresh breath stirred in her after the years of slinking, evasive repression. "Daughter, your faith has made you well," he told her. "Go in peace, and be healed of your disease." A great, glowing joy came over her and even the people around seemed to look on her graciously for a change. Oh God, how good it was to be one of them again, to be included, to be known and accepted. He had done that for her. He had made her stand up and be counted. He had drawn her out of her frightened seclusion, her cringing inferiority, called her into open confrontation and confirmed her as a person. He had accepted her despite the law's defining her as unacceptable, and, in doing so, enabled her to accept and reaffirm herself. She must have gone off singing. v- Jesus also registered a head- on dissent to the divorce laws of the day which catered to men's wishes but victimized women. Women were considered the male's property, to be dismissed at will. A wife could be divorced "with her consent or without it, 1 ' advised legal commentaries, the Mishnah. A man had only to sign a writ, saying a woman no longer was his wife. It ivas sufficient justification merely if "she spoiled a dish for him." His reasons were immaterial, however, since no hearing was necessary. However, women could not on their initiative obtain a divorce, however great the cause. Jesus put the entire issue in a different perspective. From the beginning, he said in Matthew 19:4, God made humanity "male and female," each sex with the same divine imprint, dignity and worth, and commanded: " 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one"." Together, they were a mutual whole, each equally part of the other. "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder," Jesus declared. They shared the same prerogatives. the same rights, the same joint God-given humanity, not to be usurped by a male alone. "I say to you," he added, "whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery." It was a radical demand for. even-handed sexual justice, directed specifically at men, and flung into an environment in which women were considered subordinate beings, totally subject to male decisions. That it was pointedly aimed at the one-sided system of male control is indicated by the flabbergasted reaction of his male disciples to the idea of wives being put on par with husbands. They said, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it expedient not to marry Dear Dr. Thosteson: I have been an elementary school teacher for six years during which time I have had numerous head colds leading to laryngitis and each attack of laryngitis means losing two tlays of school. Many times this seems like a waste of sick time, since I feel okay but just can't talk. Could this recurrent laryngitis be psychosomatic, or an occupational hazard? Either way is there any remedy for my loss of voice?-D.C. I'd vote for occupational hazard in your case, although after the repeated attacks I suppose you just might expect laryngitis when a cold develops. laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx, denoting irritation from some source, usually a virus, and since early-grade- school children haven't developed resistance to some of the 100 or more viruses that cause colds, you are exposed to a goodly crop of them. And recurrent colds seem to be an occupational hazard for some elementary teachers. However, allergy problems can be involved, and irritation from chalk dust has been singled out as one school room hazard for some. If some of your attacks of laryngitis do not seem to be preceded by a head cold, you might be wise to see a throat specialist or possibly an allergist. But let's say it's the cold buys doing it. Then there is little to be done for the accoinpnaying loss of voice except resting your voice and steam inhalations. In fact, try steam inhalations at the slightest indication of an attack. Aspirin, antihistamines, and even nose drops (on the basis of brief use) sometimes help. You could try moderate does of vitamin C, in view of all that's been claimed for that vitamin, although personally I am not over optimistic. Still, you can try it. Dear Dr. Thosteson: I'd like to give you my cure, or rather my wife's cure, for nail-biting. When I first met her 1 was an compulsive nail-biter and couldn't break the habit. My wife—girl friend then- had me do two things: one was to watch another nail-biter in action. The other was that every time I chewed my nails, it meant I didn't love her. Every time I caught myself biting after that I thought of the "didn't love her" remark. To this day 1 am proud to say that my nails are now trimmed by nail clippers instead of in- cisors.-C.W. Pretty good proof that you love her. And that she loves you. Dear Dr. Thosteson: About the man who loses his voice once a year in winter, that was happening to our whole family until we figured it out. We had our humidifier going almost all the time and were perfectly okay at home, but when we went to work or the kids went to school we would lose our voices. After we were home an hour, the voices would come back. Something about the humidifier -too much humidity. We turned the humidifier to low, and it stopped happening. It took three winters before we figured it out. Maybe it will help. — S.P. Shrewd figuring on your part. 1 would translate it into a matter of not giving yourselves a chance to adjust to lower humidity outside the house. Anyway, you solved it, and I pass it along to anyone it may help. Dear Dr. Thosteson: What is the medical name of the specialist that deals with varicose veins?-Mrs. T.E. A vascular surgeon—a surgeon who deals with blood vessels. However, many general surgeons treat varicose veins skillfully. Although cholesterol has been implicated in heart attacks and other circulatory Impeachment possibility is foreseen MEMPHIS (AP)- Two Minneapolis men, leaders of the Republican Ripon Society, say they are not afraid of impeachment action against President Nixon, but would rather have seen something more "judicial." "Impeachment and possible conviction is a more political process than we would have hoped. We would have hoped for a more judicial undertaking," said Ron Speed of Minneapolis, outgoing national president of the group. "We are hopeful that all Republicans and Democrats will have restraint and not allow their political views to color their judgement in the case," he said. Speed added, however, that Nixon seems to be trading away his position on some proposed legislation in order to strengthen himself among conservative Democrats. He said campaign reform laws and a consumer protection act are specific points on which Nixon has yielded. John Cairns, also of Minneapolis, who was installed as president of the progressive Republican society Sunday, echoed Speed's view. He said completion of the impeachment action is essential because it is a constitutional process and "the only way you can get at the truth." troubles, it is also vital to human life. For this reason, Dr. Thosteson has entitled his booklet, "Control Your Cholesterol Sensibly." For a copy write to him in care of this newspaper, enclosing 25c in coin and a long, self-addressed (use zip code), stamped envelope. Dr. Thosteson welcomes all reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Readers' questions are incorporated in his column whenever possible. NOTICE TO OUR PATIENTS ;.-, jrys'V.'. -.-.,-. We wiff be closed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Good Friday Fergus Falls Medical Group Inion Services Services at 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Firsi fiapiisi dmrrh Rev. Richard Turnwall Participating Churches are: Assembly of God First Baptist Federated Church. Grace United Methodist Peace United Methodist Church of the Nazarene Salvation Army United Church of Christ Our i.adv of Virlon Services at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. ".Irais as Ihp Sul'I'iTintj Sprviinl" Rplhel Lutheran fbiirrli Services 12:30 to3:00p.m. "S.wn l.asl IVnrdx nf Chrisl' Sermon theme at: Augustana Lutheran Church Service at 1:30 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church Sen ice at 1:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church Service at 7:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church Service at 1:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church Service at 1:00 p.m. /ion Lutheran Church Service at 3:00 p.m. Fm' l.iiihcran I'hunli Service at 8:00 p.m. \h They justcouldn't conceive of a wife having such solid status not dependent on the choice and pleasure of a man. But Jesus saw them as equally privileged partners. (Tomorrow: Stalwarts in Crisis.) Veterinary cost viewed MADISON. Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin says it may be less costly to establish its own college of veterinary medicine rather than run a cooperative program with the University of Minnesota. In a report to the Board of Regents, the UW administration said a 40-student college would cost $1.7 million annually. A proposed regional program with Minnesota could cost up to $2.1 million annually, it said. Expenditures for a regional college would require a large fiscal commitment to another state, "thus resulting in a loss of tax revenue," the report said. Consultants have said construction costs could range froin SIS million lo $20 million. UW-River Falls and UW- Platteville have bid for a veterinary college. UW is also considering suggestions the facility be built at the central campus in Madison. Car price rise seen HKTKOIT i API — General Motors said today it will raise retail prices $50 to S56 on many of its full-size cars by making electronic ignition standard equipment. The price increases, which will so into effect May 1. involve 33 "big-engine" Chcvro- lets, Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs. The move will increase sticker prices 1.1 per cent to 1.4 per cent. last week. GM raised all retail prices on basic optional equipment an average S13 and hiked shipping charges $15. Hm.ng wH r-Js tarni the uixfcn.^ned w.tl «HI at PubSc Auction at the ten. located 4 nvts sooth of Perhom on Hwy 78 and *-«n i' > mi'es eosl. on THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Commencing a'. 11.00 Octock Sharp $ Lurtdi Wagon On Giounds Tractors & Machinery JL^* (400 frvs. on cnoxx OvtHTWu-'- John Deere B Tractor 1HC Model 70 4-14 trip beam Swartz Front End Loader w.'h snow S rro-^r*? burke' CATTLE Bangs tested No reactors or suspects 8 HcVe-i He.'er* 6 rrc-5 'o 1 yr. o^J Scxc .-"a'txH 7 HcsV.r He'er* i rro 'o 3 -c< -Vi 1 HoVe--. Bu M v - cH 1 HoST n BJI 3 i-os oU ntn be 3 HeVe-- tx i Cc'.es 1 to 3 ire*. cf. Dairy Equipment <^ c A'o~^ ?J~ >) Voxv'" Pmfp .6-rxiC' V l '-.->- J e' SO h. 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