Sunday, April 18, 2010
WHO ARE YOU CALLING FAT??????
So according to Pretty Good Lutherans, Lake Wobegone has a new interm lady pastor, Pastor Ham who ate three caramel rolls in one sitting and "filled out" the pulpit. Needless to say, many of us are very disappointed that he chose to portray a female clergy in this manner.
Let me just get this out there. While I enjoy a lot of the Lake Wobegone stories, I am not a particular fan of Garrison Keillor especially after he threw a hissy fit and quit when the New Yorker hired Tina Brown as editor. I think he's sexist and not a little arrogant. But then talented people often are, arrogant that is.
But let's be honest here. There are a LOT of overweight female clergy. Yes, plenty of men too but I think there are more women. Sorry. I'm overweight. But let me justify myself by saying a) I am in good enough shape that I can hold my own in weekly 6 am power skating class with 10 year olds and teenagers b) I will only eat one caramel roll even though I want 3 c) I still don't have to shop at Lane Bryant.
We clergy don't take good care of ourselves. And dispite all the workshops and speakers that are thrown our way about "clergy self-care" the honest truth is that the church does not support or make it easy for clergy to take care of themselves. A lot of clergy drink too much and engage in all kinds of self-destructive and community damaging behavior so really if a lot of us are self-medicating with caramel rolls...it could be worse.
My late husband had a method for dealing with our kids whining "Sarah called me stupid" my son would whine. Loren: "Are you stupid?" "NO!" "Okay well then what does she know" That worked with our kids. When he tried it on a kid in the home for troubled adolescent boys where he worked it went like this...."He called me stupid!" "Are you stupid?" "Well, yea but he didn't have to say it!"
Are a lot of clergy women fat? Yea but he didn't have to say it! Garrison Keillor makes fun of Lutherans and midwesterners in general. A lot of people might argue that ALL of his stereotypes are outdated. A lot of feminists and Gays have been annoyed with him for some time. But he's been married enough times, he should know - you NEVER call a woman fat. Unforgivable.
Posted by Pastor Joelle at 12:53 PM