Hillsong has been going to schools, teaching Australia’s daughters. In fact they’ve been to my school and taught my friends. I always got a bad vibe from the Shine program, which was pushed relentlessly at assemblies and year meetings until enough people joined up. It’s not nice to know that I was right.
They’ve taken a leaf from fun feminism, preaching about gaining self-esteem through the application of makeup. There must be something besides carcinogens in that crap, because I would have to get high to sit through two hours of etiquette and deportment lessons.
“Through skin care, natural make-up, hair care, nail care girls discover their value and created uniqueness,” the material says.
The term has been omitted from more recent material but the beauty classes remain, as do etiquette and deportment lessons.
I know this is the point where I’m supposed to ask what century we’re living in. I’m not, because this is the 21st century and patriarchy is clearly alive and well.
We last heard about Hillsong when one of their other programs set up to help young women involved performing exorcisms. And some people think America has a lock on the crazy Christians.