An unlikely figurehead has been co-opted into Hollywood’s Me Too movement – Jesus Christ.
A New Zealand professor from the University of Otago and an academic from the University of Sheffield have claimed the son of God was also a victim of sexual abuse, when he was stripped to be crucified.
Writing in advance of Easter, on the website The Conversation, Dr Katie Edwards of the UK says this was a “powerful display of humiliation and gender-based violence”.
The article headlined with the words ‘#Him Too’, was co-written with Professor David Tombs, Howard Paterson chair of theology and public issues at the University of Otago, the Daily Mail reported.
“This is not just a matter of correcting the historical record,” the article says.
“If Jesus is named as a victim of sexual abuse it could make a huge difference to how the churches engage with movements like #MeToo, and how they promote change in wider society.”
The MeToo movement has been supported by Hollywood actors, who wore black to support it, and attacked by feminist Germaine Greer as “ballyhoo”.
But the article is thought to be the first to link it with the crucifixion.
Dr Stuart Waiton, a criminology expert and senior lecturer in the sociology department of the University of Abertay, said: “Using Jesus Christ in this way is farcical.
“There is a tendency in society to discuss almost everything as a form of abuse, to try and attach the label of victim and victimhood to more and more things and people.
“But this is ahistorical and odd.
“Our understanding of Jesus suggests he would see hardship as something to rise above and move on from, rather than as something that you come to define yourself through.”
SOURCE: New Zealand Herald