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Friday, January 29, 2010

The Strange Woman

In our Proverbs class, we came across the issue of the Strange Woman. The adulteress is a familiar character in Proverbs and has certainly drawn much speculation and attention.

It has been brought up that the father, watching from the window, is really just projecting his own fears toward female sexuality and warning his son of this type of danger (read Prov. 7). This point, in addition to the fact that Proverbs primarily addresses the male, could suggest that this book targets women.

This reminds me of a report I read a while ago. Apparently, an unauthorized biography of Angelina Jolie is soon to be published, and an expose on Pitt and Jolie's relationship for the past couple of years has been released. Both of these books concentrate on Jolie and portrays her as a toxic character mixed together with a dangerous sexual persona.

A blogger commented that attacking the female would always be easiest, since pinning the blame on the male (Pitt) is less popular because most readers of these biographies are married women who have an underlying fear of a vixen home wrecker coming in and ruining their lives (see Aniston's fans).

Certainly, male dominance exists in even our society today. Unlike the readers of Jolie's biographies, both genders of Proverbs are able to learn from the text positively before falling into a life of folly.

One response to reading Proverbs is seeing how it is applicable to the female reader. There are many ways of going about this, but the reader could try putting them self into the Strange Woman's shoes and figuring out what constitutes appropriate behavior.

Here is an interesting research paper I found online that suggests the narrator is female.
http://www.ibr-bbr.org/IBRBulletin/BBR_1996/BBR_1996_02_Bellis_Proverbs7Gender.pdf

The two books mentioned above about Angelina Jolie are by Andrew Morton and Ian Halperin.

A book mentioned in class that I would like to read is by Claudia Camp called What's so Strange about the Strange Woman. Sadly, it was not in our school library so I would have to find it elsewhere. This book concentrates around the theme of the fear of female sexuality.



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