**Fabulous Short Read On Gender Equality**

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I love this post on my new favorite blog, “The Junia Project!”

The writer of this post hit the nail right on the head!  Women and men who advocate for female equality are not arguing that females should be just like men.  Female leaders have their own unique styles and equality and sameness are not one in the same.

For your knowledge:  Complementarian advocates argue that men are supposed to be the only elders and leaders in the church and in the home.  They do not permit women to teach men; only children and other women.

Read the post here (let me know what you think):

http://juniaproject.com/confusing-equality-sameness-complementarian-misconception/

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  • It seems like a decent article clarifying the difference between “equality” versus “sameness.” However, I wish he had spent less time rebutting the wrong opinions of historical figures, and more time defending what the Bible has to say about it.

    Also, I read a few of the comments, and I believe he has some seriously mistaken ideas about biological versus social influences on gender/personality. He seems to imply that biologically determined traits associated with gender at birth are limited to physical gender differences only, and that any other gender differences associated with skills or personalities are purely due to social influences. That’s absolutely not true. For one thing, newborn brains DO differ at birth due to the influence of hormones in the womb. Primarily, the brain of newborn boys get washed with a lot more testosterone in utero…I like to joke that this causes brain damage 😉 In any case, there’s some good evidence that this is a biological basis for why males tend to be less relationally oriented than women, and tend to be better at spatial tasks instead.

    Despite that, I can confidently say that there has never been a doctor/midwife in the history of the world who has caught a newborn and stated “Congratulations, it’s a leader!” Everybody has the potential, but I don’t rule out the possibility that there is probably some underlying biological gender differences that tend to make men better at certain types of leadership roles than women…AND vice versa. Both men and women are made in the image of God, and therefore we both reflect different aspects of who He is. There is also no single “correct” way to lead.

  • It seems like a decent article clarifying the difference between “equality” versus “sameness.” However, I wish he had spent less time rebutting the wrong opinions of historical figures, and more time defending what the Bible has to say about it.

    Also, I read a few of the comments, and I believe he has some seriously mistaken ideas about biological versus social influences on gender/personality. He seems to imply that biologically determined traits associated with gender at birth are limited to physical gender differences only, and that any other gender differences associated with skills or personalities are purely due to social influences. That’s absolutely not true. For one thing, newborn brains DO differ at birth due to the influence of hormones in the womb. Primarily, the brain of newborn boys get washed with a lot more testosterone in utero…I like to joke that this causes brain damage 😉 In any case, there’s some good evidence that this is a biological basis for why males tend to be less relationally oriented than women, and tend to be better at spatial tasks instead.

    Despite that, I can confidently say that there has never been a doctor/midwife in the history of the world who has caught a newborn and stated “Congratulations, it’s a leader!” Everybody has the potential, but I don’t rule out the possibility that there is probably some underlying biological gender differences that tend to make men better at certain types of leadership roles than women…AND vice versa. Both men and women are made in the image of God, and therefore we both reflect different aspects of who He is. There is also no single “correct” way to lead.

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