Tired of being a hood

I am tired of being a ‘hood.’

Childhood means that you haven’t grown up yet and not as much is expected of you as it will be when you reach adulthood. Adulthood means that you have reached that age when you ought to know better, and you will be held accountable for your actions.

Those are fairly simple.

But I am just about to throw up because I am so tired of Manhood and Womanhood.

Manhood sounds sexual. In fact, I will probably get some quirky people reading this because of the use of that word. Maybe it is a sexy word.  Maybe that is the reason that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood chose it.   Maybe they wanted to show their machismo.

Now that is a good word. Let’s change the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to the Council on Biblical Machismo. That is all that is needed – CBM – and that is all they want anyway. You can drop the word ‘Womanhood’ when you make this change. The word ‘womanhood’ just means being a woman, and we all know what that means.

But Machismo. Now that is a word!

It means “a strong or exaggerated sense of manlinessness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.”

Read this excellent article by Michelle A Gonzales, “Breaking the 
the Habits of Machismo – Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God – despite what the Bible says.”

I am tired of being a hood. 

(A little levity here in this post, because January 13 comes Desiring to be God, and that is a hard-hitting expose that you will not want to miss.)

If you are tired of being labeled a hood, speak up! Tell your pastor that the next time you hear Manhood and Womanhood that you are going to revert to childhood, and are not responsible for what you are about to do.

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to Tired of being a hood

  1. Carly says:

    Great post. The overemphasis on being a “hood” gets a bit tiresome, doesn’t it?


  2. Kristen says:

    I agree! But “womanhood” to them also seems to be more than just being a woman. It means fitting all the stereotypes of “womanliness,” which is a word that has died out everywhere else.


    • Their definition of womanhood is old-fashioned and if you want to see how it works, watch movies made in the 1930s through 1950. God gives us a new day with each sunrise. If men can proceed into the 21st century, women can, too. Thanks for the comment.


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