Canterbury Cathedral reverend, 47, embroiled in a storm over her tattoos blames 'good old misogyny' for 'grotty' comments about her inkings
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
A senior cleric at Canterbury Cathedral has blamed ‘good old misogyny’ after she became embroiled in a row about her tattoos.
Reverend Wendy Dalrymple had to brave a slew of abuse when joining the cathedral in Kent as Head of Worship earlier this year, after a picture taken to mark her appointment was shared online, revealing her tattoos.
Critics said she was ‘prideful’, ‘vain’ and a ‘narcissist’ – something that left the woman of the cloth shocked.
And speaking out this week, Reverend Dalrymple said sexism was still an issue for any female with an online presence – religious or not.
‘I was accused of being a narcissist, there were comments about my top being too tight, a comment about whether I was a real blonde or not,’ she said.
‘I do wonder if I had been a male cleric with tattoos, but who knows maybe they would feel the same way, I don’t know.
‘Any woman working in any public sphere, certainly if you have any online presence, good old misogyny raises its head and people say grotty things.
‘People have opinions about what women do with their bodies.