Visited mom in the hospital. She is doing really well! She might be home on the weekend.
It has been really nice to see family. S-i-l just had a baby and has so much energy. I can’t relate, but they are fun to be around!
Without Christian podcasts blaring from the computer, I assumed this visit would have less dogmatic confrontation than previous visits. My mom and littlest brother are the ones who love to argue and preach (besides me of course) while everyone else prefers non-confrontational avoidance when differences arise.
The first 3 books we came to out in the living room for all to see, were on ‘Christian’ gender roles. Including the stereotype that real men only think about sex and that real women couldn’t care less about it but only want deep talks and cuddles. ?
The computer’s homepage pulled up an article discussing how masculinity is shown in media. Which would be interesting as a topic, except that this article’s view was that anything that didn’t show a benevolent macho dictator was distorting god-given masculinity.
The bible study I picked up by the night table claimed that most women really wanted to submit to a godly male and that it really was possible for these same women to share their opinions without usurping authority. I’m sorry. If a man feels his autonomy and purpose in life is threatened by a woman having and sharing an opinion, he has no right to any sort of ethical leadership.
I believe in freedom of speech, but part of me would like to move such restrictive harmful ideas into another place somewhat less visible. Like the garbage can.