On Men and Heavy Lifting

box450_2Imagine you are part of a religion in which only women are allowed to serve in the majority of leadership positions.  Men, because they are stronger and better at lifting things, do a lot of work, but it is always under the direction of women.

“Having women in charge of everything isn’t fair,” observe some men.

Women respond: “Okay, you may have a point.  Wait a second while we ask God if men should be allowed to be in charge of anything. . . [time goes by]. . . Nope, God wants women in charge.  Sorry.”

“It’s still not fair,” some men say.

Women respond: “Don’t you believe in God?  God’s the one that set it up this way.  Men need to accept their role.  God made men stronger so you can lift stuff.  It’s a complimentary relationship. We’re in charge of everything in order to give you more time to lift stuff.  You need to be happy with that.”

“But being able to lift heavy stuff is a function of biology,” men point out.  “Being in charge of everything isn’t, so the two aren’t the same.”

Women respond: “Look, God gave you the ability to make sperm.  Women can’t do that.  Without sperm, there wouldn’t be any children or families.  So that’s how things are divided up.  Men produce sperm and lift things.  To balance things out, women are in charge of everything.  Men asking to be in charge is like women asking to make sperm.  It’s ridiculous.  Men should be grateful for their beautiful sperm-making capacity.”

“But we’re being underutilized,” some men insist.

Women respond: “We’re already equal.  We just have different roles.  If men feel like they’re not equal, it’s because they don’t understand God’s plan.  They’ve bought into what the world has been telling them.  Men have the capacity to produce sperm and lift things, and women are in charge of everything.  Women can’t have children without men, so men and women are equal partners, it’s just that women are the partners that are in charge of everything.  Will it help if women promise to give more talks telling men how valuable they are?  Here’s another idea: Why don’t men have their own conference where they can get together and tell each other how valuable they are?  That should help.”

“We shouldn’t be defined by our ability to lift heaving things, we’re more than that,” other men say.

Women respond: “Why do men want to be the same as women?  Can’t men see that there are biological differences between men and women?  Men are clearly the only ones that can produce sperm.  Women can’t do that.  And men are stronger, so God clearly intended them to lift things.  Men need to realize how valuable and sacred their role is.  Women being in charge of everything is a service to men, because it gives them more time to do what God wants them to do.”

“But we want to contribute in different ways,” men say.

Women respond: “Being in charge of everything isn’t about power or control, it’s about service.  Men should be grateful that women create space for them to concentrate on doing what God expects of them.”

“If being in charge in about service,” men say, “then we want to serve too.”

Women respond: “Sorry, if you ask to be in charge, then that means you must be seeking power or control, and that disqualifies you from being in charge.”

“But if we don’t ask, will we ever be given the opportunity to serve?” men ask.

Women respond: “Probably not, but that’s because God wants it that way.  If she wanted things changed, she’d let us know.”

If this were reality, how long would it take us to see through these arguments?

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