Caroline Blyth agrees.
“I think it depends on how these teachings are used. I think that some church and Christian communities do use Biblical teachings to relegate women to a more subservient place.
She said it could be used to bring “shame” on women.
“We talk about the Bible being held up as a cultural prop - is held up to prop up patriarchal or misogynistic ideologies whether or not the Bible says that in the text.
“ I think it does have the potential to be used harmfully, to sort of keep women in their place. Women of all ages, but I think it can impact young women in particular.”
She thinks this may be part of the reason people are leaving Christianity.
She said the idea of the value of a woman being related to her sexual purity is something that she thought could be “quite damaging”.
“I think the Bible is far more concerned about women's virginity than men - I mean, it’s just not even an issue.
“ A woman is expected to be a virgin when she’s married, if she's found not to be a virgin, one of the Biblical laws says she can be put to death. These are very ancient texts, obviously churches aren’t advocating that today.”
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Honor Clement says it’s empowering to be a woman in the church, and she believes women should dress in ways that make them confident for the right reasons.
“At the end of the day, for me personally I think that modesty and purity a lot of the time comes down to what your intentions behind it are… if it’s to get attention, to be someone you’re not, then you should have an issue with that yourself… We’re all blessed with beautiful bodies, so we should own that.”
Life Church worship leader Jessica Tull agrees.
“I think we all have a responsibility, male and female, to represent ourselves in the best way. For example, as a worship leader, I always think about what I wear and I want it to be something that’s not distracting to other people but I think we all have a responsibility to look out for each other.
“I think us as women have a duty to dress well, that can mean different things to different people but for me personally I would choose to wear something slightly less revealing. It’s also a man's responsibility to respect women, and I guess it just comes down to that. Respect each other, put others first - it comes from both sides. If you can put everything through that filter I think it works.”
She believes there’s still work to be done.
“I think there’s always work to be done no matter where you’re at, no matter how far along you are. I think the overall topic of treating everyone equally and without prejudice is always something that anyone can work on including the church, because we’re all just individuals just trying to do our best.
“Women have something original to give. God created man and female different for a reason, and I think that we should be proud of who we are, and be our best selves and have that freedom to be our best selves and not to strive to be something but just be authentic and if we can encourage everyone around us that this life has a lot to give, and we have a lot to contribute.”