Sex, Love and Acceptance: Defining myself as a Scarlet Christian


I recently wrote a guest post for The Honey Quill blog about my new tattoo. Here is the start:

“Long before I was sexually active, I was drawn to the Biblical stories of outcasted women—the woman at the well, the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet with perfume, the woman for whom Jesus drew a line in the sand. I think I’ve always felt isolated. I identified with those women because it took me a long time to accept myself as I am, and it took even longer to show others who I am so that they could accept me.

A few weeks ago, I tattooed a scarlet A onto my chest after Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The novel’s protagonist, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a red A embroidered onto the bodice of her clothing. It was to be a “mark of shame” for conceiving a child outside of marriage and refusing to name the father. Prynne is forced to stand on a podium in the town’s market, her baby clutched to her breast, and show the entire community her A.”

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