Notes on Women in Rasta.
Wow. I love this so much. That is a tough tough tough conversation. But it’s true. I think so many women shy away from the truths evident in Rastafari because of the confines that seem to always come along with the lifestyle. Rasta is supposed to be beyond a religion, its a way of life, its a consciousness. But if you share that consciousness and you don’t want to always wrap your hair, want to put on a little makeup, nice jewelry, want to wear pants, want to even work out in work out clothes, its like you are doing things that the “religion” says you should not. Rasta isn’t even supposed to be a “religion” but its like any thing, we corrupt it ourselves as men (human), there is nothing intrinsically wrong with religion, its fundamentalism that makes people act in a way that is not Godly, judging each other is not Godly, whether you are rasta, jewish, muslim, christian etc. Whether you choose to wear a hijab or you choose to wear locks, or you’re baptist and want to wear pants to church. It’s about your personal relationship with God first, that’s the most important thing. And if you comport yourself in a Godly manner, I believe that your fashion choices and your career can be informed by that. Christians do this to each other all the time, as we are more strict in our religion, the more we want to oppress our fellow believers. If you want to have 12 kids, wear long skirts, only cook for your husband at certain times etc. Go for it!!! I believe in that too. But if you don’t want to do that, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a Rasta, doesn’t mean you can’t be a Christian. And I believe that extends even unto homosexuality, if we really want to take it there. You can be gay and love the Lord your God. It doesn’t matter what I think, my job is to praise the lord, not to judge you. My job is to do good works, to encourage you to do the same, to love you as my neighbor. That’s what I do as a christian, not lambast you. That’s a waste of energy, that’s not what I’m called to do.
You can wear a bathing suit to the beach or a sport bra on a run and be a rasta woman. It is in your right to wear what you want, and you can do it and still love the lord. wow…thanks for sharing Sherine. So many thoughts on this.