When I was growing up, the Christian misogynist wore a suit and tie, poured on enough cologne to slay an elephant and toted a Bible the size of an encyclopedia. This pastor boomed Biblical pronouncements from the pulpit and quoted lots of Scripture to defend his abusive, anti-woman teachings. You know, I kinda miss the Old School Misogynist. At least he was obvious. At least he didn't pretend to be all pro-woman.
These days, the Christian misogynist is far more subtle. He probably wears hip clothing and may even use feminist jargon to disguise his underlying sexism.
These are the pastors who tweet and talk endlessly about their smokin' hot wives. These are the "Christian comedians" who write dating manifestos about why Christian "girls" don't have boyfriends. Apparently, reading your Bible at Starbucks is NOT attractive to these men. Maybe you should try wearing white shorts to a prayer meeting.
What makes me ill is that these are men are my peers. These guys are not my Dad's age. These guys are not my grandfather. These men should know better.
It's even more discouraging when you call their views offensive only to be told by their yes-men, "Hey, can't you take a joke?"
This is the New Misogyny: when huge bloggers like Jon Acuff claim that sexist jokes about women help “clear away the clutter of Christianity so we can see the beauty of Christ.”
This is the New Misogyny: when bestselling Christian authors tell "girls" how to live a better love story by being a supporting character in a story a man is writing. [Note: Don Miller took down that post, but I never heard him recant his harmful view of women.]
This is the New Misogyny: when Prodigal magazine publishes sexist articles under the guise of satire and "truth telling." Oh, yes. John B. Crist believes his sexist humor is excusable because he's JUST TELLING THE TRUTH.
[Note: Prodigal removed that post w/o explanation]
This is the New Misogyny: when a popular author of many books on Christian ministry and spirituality asks women why they don't comment on his blog and then he dismisses their answers.
This is the New Misogyny: when a woman engaging theology blogs under a male pseudonym is treated with greater respect than when she comments as her female persona.
This is the New Misogyny: when "Biblical Marriagists" claim they're empowering women while defending the very theology that oppresses them.
You guys. What is happening, here?
It's not that I doubt the sincerity of all these Christians. In fact, it's their sincerity which troubles me. If there's one thing I've learned from all my years in an abusive church, it's that the most dangerous abuse apologetic comes from a sincere heart and good intentions.
And the most subtle form of spiritual abuse is cloaked in messages of empowerment.
I guess when you're hip and sincere, nobody suspects you of misogyny. You can tell the same lies about women that have been told for thousands of years and all anybody will see is the sincerity of your heart and your precious nerd glasses.
*due to an anti-feminist website sending an influx of trolling commenters, comments for this post are now closed.*