Today, I respond to a question raised in response to yesterday’s video.
In relation to your “Paul Maxwell on Masculinity” video, I definitely have observed the beneficial impact that working together seems to have on men. However, you suggest that keeping men and women working separately as much as possible is the best way to allow men to have good sense of their own masculinity. What exactly would that look like in a modern context, and are there areas where you think that separation would become problematic? Prudence Allen’s work on philosophical concepts of women indicates that the treatment of universities as male-only spaces did have some very negative results, and she argues for a complementarity view of the sexes that emphasizes the way positive interaction between the sexes can create more fruitful results, intellectual and otherwise, than if the sexes are kept separate. Are there spaces where you think gender exclusion should not take place?
Within the discussion, I reference Sister Prudence Allen’s three volume work, The Concept of Woman—Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3.
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Alastair, thanks so much for yet more food for thought. I have run up against this contrast in male/female styles of discourse in my Church when we have discussed topics such as Muslim immigration to Europe. One guess as to which group was in favour of letting them all in.
A further insidious difference inside the Churches (some worse than others) is that between hetero and homo styles of debate. Here I note a bizarre but entirely logical combination of male and female voices inside the homosexual group. They can combine a male aggressiveness and self-confidence with a female appeal to mercy and sensitivity. The most extreme example of which I am aware is Father Timothy Radcliffe, advisor to Pope Francis and former world-wide Master of the Dominicans. He tells us how generous, vulnerable and tender sodomy can be (female, including language) with a declaration that anyone who opposes gay priests should be banned from the priesthood (male, excluding language).
Needless to say, anyone who blew the whistle on Dominican sodomy would themselves be cast out (male exclusion). “Our communities must be places in which there is no accusation, ‘… the accuser of our brethren is cast forth …’ “(Apoc. 12.10)”
And, of course, homosexual debaters can endlessly play the “victim versus haters” card. Guess which one I was in on-line debates.
This video is another home run!
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