I recently read an article with (very gendered) advice for Christian wives, that was accompanied by this photo:
The article was the usual one-sided “do X for your husband, do Y for your husband” stuff, much of which would actually be great if both spouses did it for one another (praising and appreciating your partner) and others that are terrible advice (never telling him when he does wrong, as you are not the Holy Spirit). Such articles appear to have no notion of mutuality, of spouses treating each other as you yourself would like to be treated. This time round, though, I noticed the picture, not just the article.
Is she faceless and headless with a closed mouth because that is what women are supposed to be by this theology: A pair of arms to clean his home and a crotch for you-know-what? And is she thin and apparently young, because that is another impossible expectation thrown on women: To stay good-looking for their men?
How often do you see articles about/for Christian women (either egal or comp), or Christians in general, pictured by a woman that is not so young, not so thin, make up not so perfectly done? For example, an article on prayer in a Christian magazine, with a photo of an aged, grey-haired woman praying?
An article on Miss So-and-so who works at an orphanage, and then a picture of Miss So-and-so, does not count. I mean photos where the woman used to illustrate the story is not actually a character in it, but her photo was seen as something to picture the (positive) idea of the story.
Could that be seen as another form of female oppression? To be a representative of womanhood, even Christian womanhood, you need to look like a model?