This morning I was thinking about Jubilee stuff and one of the activities that is in our training curriculum helps individuals and church groups examine their reactions to women in prostitution. I have to admit that my ideals of how I would respond at this time are pretty different from my actual response, so in no way am I perfect. But it is something to think about.
On Saturday Matt and I watched Pretty Woman
Matt turned to me at the end of the movie and said, "Do you think this is every hooker's favorite movie?"
I paused and tried not to hit him. How could he say that, does he not know that 98% of the women in prostitution want to get out, and he is MY husband!!
It was an innocent question.
I responded, "Absolutely not, its not reality."
We got into a decent discussion about women in prostitution, the financial benefits that seem to come with it and how the 2% along with the media shape our views of what it means to be a "hooker".
Similarly I had lunch with Hugh a few weeks ago. He has a ministry in down town Raleigh. We were talking about people without homes. I innocently asked him, "Are YOU (he has a house) aloud to eat in the soup kitchens?" I think he said something like, "Well without my "I'm homeless" ID card its tough."
For some reason I thought only "those" people could go there...
Its hard to recognize our own stereotypes and then once we realize them, its even harder to change them.