Different but Equal: Communication between the Sexes

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Gender Communication and Religion

Let those who do not practice all they preach stop preaching long enough to catch up.

Anonymous


PORTRAIT ONE

Suzanne dreamed of marrying, having a family, and being at home taking care of her children. After a few years of what she thought was complete happiness she and her husband divorced and Suzanne then had the responsibility of raising the children alone while working full time. She claimed that she did not receive equal pay for equal work and would have sued the company if she had been smarter. Later she remarried and began working in her home to contribute to the financial status of the family. She expected equity in work roles for women and equity in roles at home. She did not believe she could ever submit to her husband’s authority, either in a spiritual or in a secular sense. In fact, she believed women, more often than not, acted as the spiritual leaders of their homes. She believed women took more time to read and understand Scripture, and men focused more on work matters. Suzanne believed women of faith should follow extremely restrictive rules in the church. She believed that women in the church had substantial power and influence and could witness in many other ways than in the pulpit.

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