Monday, September 18, 2006

Christian makers strike back

Judy Abolafya, who was the focus of part of a Salon article I made a post about a couple days ago, has made a response to Salon, which she's been copy-pasting to some of the blogs which picked up the story. (Apparently the article made a big splash on some of the internets.)

I'd figured that the article might have been written so as to focus on some aspects of the interview at the expense of others, but Abolafya's response suggests that it might have involved more serious misrepresentations. (At one point she complains about a quote attributed to her in the article. I'm not sure if she meant to say that she was misquoted there.)

Echidne of the Snakes writes a response to part of Abolafya's response. Not the part that claims that she was misrepresented (I'm inclined to think that she was), but Abolafya's attempt to defend her church from the charge of sexism. Apart from the portrayal of Abolafya's home life, one might wonder about this feature of her church (from the Salon article):
Following Driscoll's biblical reading of prescribed gender roles, women quit their jobs and try to have as many babies as possible.
I'm not sure where in the bible one gets that from.

Anyways, Abolafya responds:
To suggest that I am at the effect of a misogynist husband and church is hilarious when you consider the real sexism that I experienced in the music industry as a single woman. I toured with a band once whose tour manager used to make jokes that I should play “bunk roulette” with the guys on the bus. I got kicked off a tour for the simple fact that I was a woman because the drummer’s girlfriend thought he’d hit on me. And I couldn’t go to a venue without local security guards assuming I was a groupie or that one of the guys in the band was my boyfriend.
Echidne:
This statement reminded me of other defenses of the voluntary submission of women I have read on my tours of Christian Lady blogs. The basic idea is that women must make a bargain with the sexist world: either you will be molested and treated poorly by most men out there or you can choose one husband to obey and he will protect you. But in either case you submit, really. That there might be a third alternative for women doesn't enter the discussion at all.
Every woman needs a good strong man to protect her from the patriarchy.

1 comment:

Micah said...

Following Driscoll's biblical reading of prescribed gender roles, women quit their jobs and try to have as many babies as possible.I'm not sure where in the bible one gets that from.

One might get it from 1 Timothy 2:15. Of course, it's often difficult to tell when Paul is speaking ex cathedra and when he's giving his own personal opinion. Sometimes he specifically says he's doing the latter, which tells us he might do it elsewhere but not tell us about it. In this context (1 Timothy 2), it sounds like he starts off in the former role and then veers off to the latter. I don't know if that's the "orthodox" explanation of the passage, but in any case I don't know of any church, even theologically conservative (like the one of which I'm a member), that doesn't allow women to speak in church (which is also in 1 Timothy 2).