The coffee shop where I work is constantly crawling with holy rollers. One of these people recently left her "amplified" version of the bible behind, and it was promptly taken to the back. I have been perusing it for a week, looking for every passage that the owner highlighted and trying to divine what kind of person this mystery woman is.
The most heavily highlighted areas were in the book of Job and Proverbs, particularly passages about women. More particularly than that, this passage
What I found most interesting was that the encouraging parts that don't
devalue the female gender were highlighted ("She is far more precious than jewels..."), but not the parts that fail to fall in line with a modern American view of women ("She comforts, encourages, and does [her husband] only good as long as there is life within her").
Is the only way to marry the ideas of being a woman and being a Christian to ignore the inability of Christianity to fairly serve both genders? Assuming, that is, that it truly serves either. There is no shortage of what Christians would consider factual support from the bible for the idea that women are all "Eves."
It is impossible to be a Christian, at least not a by-the-book Christian, without also being a sexist. I realize that there are these "Neo-Christian" types that do a real number on the bible with pick-and-choose interpretation, just like the woman who forgot her bible for dummies. That brings up a whole other point of irritation for me. If one is going to be religious, I don't understand how one can tailor a religion to him or herself and not be considered a heretic.
Besides all of that, I don't think that Christianity would exist today if it were not for sexism. If Mary didn't face getting stoned to death for getting knocked up before marriage, there would have been no need for the cockamamie immaculate conception story anyhow. Odds are, Joseph pressured her to have sex before marriage and told her nothing bad was going to happen. But, I guess I'm biased.
On another note, lots of atheists are sexist, too. Even lots of sexist, atheist women. Especially if you, like me, consider it sexist to identify yourself to others through objectification and the exploitation of your own sexuality. Some people might call that "owning" yourself. I call it a cheap shot.
Honestly, I was mildly disappointed by not finding a feminist group on T|A - but then I thought, "How unnecessary to divide ourselves further." Which is why I decided against starting one.
Anyhow! I'm off to do something productive.