When I set out to write this I didn’t think that it would be relevant for some of you. I had thought that unless you grew up in the type of town, place, and community as I did, or went to my church or attended my school… that these things I’m thinking through would look weird, or archaic, or inapplicable. But that simply isn’t true. We children of Western culture and our ideas about womanhood are largely shaped by the very same streams of philosophy and theology that precede us.
And what we collectively think about Woman shows up in things like our current 77.4 cents to every dollar wage gap between the genders. Women are generally paid less, even when their education rates are generally higher. Why? Read more “The Baby-Makin’, Prone-to-Evil, “Other” Gender: Woman.”
Click here to see part 1: “Growing Up Way Too Fast.”
THE INFANTILIZATION OF WOMEN
If you’ve never heard of the “infantilization” of women, allow me to introduce you; it is an incredible phenomenon by which our society systemically equates femininity with things like vulnerability, submission, uncertainty, and childhood. To be womanly today is to be, in many senses, infantile (cf Codes of Gender).
We see the effects of this social game played out in our efforts to mask age all the time; dyeing hair, liposuction, face-lifts, plastic surgery, anti-aging cream, hormonal injections, lying at a birthday party. We want to appear younger, and our desire to do so is hardly “vain” or “shallow;” it makes all too perfect sense in a culture that vilifies old age. Read more “The Infantilization of Women and a Theology of Aging (Getting Age Wrong Part 2)”