Patriarchy and “The Propriety of Rape”

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Doug Wilson, Patriarchy and Rape

No stranger to controversy, Doug Wilson has kicked a hornet’s nest.

Since this is Doug Wilson, he is [quite naturally] peddling patriarchy. But particularly odious is the unstated premise that by not accepting his perspective, women act as agents in their own injury.

Ignoring the fact that our society rests upon a system of laws enforced by police workers and supported by courts where judges hand out sentences to law breakers, Mr. Wilson makes men the protectors of women.

Well…Some Men

In Doug’s bizarre vision, men are classified as predators and defenders. The safety of women is contingent on dutiful submission to defender men. And if women refuse the place of submission Doug defines for them?

‘One consequence of rejecting the protection of good men is that you are opening yourself up to the ‘predations of bad men.’

Rather than stating grounds for his view, Mr. Wilson speculates on what hypothetical consequences may befall an ‘egalitarian and very foolish reason’ for refusing a man’s protection. We all know how flattering it is to have ‘foolish’ reasoning. The ‘foolish’ and ‘irrational woman motifs aside, don’t miss the thinly veiled threat to ‘accept’ male protection — or else.

‘Protection.’ Ignoring the mob business racket, let us ask exactly how it ‘helps’ to make public safety contingent on the elevation the chauvinistic impulses of those who claim to be ‘charged’ as protectors?

Speaking of chauvinism, Mr. Wilson sets up his article by reminding us that ‘young Muslim men can grope women ad libitum,’ and that ‘the women are the ones blamed.’ No irony there, right?


7 thoughts on “Patriarchy and “The Propriety of Rape””

  1. Let’s see…I am single and self-supporting at 58 years of age. I went out as a missionary, came home to help with a family emergency, did more “home” nission work and then returned to teaching. I am active in my church and head up (as a volunteer) the children’s ministry team for the Spanish congregation. God has blessed me greatly. For whatever reason, that plan did not include a family of my own, but I am included in many families with auntie status because of my involvement with the kids. I have a freedom to serve God that I would never have if married. If I need to beg for a man’s protection, I do not believe I would be trusting God, Who has done an excellent job of organizing my life up to now. So, Mr. Wilson can lovingly jump off the proverbial cliff.

  2. Single, self supporting, and almost thirty. Living in a town with no family nearby because it was my best option and also a years long dream to live on the coast of Maine. So I should what? Move 500 miles home? Beg some random man to marry me? Please. Doug Wilson can go kiss a toilet seat.

    1. Dear Linn and CaffeinatedSquirrel:

      Sometime, we may have to do a ‘things Doug Wilson can do’ Friday Challenge… LOL!

      1. Don’t tempt me! I may have a bunch of my single, professional friends join the party. I always wonder if Doug W. ever read all the verses in 1 Corinthians 7.

  3. I am tired of Doug Wilson and those like him. Telling him to kiss a toilet seat is spot on. Let him lick the inside of a urinal clean, too. Such a jerk.

  4. Dear Linn and Caff. Squirrel,

    Kudos to you! I always love to hear about strong single women who are living their dreams and contributing to their communities.


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