Obviously, my wp reader is full of Easter related posts. I need to google to understand how the day of Resurrection got connected to rabbits and eggs. But yeah, there are a few more philosophical posts as well. Reading one such interesting post, I hopped over to a link that talks about a group of people fighting for the release of Mary Magdalene from the shame of being cast a prostitute.
Perhaps Mary was a prostitute, perhaps she wasn’t. My greater problem is this: Why are prostitutes bad that Mary must be saved from the “shame” of being called one? Why is prostitution evil? It is just a job, isn’t it? Of course I am not opening up the can of worms where women are forced into the profession against their will – that is truly wrong, and the woman is a victim of a cruel crime. But in cases where prostitution is a choice of living – why must it be shamed? I am a writer by profession. I peddle words that come from my head. Why would my my offer of “intellectual services” for money be any “morally” better than bodily services offered to people for money?
I think fighting for Mary’s “innocence” is just as demeaning as calling her a “prostitute”. You can set right a historic mistake – nowhere in the Bible is Mary Magdalene described as a sex worker. However, “Innocence” is NOT an antonym for prostitution. Perhaps we should mind our tone and words (“slut shaming”) when we are setting right a mistake, lest we demean another group of women who are earning their livelihood by offering services that involve their bodies. Remember, they are earning their livelihood, that is dignity in itself.