When Evangelicalism Was Egalitarian

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Some time back I remarked that there was a time when evangelicalism was egalitarian to the extent that it was counter-cultural and was perceived as a threat to the patriarchal order. Several readers expressed interested in learning more about this. So, let's do this, shall we?Growing up as an evangelical, I was taught by both my family and my church that patriarchal/complementarian gender roles had always been a staple of American evangelicalism. I learned that in the twentieth century mainl … [Read more...]

Suzanne Venker’s War on Men

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Suzanne Venker wrote an article called "The War on Men" for Fox News. I decided I would avoid it. Other blogs have it covered, after all. I almost succeeded avoiding the topic until I came upon these quotes from her explanation defending her original piece:  Women should understand that they absolutely can be strong and independent and be married, but that being feminine and vulnerable and taking on that more traditional role as being dependent on a man and letting him have some say in the mat … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want To Be Anyone’s Special Little Princess

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I recently ran across this quote from Christian Patriarchy advocate Don Miller. Let's take it from the top, shall we? Do you want to be treated like men in every area of your life? And if not, is it confusing for you to want to be treated more kindly and tenderly in a social area, but more straight-forwardly in the sense of economic and cultural equality? People like Miller are always saying that feminists want women to be treated "like men." The reality is that I and other feminists want wo … [Read more...]

The Purity Culture and “Sex Is Beautiful”

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Did you know that Michael Pearl wrote a book called "Holy Sex"? Yes, he wrote a book about how awesome sex is. It's not just Mark Driscoll. There are lots of evangelicals and fundamentalists who have hopped on the sex bandwagon. They see themselves as "sex positive" and believe that it is depraved modern culture that is actually "sex negative." And it's true that I was taught to view sex as a beautiful, sacred thing (within marriage) and that I was taught that once married I would find sex so … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Republican Party and Women

War on Women

I know you're all tired of hearing about Todd Akin, and it's a bit of an old story by now. I think though that what sometimes got lost was that Akin's views were not, well, atypical for pro-lifers. While the Republican party sought to distance itself from Akin, this was in many ways simply an attempt to sacrifice a scapegoat rather than deal with its own problems - it's like when a herd of gazelles leaves one of its own behind to the hyenas, thus allowing the rest of the herd to escape. The … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be “anti-woman”?

Gender Roles

In the comments on yesterday's post, several people insisted that requiring women to always risk motherhood when having sex wasn't "anti-woman." And then I realized something. We're defining anti-woman differently. We - progressives and conservatives - mean different things when we say or hear the term "anti-woman."Social conservatives generally do not believe in gender equality, and by that I mean that they believe that men and women have different "roles" to play in life. Men are supposed … [Read more...]

“Suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man”

Women's ROle

The Friendly Atheist recently posted an the results of a survey on women in the church, and was shocked to find that some churches don't allow women to teach men. Frankly, I was surprised that the number was so low - only 3%. Because, well, growing up that was just how things were.I remember that there was a woman who wanted to teach my high school AWANA group at a fundamentalist church across town. Thing is, there were, well, teenage boys in the class. The elders had to discuss whether it … [Read more...]


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