On why she backed away from religion: “When older men would hit on me and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, and it wasn’t. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex, that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and of being a woman.”
Source: US Magazine
So when men hit on her, it's her fault rather than theirs. This is precisely the same attitude adopted by conservative and fundamentalist Muslims who insist that women must be completely covered lest they tempt the men around them. A man's experience of temptation isn't his responsibility, but the responsibility of slutty, immoral women who fail to uphold proper standards of modesty.
This is just another sign of how similar conservative Islam and conservative Christianity really are.
The DARK ANGEL star, who has become a Hollywood hot property in recent years, became a devout Christian in her teens, but started shunning her friends when they poked fun at her natural beauty.
Alba says, "One of the reasons why I chose not to be (a devout Christian) is because a lot of people gave me a lot of grief for just being a woman and made me feel ashamed for having a body because it tempted men.
"I didn't understand what that meant because I was like, 'God created this...' That was a hard time in my life."
Source: Contact Music
God created her as she was, but she had to be ashamed of what she was because she was too much of a temptress. Her body, created by God and in the image of God, was something shameful. How's that for logical consistency.
Alba has been intimate with the workings of sin since early childhood. “My parents weren’t religious,” she says. “But at 12, I started asking, ‘Why am I here? What’s the point of living?’ ” Alba was a military brat who clocked time in Mississippi and Texas before moving with her family to Pomona, California, which is famous for its low-rider cruising scene, the Hughes brothers, the annual strawberry crop, and not much else. Things were pretty much quiet until she ran into a few local born-again Christians.
It was all over after that. “I started going to church three days a week,” says Alba. “Stopped watching secular television—I couldn’t even watch Davey and Goliath.” Every day at 5 a.m., Alba woke up to pray; every time she stubbed her toe, she made sure she exclaimed, “Oh, darn!” While her parents dismissed her conversion as typical teen rebellion, she was memorizing the taxonomies of wickedness, the rankings of transgression, the phyla of the profane.
And then one day her body rebelled against God. Her teenage breasts bloomed; her buttocks began straining against her dungarees. “I would go to the beach,” says Alba, “and my born-again friends would be like, ‘Your jeans are too tight! You’re tempting me!’ ”
In church, her youth pastor forced Alba to wrap a sweater around her swelling posterior to hide her sin as he read from the Bible; soon the only stories she could relate to were those of Bathsheba and Jezebel.
How many other girls in America are having their sense of self warped by churches in this way? How many other girls are being taught to be ashamed of who they are and what they look like simply because male authority figures in their Christian churches blame those girls for their own experience sexual temptation? How much damage are these Christian churches doing to women in America?
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