Today, I am writing to engage in a community outreach connection as an independent reading assignment for my AP English class. I had to read a non-fiction book and I chose the book "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter "by Sue Monk Kidd.
The author tells a story about a women's journey from being a traditional Christian to the sacred feminine. She decided to take this journey because she was questioning her role as a woman. Kidd's story describes the awakening, initiation, grounding, and empowerment of her journey.
One event that causes Sue to take this journey was an encounter with sexism involving her own daughter. While at a drugstore she watched two men approach her daughter who was on her knees fixing toothpaste as one man said, "Now that's how I like to see a woman- on her knees." Sue stood there in amazement, but instead of overcoming the situation she allows it to change her beliefs. I disagree with Sue's reason to completely change her faith. I have seen multiple occurrences of sexism involving others throughout my life. I may be young, but being a Christian myself, I believe that something such as sexism shouldn't change people's beliefs. In reality it should make a person stronger, and instead of questioning the role of women, it should make a person want to change the image people have created.
As I was reading this book, I was surprised with what I saw. The book itself was well written but I believe the reasons she left her faith would not have the same effect on me. Therefore, I believe that people have a choice in life and a right to choose their religion. However, I find it disappointing that a person would allow something, such as sexism to change their outlook on God, men, women, and their faith.