I found the fodder for this post when I followed Dalrock’s link to the CT story about the wife of the pastor jailed in Iran claiming that he has been abusing her, even from the prison cell.
The CT story I parsed is called The Divine Rise of Multilevel Marketing. I followed the link out of morbid curiosity based on my experiences with MLM companies in the mid 1980’s. I may be the last person in the U.S. to have heard about this company called 31 Gifts.
The founder of 31 Gifts is quoted in the CT article as saying [my added word]:
“We are a business that’s helping women make more income so they can reach their dreams and [then] look for what God’s calling them to do,”
A gathering of these prolific purse peddlers was held in Columbus, OH. The phrases in my title adorned ribbons worn by many of the women in attendance.
Each wore a string of ribbons designating their achievements and goals: “Paid off debt!” “Empower women!” “Live for me!”
Makes me break into song:
“Onward Christian vendor, Marching with accessories galore”
The 31 Gifts website makes some specious claims. I was aghast when I read that:
On average, a girl’s self-esteem peaks at age 9. And less than 7%* of all philanthropic dollars in the U.S. are directed specifically to women and girls.
Who knew? I’m thinking that with the right hand bag and pair of heels we can end the self esteem crisis in our lifetimes. And empower women. And women can pay down debt. And women can embrace the mantra “Live for me”. And once they have done those things they can look for what God is calling them to do.