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women beware women

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 19, 2004

Anglican Mary Wakefield takes an unfriendly (and somewhat feline?) look at her ordained co-religionists.

In the crypt, an hour before the grand celebration of the tenth anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood, there were women priests of every description: fifty-something tiggywinkles with thick NHS spectacles; red-cheeked 30-year-olds, their clerical collars just visible above green fleeces; Laura Ashley skirts and sensible slip-ons mixed with smart black trouser suits and high heels. Exciting rarities included a very tall woman in black breeches waving a walking stick decorated with feathers; one with bright red hair and piercings; an octogenarian with a pink-rinse wig, and a pregnant priest in a brown velvet trouser suit. ... As female clergy from all over England processed in from the Dean's Aisle, one crop-haired woman pulled off a pair of round, pink sunglasses and hooked them on to the front of her surplice.

I can't decrypt much of the fashion chat, but I get the feeling that it's not intended as a compliment.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2004 7:55 PM ET USA

    Even the most conservatively dressed female priests are eyesores. The closest thing I can think of is drag queens on parade. Your gut tells you that something is out of whack.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2004 7:08 PM ET USA

    Right on, Aussie. There's less here of catty commentary on women's clerical fashion than an overwhelming sense of despair, consequent to a vacuum of male leadership. These misguided matrons are working it like a bargain basement sale.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 20, 2004 10:08 PM ET USA

    May I recommend an article in the Irish Business Post on Feminism and its effects on the Church? Here in Australia, our politicians have begun to notice that boys frequently have no male role models either in the home or in schools. Fatherhood is what is missing. They are wondering what to do about it!

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Feb. 20, 2004 5:03 PM ET USA

    At times the ONLY thing keeping me in the Church is the Real Presence. And, 30 years of exploring various spiritualities. The problem is so many women chained by the lies of women's liberation. I was raised protestant, lived in a Quaker community, graduated from a women's private liberal arts college, traveled the country attending New Age seminars, hung-out at Ashrams and practiced Wicca. In none of these did I find such a concentration of truly stupid women as I have in the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 19, 2004 11:49 PM ET USA

    Its a very odd thing; I was reading that fashionista statement and it occurred to me that it was like watching an Elton John concert from the 1970's written in prose. Menippean.

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