A Contest for Young ‘Un Nuns25 August, 2008
Stereotypes are pernicious: Smart girls aren’t pretty. All nuns are old. Atheists are amoral. Evangelicals are racist homophobes. Exterminators enjoy killing. Cats are snobs. Dogs are man’s best friend. Jews are money-grubbers. Republicans support the troops. Democrats are elitists. George W. Bush is a moron (okay, that’s not a stereotype, that’s just plain truth).
All stereotypes may (and I stress the word ‘may’) be true about individuals. For all I know, there may be ugly smart women ((((Wife))) ain’t one of ’em). There may actually be Republicans who support the troops with more than jingoistic platitudes. There may be amoral (or immoral (depends on how you define ‘moral’)) atheists.
However, the Catholic Church (or at least the Rev. Antonio Rungi) wants us to know that there are young nuns (would that be young ‘un nuns?). And to prove that the stereotype of old nuns is false, he will, starting in September, host a Miss Sister 2008 contest on his blog. No, I’m not kidding. To falsify one stereotype, he will use another (all women want to be beauty queens). (The article from the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader is here.)
Don’t worry, folks, propriety will be preserved. Rungi says, “We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits. But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is [a] gift from God, and we mustn’t hide it.” The nuns will have the choice of wearing the head scarf or going without. The Neapolitan theologian and school teacher says that visitors to his site will be able to “vote for the nun they consider a model” (a model what?) and will “make their contribution more visible” (as what, eye candy?).
Yeah, this sounds like a great idea. Let’s replace on sexist stereotype with another. It really shows that the Catholic Church (or at least his corner of it) is keeping up with the 1960s. Next thing you know, they will be trying to place a nun as James Bond’s next bit of arm candy.
On another note, (((Wife))) pointed out that pride is considered one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Showing off for the camera sounds like pride to me. I think lust is another sin. What if these cute young ‘un nuns (ages 18 to 40 (which is young to me, Tungtide!) incite lust in a male viewer? And might these beautiful young ‘un nuns incite envy in their less well-endowed (or more age-enhanced) sisters? I suspect that this nun beauty contest may incite the wrathe of some of the more conservative members of the church (paging Donahue). Would sitting at a computer voting for the sexiest nun count as sloth? No prize has been announced, so greed seems to be safe, as does gluttony (unless there are people out there who just eat up pornungraphy).
Thank you Rev. Rungi for bringing the Catholic Church into the 1960s. I guess it is an improvement.