April DeConick writes,
- I have to say that it is striking how immediately aggressive and sexualized some of the male reaction to my gender blogging has been, and how the humor used (including the cartoons and some of my colleagues reactions to those cartoons and circulation of them) turned women like me into either bitches, madams, or dominatrixes. Much of the male interpretation of my words has literalized them and exaggerated them, so that my words have been turned into the sexist words of a "man-hater" as one blogger put it. I wonder if he would say this to my husband?
I wonder if anyone else has wondered what the purpose of this kind of sexually aggressive rhetoric is? What is it trying to accomplish?
Rather than assert that women have the worst of all worlds, let me simply say that the bible is often used to deprive women of authority, in the home and in the church. This is what many women bloggers are trying to address before they move into the luxury of dabbling in speculation on archaeological contributions to the academy.
Here is a good example of a biblioblog focused on this single issue. Who knows what women might write about if they were freed from the tyranny of the teaching of submission?