January 20, 2010
The Rev. James Jackson writes:
I looked around for an image which would express a little of what you said about the clergy [here and here], and came up with this. It’s a Carthusian monk entering the door of La Grande Chartreux. The picture is worth a thousand words I think.
Thank you. That’s the perfect image of brutal force and oppression. It does nicely capture what I was saying. Think of all the women outrageously beaten back from the gates of monasteries where power-hungry men like this fellow observed extreme solitude and labor.
This truly is where the idiocy of the male conspiracy theories is exposed. It’s one thing to say women are oppressed because they’re not presidents or Nobel Prize winners. It’s another thing to say they’re oppressed because they’re not poor celibates.