got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Women's Ways of Knowing (Camille)

I can't forget Carol Gilligan from the 1970s:

"Women often feel alienated in academic settings and experience 'formal' education as either peripheral or irrelevant to their central interests and development. . . . In everyday and professional life, as well as in the classroom, women often feel unheard even when they believe that they have something important to say. Most women can recall incidents in which either they or female friends were discouraged from pursuing some line of intellectual work on the grounds that it was 'unfeminine' or incompatible with female capabilities. Many female students and working women are painfully aware that men succeed better than they in getting and holding the attention of others for their ideas and opinions. All women grow up having to deal with historically and culturally engrained definitions of femininity and womanhood--one common theme being that women, like children, should be seen and not heard." (4-5).


  • At 9:00 AM, Blogger greenemama said…

    ::one common theme being that women, like children, should be seen and not heard.::

    gag me. that's terrible. it's bad enough that people believe this way about children (believe, not believed!) but about women! i wonder if this ("women should be seen and not heard") is very prevalent today?

  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    I do think it's connected to lots of research I've read that women are equal to the children in the domestic climate. The John R. Rice ilk of marital relations. They argue that women cannot have a relationship to God except through their husbands, and they even describe and vaidate "spanking" wives. :( The egalitarian research proves that this dynamic is most at risk for sexual abuse for the minors in the home. Sadly, you can see why.

  • At 6:22 PM, Blogger prairie girl said…

    Jack Hyles used to use the phrase "I am your daddy" with the young people at his school. It creeped me out and then we found out that he was involved with his secretary. yikes...

    My husband once made the decision for our family not to be involved with a certain pastor or his ministry when he observed that the man had less respect for me than he did for my husband. He wisely knew that it would only be a matter of time before that attitude would be part of the entire church structure.


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