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Summer Links: Mask-ulinity, Male Privilege, and Ashley Judd

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We’re taking a break until September, but wanted to share a few links related to 10 Ways Male Privilege Shows Up in the Church. Several readers pointed out that male privilege not only affects women, it also impacts men in negative ways. Here are some resources that expand on this theme:


In this video seven men across the Biola University campus engage in an honest discussion about masculinity, answering questions like “What have you been told it means to be a ‘biblical man’?” “How has your culture and ethnic background influenced your understanding of masculinity?” Well worth the time! Sponsored by Thrive (the Biola chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality).


Three Ways Patriarchy is Bad for Men - Tim Peck describes how patriarchy puts undue pressure on men.

What Equality in Christ Means for Men - Bob Edwards shares how male hierarchy in the church impacted him personally.

Our friend Rob Dixon proposes three more consequences of Male Privilege in the Church and addresses the ongoing saga at Mars Hill, Seattle in Finally, a Driscoll Post.


In this academic article Steven Farough discusses how male privilege hurts men physically and psychologically, commenting “If one desires to be a ‘real man’, one should be prepared for an early death” (p. 115), a sobering thought in light of Robin Williams’ recent suicide. He also discusses the impact of the dominant masculinity model on men who don’t fit in. (Farough is the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology, at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.)


In an April 2012 post actress Ashley Judd called out the media for mean-spirited comments on her appearance. Even though it is an older quote, we thought it was too good not to share here:

Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participateIt affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings.”

See you next week. And don’t forget about our Blog Contest! Entries due 8/25.


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