• The Conservative (Right Wing) Criteria Required Before Believing Sexual Abuse Victims, As Put Forward by Some Conservatives – A Critique By A Conservative

The Conservative (Right Wing) Criteria Required Before Believing Sexual Abuse Victims, As Put Forward by Some Conservatives – A Critique By A Conservative

I was watching conservative news show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox cable news network on the evening of December 14, 2017, and I wanted to comment on the segment where Carlson interviewed Mark Steyn.

I usually agree with Carlson on many topics (I myself am a conservative), and I usually find Steyn quite amusing.

However, I’m not so sure I am on the same page as Carlson, Steyn, and a few other right wingers on the topic of sexual harassment allegations and how they should be treated or regarded.

On tonight’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson let Steyn discuss the topic of sexual harassment in our culture.

Both gentlemen have expressed concern that women reporting sexual harassment has turned into some kind of “witch hunt” in which innocent men may be accused.

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• He Supposedly Realized Raping Women Was Wrong Only Until After He Had Daughters and Took Yoga Classes

I’m not sure what to say about this, that there are some men in the United States (or around the world) who are not cognizant of the fact that touching women sexually without their consent is always morally wrong.

I saw this on Twitter, regarding music producer Russell Simmons, by way of The New York Times Arts twitter account (Tweet link):

The image in the NY Times Art tweet has text on it reading as follows, quoting Russell Simmons speaking to his alleged rape victim, Drew Dixon:

“I have daughters and I do yoga now, Drew, and I know what I did was wrong, and I’m sorry”

The New York Times has coverage here and from The Hollywood Reporter. Via Newsweek.

I am unable to access the NYT article because I do not have a paid subscription to their site.

In what universe is this Simmons deviant living in where he supposedly did not realize that it’s morally wrong and disgusting for a man to rape a woman, whether or not a man has a daughter or takes Yoga classes or not?

It really should not take a man having a daughter of his own to view women as full-fledged human beings worthy of dignity on their own merit.

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• Confusing the Issue: Asking For or Seeking Equality Is Not the Same Thing as Being Selfish or “Power Hungry”

Confusing the Issue: Asking For or Seeking Equality Is Not the Same Thing as Being Selfish or “Power Hungry”

Sometimes non-complementarians – being  those who disagree with complementarianism (especially women) – saying that Christians should grant women equal opportunity is misconstrued by complementarians, or by others, to mean women are “power hungry.” They then go on to lecture that wanting power, or equality, or an “equal say so,” is selfish or wrong.

I’ve even seen Christians online post a photo or two taken from a church sign where the sign has the following text on it: “Satan also demanded to have rights” – or something of that nature, as if to suggest it is wrong for anyone to “demand equal rights.”

It’s mind-boggling to me how any Christian can depict anyone seeking to redress unfairness in relationships, culture, churches, or where ever else, as being on par with selfishness or Satanism.

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• Complementarianism Misnomer: It’s Really About Male Hierarchy and Female Servitude to Men – It’s Not About The Sexes Complementing Each Other

Complementarianism Misnomer: It’s Really About Male Hierarchy and Female Servitude to Men – It’s Not About The Sexes Complementing Each Other


(I still have two or three posts in Draft status on this blog regarding the subjects of Toxic Masculinity and sexual harassment. I don’t know when or if I shall ever finish those.)


The word “complementarian” (or “complementarianism”) as used by Christian gender complementarians does not truly denote or connote the complementary natures of the two biological sexes, male and female, as they often like to claim.

Depending on the type of complementarian you are speaking with or whose literature you are reading, they are either overt or subtle about what they truly believe about the term and what it’s meant to convey.

I’ve seen complementarian material where it is just assumed, a given, it is underlying all their opinions and assumptions, that the Bible teaches that God intended for males to rule over females.

The main point of my post here is to point out the dishonesty and inaccuracy of the use of language by complementarians in this matter.

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• These Ideas About Sexual Attraction May Be Based on Shoddy Science by M W Moyer

(Link): These Ideas About Sexual Attraction May Be Based on Shoddy Science

by M W Moyer

Snippets:

Last week, the technology magazine Ars Technica published a (Link): bombshell of a story questioning the integrity of the work of French psychologist Nicolas Guéguen.

You may not have heard of Guéguen, but you’ve almost certainly heard of his research. It’s even been covered by New York. “One French Scientist Found Five Research-Backed Ways to Get a Woman’s Number,” a helpful Science of Us (Link): piece touted in 2014.

Time covered one of his studies in a story titled “Science Proves It: Men Really Do Find High Heels Sexier.” The (Link): Atlantic and the (Link): New York Times have written about his work, too.

The Ars Technica story describes the dogged efforts of two scientists, Nick Brown and James Heathers, who started asking questions of Guéguen in 2015 after noticing weird things. It started with a study they laughed over one evening — one that reported that men are less likely to help women whose hair is tied up in a bun or ponytail.

When they carefully read the study, they noticed that many of Guéguen’s reported numbers didn’t make sense considering the calculations involved.

Things smelled fishier when they saw just how huge the differences were that he was reporting — differences that are, in social science research, highly improbable.

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• Four Research-Based Solutions Beyond Mike Pence’s ‘Billy Graham Rule.’ by H G Scott

To More Than a Few Good Men: Don’t Give Up on Working with Women

Snippets:

by H G Scott

Four research-based solutions beyond Mike Pence’s ‘Billy Graham Rule.’

……However, because of the Billy Graham Rule, Christian women often report feeling awkward or alienated in the workplace. They also feel diminished to nothing more than a sexual object.

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• How Some Family Values, Republican, Christian, Complementarian Men Understand Ephesians 5:22

How Some Family Values, Republican, Christian, Complementarian Men Understand Ephesians 5:22

I’m going to cite the news story from a few different sources, then give some commentary below it, where I explain how this ties in with Christian gender complementarianism, and why it is problematic for complementarians.

The News Story

Trump Campaign Coordinator and ‘Family Values’ Republican [Ralph Shortey] Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking, Faces Life in Prison

Ralph Shortey, a former Oklahoma state senator and county campaign coordinator for President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, will plead guilty to a child sex trafficking charge after being accused of soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy in March.

Shortey is married and has four children.

…He was later charged in federal court with two counts of child pornography, production of child pornography and child sex trafficking.

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