This week Redemption Pictures posted a blog satirically describing how feminism hurts men. As a great internet person once said, 'to be convinced of the need for feminism one should look at the comments of a feminist blog post.' And look we all did. The startling group of people who thought that the post was serious was concerning but the miraculous numbers of people who felt it some calling to explain to Micheal Murray that men are oppressed too, was the real show piece. It's frustrating because it really isn't about the poor oppressed men of the world, it's a rejecting of any responsibility and to own up to a system of power that we currently live in.
First take out the oppression men get along side their women and children, you know, shitty work conditions, discrimination because of race, or religious intolerance, and homophobia. That should pair down most of the oppression experienced by men. Oppression for just being a man and you're looking at 1. Higher car insurance, and 2. Feminist thinking you're a pig. It's frustrating that these arguments get so much traction when it's simple inability to deduce clear conclusions. Like algebra, social science looks at all the variables going on and tries to eliminate the universal experience to reveal the experience of some that is different from others.
This is frustrating. because we're not even discussing anything. I'm just trying to get to a baseline in which to have a coherent conversation.
In other news, apparently there's a big ol' theological leadership conference going on now which, out of 120 speakers, only 4 are female. Rachel Held Evans made a comment on twitter and got this response. It sucks, but does make one point. At a certain level should we assume that people will not change their minds about women in church? Should we then start to focus on having something to say to those who will listen? I mean, is this the point I start revisiting Trinitarianism so I have something to say? Because it looks as though I'm never going to get a fair fight over feminism, but under a pen name I'm likely to get a real conversation about missional theological ethics...
I don't know, I just don't know.