A commentary about the “Me Too” and “Church Too” twitter trends, which highlighted sexual harassment against women by men.
The author here basically says in a much shorter format what I said in an older post comparing Christian Gender Complementarianism to Codependency:
by Carolyn Custis James
….But without investigating and addressing the sources of the problem, our efforts will fall short and the epidemic will persist.
In good conscience, we cannot adequately address this epidemic without exploring causative factors that increase female vulnerability and allow for such violations against women to occur in the first place. Otherwise, we are fighting a losing battle. We must take preventative action too.
Those Ubiquitous S-Words
Rachel Simmons, author of Enough As She Is, put her finger on a major contributing factor when she wrote,
Women have been taught, by every cultural force imaginable, that we must be ‘nice’ and quiet’ and ‘polite,’ that we must protect others’ feelings before our own. That we are there for other’s pleasure.
The same kind of social messaging for women intensifies in the church, reinforced by the claim that the Bible supports it.
We are not taught to be strong and courageous (even though that is the Apostle Paul’s message for us). We aren’t urged to develop the kind of backbone needed in awkward situations with the opposite sex. We aren’t conditioned to be decisive and proactive.