We don’t mean to do it–most of the time–but we do. And I might be part of the problem. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, Hello faithful readers! I took the last couple of Fridays off from blogging–the first unplanned due to sick kiddos, the second due to being on vacation–but I’m back now, and with an interesting topic to discuss!
While on vacation, I read a 2013 article entitled “How We Teach Our Kids that Women Are Liars.” My initial reaction to the title was, ‘I think I see where you’re going with this’ and, at the same time, ‘nuh-uh!’–so, of course, I had to keep reading. In essence, the article makes the case that, going all the way back to the bible, and through to the stories of today, women have been portrayed as dishonest, manipulative, deceitful, conniving. And, you know, I think they might be right.
As someone who contributes to the vast collection of stories on earth, I’m dying to hear others’ thoughts, and to discuss. Do you think this is true? So read the article and tell me what you think!
P.S. As I’m writing this, Carrie Underwood is on the television singing her new song “Church Bells” about an abused woman who kills her husband.
I swear, popular music would have us all believe that murder is the only solution available to a woman being beaten by her significant other. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s actually true (see various articles about the credibility gap between men and women and how it leads to women’s reports of violence or assault being downplayed or disregarded by authorities.) But the worst part is that these two things might feed each other, creating a self-perpetuating loop: songs about women murdering their abusive spouses are the result of too many women not being taken seriously when they try to report their abuse–likewise, the same songs contribute to the general sense of women being conniving, which leads to them not being taken seriously when they report their abuse. And on, and on.