Friday, November 30, 2012

Some thoughts on patriarchy.....

...inspired by some other thoughts on the topic by "soon to retire blogger" Elspeth.  Now our sister at Breathing Grace is absolutely correct that the prevailing mood of our culture is to henpeck men, and that it is offensive.

In short, it's a lot like our culture's attitude towards those of us who love their wives enough to provide them with the opportunity to have more than one or two children.  I've heard "You know, they've learned what causes those things" far more than once.

One blessed day, I figured out the proper response:  "Yes, and my wife and I enjoy it very much."--implicitly suggesting, of course, that the less fertile may be there because would-be-Dad wasn't taking "Husbands, love your wives" very seriously, if you catch my drift.

So is the key to defending patriarchy a bit of humor about the situation?  Imagine you hear this:

You know, I've learned that the most important words a man can say are "yes, dear."

One thing I've learned over the years is that the wife is the boss.

So now let's illustrate the absurdity with a touch of humor.

Wow, you've got it bad--even feminists agree it should be a 50-50 proposition!

With that attitude, you're going to make her a great wife!

You do know that there are few things more attractive to a woman than leadership, right?

Life is like dancing; if the guy doesn't lead, he ends up stepping on her toes.

Egalitarianism; because what orchestra needs a director?

Any other thoughts?  Or, for that matter, catcalls?

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