Article on Patriarchy

I proposed, half jokingly, writing an article on patriarchy and why I love it for Convivium.

Never got around to it but now with Fr Hunwicke’s musings and some of the reaction to it I see over at his site and here, I am resurrecting the idea.

Just as there is ecumenism—bad—-and ecumenism—good, there is patriarchy—bad—and patriarchy—good.

Bad patriarchy is all about using superior male strength and might makes right to suppress women and use force and external structures to keep them under control.  (Which is not to say matriarchal societies do not have their own systems of control, but I disgress).

Patriarchy is good, patriarchy is the proper order of things when men get the order of life right themselves and submit to God in Jesus Christ and love their wives the way Christ loves the Church and be willing to die for her.

It does not mean lording it over women and children, acting like a jerk and expecting obeisance merely because you are male and bigger.  Or suppressing any public expression of female beauty for fear of what it will do to men who obviously can’t control themselves from temptation.  Puhleeze.

A truly sacrificial love is required and if you want to know why there is so much rebellion afoot is because men have largely abdicated in that area.  If they stick around, they let women run the show because it is easier than to stand firm and correct her and put up with the (hopefully) temporary consequences of making that correction.  Or they stick around but they become resentful and bullying because they lack natural authority that comes from their being submitted to Christ and expressing His authority.

Grrrrrrr.  (Just kidding. I still like Fr. Hunwicke!)

 

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5 Responses to Article on Patriarchy

  1. Benedict Marshall says:

    When Christ is not allowed to be a Man for fear of offending women, then we deny his humanity. Blessed are those who find no offense in him. Strangely enough, Women have had the most intimate encounters with Jesus. From Birth to Resurrection.

    On “Public expressions of female beauty” —There’s that, and there’s Modesty. Girls going about with too much exposed skin isn’t modest, in fact it is arrogant- I could also say the same about men going about shirtless in public- I don’t care if you’re an Abercrombie and Fitch model, put a shirt on.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Benedict,

      You wrote: When Christ is not allowed to be a Man for fear of offending women, then we deny his humanity.

      Yes, you are absolutely correct about this. There is no doubt of the historical fact that Jesus walked among us as a male human being, and that his human body had male genitals. Those who refuse to acknowledge this fact deny both his human nature and historical fact.

      You wrote: On “Public expressions of female beauty” —There’s that, and there’s Modesty. Girls going about with too much exposed skin isn’t modest, in fact it is arrogant- I could also say the same about men going about shirtless in public- I don’t care if you’re an Abercrombie and Fitch model, put a shirt on.

      This is much more situational. I have no problem with a woman wearing a thong bikini or a gent wearing a “Speedo” on the beach or around a pool, or even in the back yard, when trying to get a suntan. Of course, such attire obviously would not be appropriate at the supermarket or at the dinner table.

      Norm.

      • Foolishness says:

        I can do without thongs or Speedos except perhaps on exceptionally young, firm, beautiful bodies.

      • Benedict Marshall says:

        Hey… I have an exceptionally young, firm beautiful body, but I don’t want anyone knowing about it! That’s for my wife-that-will-never-be to see.

        But I still hate speedos like Dracula hates the sun. I’ll thank men not to wear them. Especially those who own untamed wildernesses upon their persons.

        Honestly, when I see a pretty girl in a bikini, I desperately want to think the best of her. During spring break, what I found out was that a whole lot of girls who’re the “WHOOO! CHECK -THESE- OUT!” types (And do have something to brag about) are air-headed bimbos. We get mutually bored with each other in conversation, so they look for some drunken frat boys to hang out (read: get drunk and have sex) with.

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