Monday, March 03, 2008

Some very incomplete thoughts on "Is God Masculine?"

Just another pointer to Blue Christian, where I posted a few ruminations on Is God Masculine? and related issues. They are very "beta" (that is, "in transition" thinking vs. "finished and polished" thoughts). Would love some feminist feedback.

Also, use Blue Christian's subject links to find Christian feminist Mary Stewart VanLeeuwen. I have a number of posts up by her as well, with her permission. She's great, frankly.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Elaine Storkey Fired... and Her Lawsuit

I won't repost it, but instead will point to my BlueChristian blog for a news item regarding Dr. Elaine Storkey, an evangelical feminist, who was fired from England's evangelical Anglican Wycliffe Hall college (Oxford).

Since more of my feminism stuff is going there -- and at this point in my life becoming, uh, obsessional with me, I'll drop in here with any more pointers there. I did so much blogging here on feminism I feel it best to leave this site live still.

Jon Trott

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Interview with Patricia Gundry

Yesterday I posted an interview I did with trailblazer Patricia Gundry, one of evangelicalism's first feminist voices, on my blue christian site. She offers two free books of hers there, and tells an interesting, if not very happy, story about her and her husband Stan Gundry's experience at Moody Bible Institute in the 1970s... drop in on it and leave a comment there.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Can a Man Really Be a Feminist?

Sigh... I'm asking this question quite seriously. One fellow male, also haunted by feminist concerns, suggested recently that "pro-feminist" is as close as we men can get. In light of recent revelations -- aided by an articulate female professor who read an edited version (published in Christians for Biblical Equality's Summer 2006 Mutuality magazine) of my article this site is named after -- I discovered another layer of self-ignorance that needed peeling off.

Sure, the original article discusses race at some length (the edited one less so). But when I mention being propositioned by a prostitute in my neighborhood, I also mention that she was African American. As the professor pointed out, among other things, I (1) didn't really know whether she was African American, African, or where she was from, (2) seemed to link her race with my repugnance for her proposition, (3) offered fodder for the old mythologies regarding black women's sexuality, and (4) showed my incipient vulnerability to thinking racially by mentioning her race at all, especially when the bulk of the article does not mention the race of women (or most of the men) I discuss there.

Of course, I would like to say "No, no, no!" And in fact, her second and third critiques, while understandable, did not ring true to me the writer. The truth of it is that if anything I find women of a darker persuasion more attractive than women of a pale persuasion. That such feelings themselves betray a certain racialist framework I do confess, with a sigh.

But the professor's first and fourth critiques rang very true, her fourth most of all. Why mention the woman's color? What purpose did it serve? What did it tell the reader about me and my own universe? As I told her in an email, the lesson I take from this experience is that I am more than ever a white male still in transit regarding issues of both race and gender equality.

Finally, the online article in its original version (quite a bit longer than the CBE Mutuality version) has been edited by me here to remove the mention of the prostitute's race. I am currently unable to change it on another site (Cornerstone Magazine) due to a foul technical glitch locking me out of the article database (sigh!). And as a historical note only, the article was originally given as a seminar at Cornerstone Festival's "Gender Revolution" tent (2005).

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Divorce, Violence Linked to Non-Egalitarian "Hierarchical" Marriages

Gender hierarchalists often treat scholarship challenging their preconceptions as bogus. But note should be taken of Dennis Preato's "God's Word to Women" site, particularly the recent posting concerning "Support for Egalitarian Marriage."

In summary, the article (bolding and color highlights mine) notes:

Extensive studies and research have been performed by marriage and family professionals, sociologists, and demographers. Over the last 50 years these studies reveal that significant numbers of egalitarian marriages are happy in comparison to traditional hierarchical marriages. A recent study quantified these results revealing that over 80% of egalitarian marriages are happy while less than 20% of traditional marriages can say the same. That represents over a 4:1 ratio in favor of egalitarian marriages. Spousal abuse continues to be more than 300 percent higher in traditional marriages than in egalitarian marriages.

These research studies accomplish the following: First, they effectively discredit any traditionalists’ notion that dismantling hierarchy destabilizes marriage and that the root problem in marriage is the unwillingness of each spouse to accept the role for which he or she was designed. Second, they prove that hierarchy actually destabilizes and harms marriages. Third, they provide objective data that egalitarian marriages produce the healthiest, happiest, most intimate, and stable of all marriage relationships with the least amount of spousal abuse.

On top of this, particuarly arresting to me is the idea that, rather than blaming rampant secularism for the high divorce rate among Christians (significantly higher than atheists' divorce rates!), the blame may be directly connected to hierarchical teachings from the very Church communities that should be the source of strength for married couples.

Also of special note, Dr. Diana Garland finds:

Wives, in traditional marriages, suffered significantly more depression and other mental disorders than men, working married women and unmarried women (Bernard 1982).

In traditional marriages, wives had been beaten at "a rate of more than 300 percent higher than for egalitarian marriages (Straus, Gelles and Steinmetz 1980)."

Violence is more likely to occur in homes where the husband has all the power and makes all the decisions than in home where spouses share decision making (L. Walker 1979).

There is much more there. Also see Christians for Biblical Equality's CBE Scroll blog for other egalitarian reactions to Preato's posting.

I hope and believe more such data will be gathered to, along with the fine theological work being done by CBE-related persons, help our community become the support for Christian couples it was meant to be.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Where's the New Posts?!

Truth is, I seem to be blogging more and more on my site. There are some women's issues postings there, including reports on this year's Cornerstone Festival (2006) Gender Revolution Tent. That seminar tent, co-sponsored by Jesus People USA (the community I've lived in for the past 29 years) and Christians for Biblical Equality, got some heat this year from folks I'd describe as sociological fundamentalists. According to them, we're all goddess worshippers. (Hmmm... my wife's a goddess....)

Anyway, check out bluechristian for that story. I won't bail on this site, however. I'm working on a book right now, a sort of biblical marital devotional bit celebrating Eros. We'll see what I can do here, though, as well. Pray for me!

In Him,

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

CBE (Christians for Biblical Equality) starts bloggin'

[This post also on my bluechristian site.]

Just a quick thumbs-up to my good friends and compatriots at Christians for Biblical Equality. They've got their first "official" blog, The Scroll, and the issues of women's equality, mutuality in marriage and Church, and worldwide injustices against women are all dealt with there. As far as CBE itself, consider joining, or even getting your fellowship to join... they live a very frugal ministerial life, often staffed by college students and working out of one of the few offices even smaller than ours at Jesus People USA / Cornerstone Festival. Oh, and did I mention that CBE also has a Fest '06 page dedicated to the CBE / JPUSA sponsored "Gender Revolution" tent at the festival?