Using my Words
My buddy Jeremy Goard, read the last post, In the Company of Women, and scrupled a little bit over my use of the word "effeminate" to describe the image of Christ on the cross. Jeremy thinks the word conveys the wrong sense for what I want, as too often it is used pejoratively to indicate the swishy, lisping qualities of the gay "girlie man" (this, I swear, is the only time I will ever use this ridiculously fashionable phrase) stereotype.
Actaully, I picked that word with special care, just in order to rescue it, if possible, from such associations. But if that is not possible, if it will help me keep the sense I mean, I am happy to concede and use "feminine" instead.