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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A Woman for President? (Shanna)

Recently, I ran into a fellow believer. We got to talking about politics and elections, and, in the course of the conversation, she told me she could never endorse a woman being president--or senator, representative, or mayor, in most cases. "I just don't think women should have that kind of leadership," she told me. She also said that she wouldn't know what to do without her husband--"How would I make decisions?" she explained. "Women and their hormones ... can you imagine?"

I asked her where we should draw the line--if a woman can't be in governmental leadership, can she be a company manager? a college professor? She told me that she'd really have to pray about that (or maybe ask her husband).

I think it's a very real question Christians have asked themselves: Could a woman be an effective president? According to a September article at ABC News, Americans may be ready; but are Christians also willing to ignore stereotypes and really search for the best candidate?

7 Comments:

  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger Monica said…

    Every time I hear someone wonder whether "women and their hormones" can handle high-stress situations, I just laugh. Do any of us really know any perfectly-keeled guys? I know my husband, bless his heart, is moody on occasion, and I've got other guy friends who make me look as cool-headed as a porcelain doll in December.

    It's a good thing that being around kids doesn't have any stress involved in it, because then where would we be? *roll eyes*

     
  • At 11:04 AM, Blogger Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said…

    While I think it takes a special woman (and for that matter, a special man) to be a good national leader, we have examples of women who have done it and done it well. Margaret Thatcher jumps to mind as a fantastic leader and what about those strong-minded queens in England? And for those like the woman mentioned who seem uncertain, what about Deborah, a judge over all Israel? It is not a role I would be remotely interested in, but I will look to vote for the best person, man or woman, in coming elections. -rlr

     
  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Light said…

    I wonder how those individuals who oppose women in elected office would vote if their own party put a woman on the ticket, while the opposition put a man on the ticket. That might be kind of fun to watch.

     
  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger Jennie C. said…

    Just a general observation...Men don't want to follow a woman. They will if they have to, if their jobs depend on it, for example, but they'd much rather be led by a man. I think that is most likely why a woman would have a harder time getting elected. This even came up on the TV show "Commander In Chief".

     
  • At 6:22 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    Men don't WANT to follow women? I think that's painting with some pretty broad strokes. I certainly don't find that to be the case at all. The men I know and love are confident in their masculinity to follow good leaders no matter what the leaders' gender.

     
  • At 8:55 PM, Blogger Ainsley said…

    I'm hesitant to associate "confident in their masculinity" with "therefore wanting/able to follow a woman." This paints the issue in as broad of strokes as the Jennie's comment. The fact is, those two descriptions are not mutually exclusive. Men can be both confident in their masculinity and prefer not to "follow" a woman leader.

    I think it's probably a bit better to discus the question of 'Is it appropriate for a woman to lead in areas outside of the church and home?' Gotta admit, I haven't thought about it much, but I'd probably agree with Ben & Mom at first glance.

     
  • At 7:01 AM, Blogger Camille said…

    **I'm hesitant to associate "confident in their masculinity" with "therefore wanting/able to follow a woman." This paints the issue in as broad of strokes as the Jennie's comment. The fact is, those two descriptions are not mutually exclusive. Men can be both confident in their masculinity and prefer not to "follow" a woman leader.**

    You are incorrect. My strokes are far from as broad as yours. First off, you included all men; I'm just including those that I know and love -- mine is a terrifically smaller subset of yours.

    Secondly, you're making gender the issue here -- the be-all-and-end-all issue. I refuse to.

    So your accusation that I'm speaking as broadly as you doesn't hold.

     

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