Thursday, July 29, 2004

relevant roles

nils swanson does some delving into his own soul and view of gender issues in this month's relevant magazine.

However, I did discover that Aristotle taught that very point. (that women are to be kept from leadership because they are too emotional) He discussed the differences between emotions, logic and reason. He then identified logic as male and emotion as female. This bolstered his position (and in Greek society) that women were a curse of the gods given to afflict men. (Plato originated the phrase “can’t live with them, can’t live without them.”) This attitude was picked up by one of the early church fathers, Augustine, who sought to integrate Aristotle with his faith. It comes out clearly in his statement that “I do not see in what way it could be said that woman was made a help for man if the work of childbearing be excluded.”

i thought that added a bit to the discussion that i had never heard before. i guess the fact that augustine was a sexual addict should probably play a role here??? woman=bad/curse because he couldn't control himself???

i'm not sure where i'm going with this, but could it be that the small 'c' catholic church, that later became the big 'c' catholic church struggled/s with women so much because they couldn't contain their own sexual appetites? so it was easier to demonize them than include them in kingdom society? again, i haven't really given this much brain time, but it jumped out at me when i read it and i'm just noodling it around today. care to join me??

ps - the article is well written - the comments will break your heart though...

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