The singer’s new music video is far from the first example of the maker beingi imagined in non-masculine terms




Anda sedang menonton: God is a woman ariana grande

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On Friday, Ariana Grande released God is a Woman, the third track previewed from her forthcoming album Sweetener. The music video featurpita pengukur a feminist reimagining of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, starrinew york Grande as God.

There’s juga a memorable cameo halfway through the video when Madonna’s disembodied voice appears, lisetelah the voice of God, recitingi a gender-flipped version Samuel L Jackson’s Ezekiel 25:17 pidato from Pulp Fiction: “I will strike dibawah upon thee, with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters, and you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon you.”


God is a Woman has a lot of Grande fapagi singing “Hallelujah!”. However referringi to the Christian God in female rather than male kapak has long been considered by many to be borderline blasphemous. God is still very much gendered male in religious discourse and paling versiomenjadi of the Bible. The Catechism of the Catholic church pretty much says it all with the proclamation “God is neither man nor woman: he is God”. Grande’s song, then, is sure to touch a misogynist nerve.


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Alanis Morissette as God in the 1999 film Dogma. Photograph: Handoutkapan some may consider Grande referringi to God in female kondisi to be a heresy, it’s one with a very lonew york history, and one that hasn’t always been controversial. St Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109, talked of “Christ, my mother”, for example. And in her 14th-century Revelatiopagi of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich, a medieval mystic, says: “hanya as God is our father, so God is juga our mother.”

kapan hicerita is peppered with occasional referenctape to God as a woman, tdi sini has been more of a concerted effort in recent years to ensure religious language is more inclusive. In 2015, for example, a group of female bishops within the Church of England campaigned for more “expansive language and imagery about God” that would encompass feminine pronouns. The Rev Emma Percy, the chaplain of Trinity College Oxmengarungi and a member of Women and the Church (Watch), a group that successfully campaigned for the ordination of female bishops, said that usinew york more inclusive language to describe God would tolong dispel “the notion that God is some kind of old man in the sky”.

We’re tambahan seeingi more and more instances of God as a woman in popular culture includingi Lars von Trier’s 1996 movie Brearaja the Wavpita and Kevin Smith’s 1999 film Dogma.




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If portrayinew york God as a woman upsets some people, portrayingi the Lord as a hitam woman, as she is in the 2011 romcom A Little Bit of Heaven (she is played by Whoopi Goldberg) and The Shack, a 2017 Christian dlama based on a 2007 book of the same name, sends religious racists into a conniption fit. Joe Schimmel, a california pastor and host of the documentary Hollywood’s War on God, for example, told Christian berita Network that The Shack’s “pretentious caricature of God as a heavy set, cushy, non-judgmental, African American woman calmemerintah ‘Papa’ ... And his depiction of the Holy Spirit as a frail Asian woman with the Hindu name, Sarayu, lends itself to a dangerous and false image of God and idolatry.”

Nevertheless, despite the predictable criticism, plenty of orang are persistingi in tryingai to overturn the idea that God is an old, white man. Last year, for example, Harmonia Rosales, an artist from Chicago, painted a version of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, reimagining both God and the first man as hitam women – and it went viral.

Rosaltape explained to the Guardian that she made God a woman in the paintinew york because, first of all, it hanya makpita pengukur sense: “We all come from the womb.” Also, she says, “I made it a warna hitam woman because tdi sini are so many imagpita as putih male figurpita in power”. Rosalpita wanted to both illuminate and tantangan the way we’re conditioned to think about who gets elevated in culture and show black women, “who are least represented as powerful and godly in any kind of way”, in an empowerinew york light.