What are they thinking at the Vatican?

(NCR Online) You can’t make this up. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has posted a two-minute video of a sexy blond woman inviting other women to crowd-source another video for its February 2015 meeting.

Speaking to the individual woman viewer, the nameless blond shakes her curls and asks: “Where are we as women today?” She says each must ask herself who she is, what she does, what she thinks about her strengths and difficulties, about her body and her spiritual life. Then she invites the viewer to share her thoughts in a one-minute video or a photo online at #LifeofWomen or email lifeofwomen2015@gmail.com before Jan. 4.

OK, let’s regroup here. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the 72-year-old head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has presented a video whose star’s bouncy breathlessness most Latin American and Southern European women would find average. He is asking for submissions for the opening video of his Council’s Feb. 4-7, 2015, Plenary Assembly on “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference.” The public opening event is at Rome’s Teatro Argentina.

Um, cardinal, the church is more than Italy and Argentina.

Aside from the obvious — sexy sell has long gone by the boards in developed nations and is totally unacceptable in predominantly Muslim countries — the fact of the matter is that highlighting a stereotypical spokeswoman is not the way to ask for women’s input. Or is the Vatican convinced women’s intellectual abilities rise only to the level of televised soap operas and cosmetics commercials? [More]


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