As a follow-up to ECS’s post on Huckabee and “Chicken Patriarchy”, I thought I’d link to this post which explains in more detail how “submit” is discussed in evangelical circles and how Huckabee’s recent explanations do seem to be either a substantial revision of evangelical beliefs or a deceptive way of making evangelical teachings more palatable to the masses:
Here’s a quote that Majikthise takes from the official SBC website:
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Despite the discussion of “equal worth,” the quote clearly sets up a hierarchy–woman is to man as man is to God, and it doesn’t even have the sentence like we have in our own “Proclamation on the Family” that “In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.” In the Baptist world, it seems as if the wife is the one who “helps” her husband.
A couple of additional notes:
*I was surprised how much of a resemblance there was between the Baptist statement on the family that Majikthise links to and “The Proclamation on the Family” (they’re not identical as the quote I pull out clearly shows, but there are definitely echoes).
*She talks a little bit about how in Baptist culture women often get their way through persuasion and manipulation. And it got me thinking about how much I see that happening in the Mormon world (and how Mormon women often get critiqued for their indirectness and manipulative tendencies). Her post got me thinking about how women’s manipulative behavior often stems from being in systems and relationships where they have little “hard” power. While I don’t think manipulation is ideal under any kind of circumstances, the development of women’s tendency to being indirect and manipulative seems connected in part to patriarchy and its practices.