Starting off the New Year with Larry Solomon whinging on about feminists and claiming he is not a male Chauvinistic pig because misogyny is in the Bible. This is the first post at the top of his page Bible Gender Roles, but I’m not going to link to it here.
Larry starts out with a handful of not so charming tales of how his in-laws are all Christians who believe in partnership instead of headship. He talks about their holidays together and some of the conversations. Great, I’m betting that the in-laws dread the holidays because they don’t like indigestion with their turkey and dressing. Especially years like this where he informed them that Christians should be proud sexists.
Here’s his description of what his in-laws taught their daughter:
Intelligent as a descriptor for Larry’s wife I might dispute because she did, after all marry, Larry. I would think that he would scare off anyone smart with feminist leanings. But he must have hidden all the red flags in their relationship until after the wedding.
He then goes on to disparage her Christian feminist sister by calling her out as a three times divorced lady that likes controlling others. This is all after he dithers on about his own divorce was Biblical because wife number one committed some sort of adultery that is not plain old vanilla adultery.
Larry then goes on to claim that the mistakes he made in marrying into this feminist family happened all for God’s glory, not because he ignored all the evidence that this family did not line up with his theology. He goes on to make one of those braggadocios claims about his website, which is why I refuse to directly link NLQ to his site. We are not going to feed his undeserving ego trip.
Larry goes on to tell the tale of his head knocking with his sister in law over freedoms for teenagers. Larry thinks only teenage boys should be allowed lots of unsupervised time and adventures, but girls must be constantly watched over and protected by their fathers. In fact, he believes that all women and girls must be constantly watched over by their fathers and husbands.
Is this because he’s worried his teen daughter might end up pregnant or on drugs? Nope. Bible is his explanation.
He follows this with his laundry list of ‘Must dos’ of Biblical Sexism. I’m quoting here instead of screen capping because it’s a long list and lots and lots of spieled out scripture to back his misogynistic self. But before that he claims that stereotyping and discrimination are a good thing, using some rather goofy examples using various races.
No, those are not discrimination. They are laws, or rules set forth by governing bodies. Discrimination is irrationally excluding people based on factors they cannot change. Some laws of exclusion must happen to protect others. For example you’re not going to allow a convicted sex offender to take a job working in a children’s residential treatment center because that would put the children at risk.
Now he moves on to stereotypes with just as much lack of understanding.
That’s not how stereotyping works either! Stereotyping involves you making a judgment on people in a certain culture/race and broadly painting the entire group with your assumptions. Terrible horrible example: In the past there were people who said things like all African Americans loved fried chicken and watermelon. Not true, plus it diminishes an entire race of people to a group of food likes. Horribly racist.Planning on selling Chinese food in a store in a predominately Chinese area is smart marketing, it’s meeting a need in a community that has nothing to do with stereotyping people. When you have a retail business you cater to the requests and the needs.
I’m not hung over but I am starting to feel sick to my stomach over Larry’s sexism, racism and misunderstanding of issues. Here’s his list of what he thinks everyone should believe about women:
- Only man is made in God’s image, not women.
- Women were made for men, not men for women.
- Women were executed for lying about the loss of their virginity, men were not.
- Women ruling a nation are no better than children ruling a nation.
- Wives are regarded as the property of their husbands.
- Women are commanded to submit to their husbands.
- Women can have their decisions overridden by their fathers and husbands.
- Women are called weaker than men.
- Women are forbidden from teaching men or taking authority over men.
- A woman’s place is in the home.
Wow, so many damaging ideas in such a short list.
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