(Sorry, Folks. I thought I had posted this Monday! But I had forgot to hit Publish, so here it is today.)
A few weeks ago, I came across a comment in a blog that women want to be just like men. He said that whatever men could do, these women wanted to do it. He went on to make this ridiculous statement: “If all men wanted to do was to sit in church and pick their noses, then the women would jump up and down and scream and holler “I want to sit in church and pick my nose, too!”
I posted this comment in response to that.
Women don’t want to be equal with men, because that sets men as the standard. Equality allows neither men nor women to be the standard.
This has been brought home with the Anthony Weiner story about his tweets. Leonard Pitts had a great article in the newspaper Sunday. He listed names of several well-known men, some of them well-known Christians, who had made the news because of their bad sexual behavior.
Mr. Pitts said that “as female leaders attempt to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling on bases of fairness and representative government, a case can be made that they are missing the most persuasive argument of all for why we need more women in public life: men.”
It is hard not to agree with him. He said that women should use the most persuasive argument of all for why we need more women in public life: men.
However, in my experience as an advocate for Christian women in church leadership, if women were to say that about men, they would be called men-haters, feminists, and/or homosexuals.
Mr. Pitts listed only a few well-known Christian men who became known for their bad sexual behavior, but he could have named many more. Women can’t name men as being the reason that we need more women in leadership, but Leonard Pitts knows it is one of the reasons, and so do we.
So, please don’t make me equal with men. While I know and respect many truly wonderful men, my husband and sons included, I think I want a little higher standard to strive for.
For you who have said you would write on a certain topic for our Book Project, please be working on this. For those of you who said you would write but have not chosen a topic, please let me know what topic you will be writing on. The time is passing and we would like to have this finished and for viewing for Christmas 2011.