First, read this.
Thanks so much to Alert Pigeon, the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, for sending this along.
I am out the door right now and will blog later. My first thought is: the timing could not be worse for this image. It would have been perfect in about a year from now, after the Anglican Church had had some time to do theological reflection on sexism in the church without shocking visuals to distract them. Of course it’s all one piece. But it’s far too easy to trivialize this vicar’s look and to take polarizing positions. This is a conversation that could have been eased into.
But these things happen. Rev. Sally Hitchiner has “committed news.” She seems to be handling herself with aplomb. I will say this: when the timing is bad, you want someone like that getting all the hysterical press attention. I hope she has had media training and adequate support.
When another alert pigeon sent me the image of Ms. Hitchiner last week in conjunction with the story on the failed vote to allow women bishops in the Anglican church,I thought she had posed in this Leather Mama look for that story. And I lamented that she looked utterly, absolutely wrong for the conversation.
Now that I know she wasn’t posing (and what a pose! How much more effective it would have been had she not assumed iconic streetwalker stance!) for an article on the vote, I am inclined to read the image differently.
Anyway darlings, discuss.