Recently the OBOD Facebook page posted this image:
I thought it was mildly amusing and a nice way to counter stereotypes. However, the comments section soon erupted into angry, angry Druids saying the image was sexist, exploitative, objectifying, and demeaning of women.
Now, I like to think I’m pretty right-on when it comes to feminist issues, but it seems like this is a fuss over nothing. She’s clearly a model, and someone has stuck a witty slogan underneath the image. The image itself is no more sexualised than what we see every day in TV or billboard advertising. No doubt the woman in the picture knew what she was doing posing like that, and probably got paid well to do it. So what’s the problem?
Even if it is sexualising a (conventionally) attractive woman, again I don’t see the problem here. Since when were Druids as puritanical as Christians? Sex is a part of nature and human experience. For my part as a straight man, I honestly did not think of this photo as ‘sexy’ when I saw it. I imagined a strong woman in tune with nature and the elements, or even a goddess-figure like Elen of the forests and trails.
I have no desire to offend anyone, but I also think people should lighten up about what is clearly a pretty innocuous joke. Come on, let’s not take ourselves too seriously. We’re 21st century people who call ourselves Druids, wear robes and perform pagan rituals, for gods’ sakes! If you can’t see the humour inherent in that, then there’s no hope for you.
But I would like to ask my readers: am I missing something? If this offends you, please explain why so I can understand your point of view.