I had a few letters printed in our local newspaper during the past few weeks regarding women’s equality.
Well, to be honest, I was comparing the attitude about women in Baptist churches to the attitude that Afghan women live with on a daily basis. Please see my post “Why we can’t win the war in Afghanistan.”
One 80 something year old man really showed his ignorance about equality. This is what he said.
“The issue being debated is generally a settled issue in our society. Surely, one can accept the concept that there will always be exceptions, there will always be different opinions. But, I would suggest that in today’s time, we are faced with internal and global problems that far outweigh this one issue as the man vs. woman thing has been with us since Adam & Eve.
My wife and I will be married 61 years come Sept 13. We made a blood agreement many years ago, that I would go out and kill the lions and tigers, she would do her thing, have kids and take care of the home.”
Being married 61 years means that they have not had children in the home for many years, and it also means that it is been quite a few years since he has killed any lions and tigers.
So, does the Missus still make his sandwich? At age 80+, it probably takes both of them to even complete a sentence, much less clean a house and cook.
Does this man realize how silly he is? Now that he is an old man, it won’t be long before his wife is having to really take care of him. What is it called when you shave the face of your ill husband? I guess a women is taking over his authority when he can no longer do the task himself. Or he may have to take care of her, and really do women’s work. The lions and tigers are dead, and he and his wife still need to be cared for and fed.
Many women and many men work in job role reversal. Man have always cooked. Women have always worked hard to provide shelter and food their family.
Just what is women’s work? I was dusting the dresser and could not reach the top, so I handed Don the Pledge cloth and asked him to run it over the top part. He grinned and asked, “Is this women’s work?” I told him that it is man’s work if he can reach it, but if I can reach it, then it is women’s work.” Swallowing a camel and straining a gnat.
I bring this up because of another reply to my letters. This woman said “The feminazi movement has pushed to the point of being effective only in the creation of chaos. We have created a nation where more and more children and adults are confused about who they are, what is expected of them and what being healthy productive members in society is about.”
She also said that “the Bible lays out roles for each based on the fallen sinful natures we have. Women want to jump in and make decisions, take charge and men let us.” She went on to say that “men who push or give up their leadership responsibilities in the church off on women are self-centered, not God-centered.”
Does this lady mean that a woman has to clean house because of her fallen nature, and a man gets to preach because of his fallen nature?
(You can see what was printed to Letters to the Editors to the Baptist Standard, the Houston Chronicle, and four to my local newspaper. They will be posted to www.FreeCWC.com soon.
Again, what did you do this week to further women’s equality? Did you set up a meeting with your denominational leaders, pastor, or did you write to a secular newspaper to shine the light on the problem?