In today’s reading, Is. 49:14-16, God is portrayed as the perfect mother. Isaiah, like many men throughout history and even now, lives under the weight of his culture, and so refers to men as “women” or the modern equivalent “sissies” (a slang term for sisters, i.e. girl) as a derogatory term. God, on the other hand, recognizes and embodies all the wonderful aspects of both manhood and womanhood.