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'Leave the community when you're menstruating and make all your own clothes': Blogger spends year following literal interpretations of the Bible’s rules for women

Rachel Held Evans embarked on her project to challenge evangelical leaders and advocate an increase of women within church leadership.

John Hall
Tuesday 16 October 2012 14:08 BST
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Rachel Held Evans embarked on her project to live her life following literal interpretations of the Old and New Testament in order to challenge evangelical leaders and advocate an increase of women within church leadership.
Rachel Held Evans embarked on her project to live her life following literal interpretations of the Old and New Testament in order to challenge evangelical leaders and advocate an increase of women within church leadership.

A blogger has spent a year living her life according to the strict rules of the Bible – including ‘submitting’ to her husband and making all of her own clothes.

Rachel Held Evans embarked on her project to live her life following literal interpretations of the Old and New Testament in order to challenge evangelical leaders and advocate an increase of women within church leadership.

While rules such as dressing modestly may not be too difficult to follow, the 31-year-old would have struggled a little more making all her own clothes and submitting to her 'master' husband.

And on the even more extreme end of rules, the 31-year-old Tennessee-based writer even had to remove herself from the community every time she had a period.

That rule, and several others related to menstruation, stem from the Biblical idea that a woman having a period is 'untouchable'.

During the days she was menstruating, Evans - who describes herself as a ‘liberated Christian’ - stayed away from church, carried a cushion to avoid sitting on chairs outside her home, didn’t touch her husband, and slept in a tent.

The blog-based project, which boasts over 100,000 readers a month, is now set to be turned into a book: 'A Year of Biblical Womanhood'.

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