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CHRISTY HEMPHILL

January 12, 2014  4:27pm

I'm wondering why so many men feel compelled to come on Her.meneutics and leave stupid comments about women and women's issues. There are plenty of other blogs where men are perfectly welcome to hang out and be immature, it would be nice if women could come to Christianity Today's WOMEN'S BLOG and not have to read idiotic male comments about how all our insecurities are well-founded. I would like to respectfully ask all the men who are not here to try to learn something so they can better relate to the women they love, to just please go find another place to spout off your opinions. It hinders real conversation between women and more thoughtful men about things that to matter to us to have to wade through a bunch of sexist comments and responses to them. Anyway. Great post. I too wish my long-distance friends sent Christmas cards with their pictures or used their own photos not their kids or other avatars for FB. I miss seeing many of them.

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Leanne Hardy

December 28, 2013  2:46pm

This skinny=beauty is a cultural thing. In many cultures fat=beautiful because it means prosperous, i.e. enough to eat.

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Samantha Blythe

December 27, 2013  4:52pm

Sure, most wives want to look good for their husbands...and I would hope most husbands also care how they look to their wives. But the fact is that a woman's body goes through many changes through her childbearing years and then with regular aging, and so "looking good" is going to be relative to that for most of us. Most people, even regular exercisers, gain at least some weight over time and lose the beautiful body of youth, and I am not talking about gluttony. There can be thin gluttons, and gluttony is not limited to food. I stand by what I said regarding husbands expectations of their wives, seen through a Biblical lens, and will also add that beauty, while acknowledged in the Bible, is absolutely not always the kind of outward thing we call it.

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Richard Thompson

December 25, 2013  8:26pm

Liz, the vast majority of men prefer skinny women as opposed to fat women. You don't have to have an extremely physically fit body and be super thin to look attractive, just don't be fat. It doesn't take an hour at the gym to have a healthy body, even 15 minutes of exercise is enough...pop in an exercise video and just go with it!

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Richard Thompson

December 25, 2013  8:22pm

Samantha Is gluttony not a sin? Why wouldn't a wife want to look good for her husband? The fact of the matter is that men prefer women who are skinny as opposed to women who are fat. A woman doesn't have to be super thin to look attractive, just don't be fat.

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