Monday, January 30, 2006

When you think "Mennonite", who do you picture?

I love smashing stereotypes. I'll be the first to admit that they exist for a reason, but there are always exceptions. Always.

Take being Mennonite. This is probably what you think of:

Obviously. The funny thing is, I could be related to any of those women. If you wanted a photo of a Mennonite woman I could have just put up a picture of myself. But I won't. I'm afraid the camera will steal my soul. A haw haw haw haw! That's a bunch of bull by the way. They're really just taking the whole Graven Images thing very literally.

So the other day, I was looking through some Rolling Stone mags from a few months back. Here's the front cover of one of them:
Imagine my delight when I realize that our cover girl here, Evangeline Lilly, from the show "Lost", is one of My People! I quote, "Raised Baptist and Mennonite, Lilly taught Sunday School For eight years..." Then it goes on to say what a potty mouthed tomboy she is. Girl after my own heart!

Now really all this means is that her parents didn't get a guy in a long robe to drip water on her head when she was a baby. She decided herself when to get it done, if she did at all. (I got baptised at 27.)

I just think this is great. You know, she really is beautiful. Let's get another look.

Jethro's comment was, "So what? Your whole family is full of gorgeous Mennonites."


Michael J. Farrand said...

The American male might find Mennonite women attractive for another reason, as you will see in my poem "The Mennonite Angle".

Heidi the Hick said...

wow...dude totally, like uh...gets it.