Before I finally stopped going to church, I attended a number of churches and announcements like the ones above are commonplace in these churches. The prevailing belief was that men should handle financial responsibilities and some hard labor that were not fit for women while women handle cooking and cleaning, activities that are not fit for men. This division of labor though coming from a place of love, is sexist and problematic as are many of the beliefs around gender relations in church.
This is the second part of the article I started here on benevolent sexism. If you haven’t read it, read it here.
If sexism is poison, benevolent sexism is poison with cream toppings so you don’t notice the poison if you’re not looking. But I’m looking so let’s examine some examples of benevolent sexism (bs).
Men should protect women
This is patronizing as well as harmful as it stems from the notion that
“The Lord Jesus can save you from this evil world. If you forsake your sinful lifestyle and accept him as Lord and savior, he will come into your heart, he will save you from the ruler of this world…”
I wonder who her Lord Jesus is and what kind of potion he gave to her, to make her boldly disturb and condemn people.
“One day this world of flesh will end, only Jesus can save you. The kind of music you are listening to, will it take you to heaven? The kind of clothe you are wearing, does God like it?”
On and on she goes, reciting the things her god does not like, her voice rising in pitch as she nears the greatest sin. My ears are itching for an eargasm when her voice returns back to normal, no peak. Disappointed, I hiss and turn my attention to other passengers.
“There should be more female leaders because women are more compassionate and gentle unlike men.”
Welcome to benevolent sexism 101.
Sexism is discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender.
Sexism can affect anyone, but it primarily affects women and girls and has been linked to stereotypes and gender roles. Sexism against women is primarily based on the belief that men are intrinsically superior to women.
Blessed are the feminists for they shall create an equal world
Blessed are the discerning who see the benevolent sexism in maggi ads. May their eyes never go dim.
Blessed are the activists for they shall create a better world
Blessed are the dog lovers for in due time they shall reap their harvest of cute things