(NCR Online) You canâ€™t make this up. The Vaticanâ€™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: â€œWhere are we as women today?â€ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before Jan. 4.
OK, letâ€™s regroup here. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the 72-year-old head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has presented a video whose starâ€™s bouncy breathlessness most Latin American and Southern European women would find average. He is asking for submissions for the opening video of his Councilâ€™s Feb. 4-7, 2015, Plenary Assembly on â€œWomenâ€™s Cultures: Equality and Difference.â€ The public opening event is at Romeâ€™s Teatro Argentina.
Um, cardinal, the church is more than Italy and Argentina.
Aside from the obvious â€” sexy sell has long gone by the boards in developed nations and is totally unacceptable in predominantly Muslim countries â€” the fact of the matter is that highlighting a stereotypical spokeswoman is not the way to ask for womenâ€™s input. Or is the Vatican convinced womenâ€™s intellectual abilities rise only to the level of televised soap operas and cosmetics commercials? [More]