The Cry of Tamar

Since the Iowa Supreme Court just upheld the firing of the woman for being too beautiful, this seems pertinent again. Sigh.

Glass Overflowing

Perhaps you read Elizabeth Smart’s comments on human trafficking recently. As a 14 year old kidnapping victim, she connected her feeling of worthlessness after her abduction and sexual abuse, with an abstinence lecture she had heard. Here’s the quote that is getting all the traction:

“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”

Having been told a woman who has sex before marriage is like a piece of chewed gum, how was Smart supposed to see herself?

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