Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Some good conversation on patriarchy

Alan Knox linked to my first two posts on patriarchy and there is an interesting discussion brewing you should check out. I am hopeful that some of that conversation will find its way over here!

There is also are some not so helpful comments, specifically the first two that make the predictable and slanderous link between patriarchy and spousal abuse, child abuse, sex trafficking of children, abortion and incest. Seriously. I half expect to find the police at my house when I get home because if I hold to patriarchy I must be some sort of monstrous abuser of women and children. That is odd because I know quite a few people who hold to a variety of patriarchal positions and all of them seem to be nice folks. Who knew that they were involved in human trafficking?

I have seen this sort of linkage before. Some argue against homeschooling because some families that are already abusive use homeschooling as cover, so therefore all homeschooling families are suspect. Case in point, see here. I wonder if women and children are abused in non-patriarchal homes?

Last time I checked, this was still in effect:

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Exodus 20:16)


John Krainis said...


This is an important issue to wrestle with - thanks for doing this series.

Misplaced Honor said...

I'm gonna keep my comments over here with you. I'm enjoying the dialogue over at Alan's blog but I don't want to get sucked into ad hominem and strawman arguments. Been there, done that, and repented.