Monday, January 12th

Hello, Public Theologians.

This week, we will be talking about Christ’s radical reversal of expectations with the way women are treated, and the Gospel mandate to “Love God, Love others”.

Head on over to Yashar Ali‘s 2011 article for The Good Men Project, entitled “Why Women Aren’t Crazy.“. In it, Yashar describes a type of “emotional manipulation that feeds an epidemic in our country, an epidemic that defines women as crazy, irrational, overly sensitive, unhinged.” He disassembles this stereotype/myth, revealing how such assumptions often lead to systems of manipulation that devalue women, their voices, independence, and lives.

Here are some questions to ponder as you read:

  1. What Biblical stories about Jesus and women come to mind when reading this article? How do people around Jesus act when he challenges the status quo?
  2. Have you ever found yourself “flickering the gaslights” or otherwise thinking that “women are crazy”?
  3. How might the term “crazy” misrepresent people who live with mental illness?
  4. Are there other groups of people about whom we tend to create generalized cultural myths that devalue others?
  5. How can we repair what damage we’ve done in our lives?

Come ready to talk. All are welcome.

See you at the Tap House, downtown, at 5:30.

(Direct link: goodmenproject.com/featured-content/why-women-arent-crazy/ )

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