Can women think?

"Can Women Think?" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Can Women Think?” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Of course women can think, as in they are able.
But can they speak, as in are they allowed?

It amazes me when I still come across claims that women aren’t equipped to think theologically.
But if they are they still cannot speak in the churches.
And if they do speak it always has to be at home and positive, such as in never challenging her husband.

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3 Responses

  1. Melody says:

    The one I often heard was: women are too emotional to speak in church. They might not provide a neutral or objective perspective…! When you consider all the screaming and yelling from some pulpits, I suspect these men are somewhat emotional too on occasion… It’s really a non-reason, of course, as being objective or emotional is just being human and both may be relevant in a sermon.

  2. [kindajoke] If men can’t make their own sandwiches, how can I expect them to make sound theological decisions? [/kindajoke]

    It does seem like a fantastically stupid double standard for men to think and get emotional and still have the right to lead the Church but women get the short end of the stick. All likely because of this notion that Eve (as she was “tempted” by some “snake” or whatever) was the reason we’re boned to begin with.

  3. Jarred H says:

    Cecilia, it gets even worse when you realize that many of these men are the same people who push the modesty movement — meaning that they believe men are uncontrollable hormone monsters who can’t keep themselves in check if they see a woman showing too much skin — and often believe in complimentarism to the point where men are wild and reckless and need wives to “tame” them.

    So you know, their idea of the perfect leader is one who has out of control hormones and a total inability for self-discipline. Makes about as much sense as a triangular wheel. (Also, their opinion of men is the absolute worst, if you really think about it.)