“Why not just paint a big red bull’s-eye on her?”

David Barton, history revisionist and Christian dominionist extraordinaire, makes his case that women will be happiest in a United States run on Biblical principles:

When Barton says:

“We have actaully women saying, ‘I don’t want to be treated different from everybody else.’ No, we want to respect you, we want to honor you, we want to elevate you…”

I am reminded of a conversation on a dating site in which I took part. A woman in the thread commented that wanting to “elevate” a woman was an attribute of the typical “nice guy” — the man who always figured that if he paid compliments or did nice things for a woman, she owed him something. Besides, as she continued, putting a woman onto a pedestal just allows the men underneath to look up her skirt.

Also, putting a woman on a pedestal makes her an easier target. I’d wager that David Barton buys the Biblical (actually, Levitical) principle concerning non-virginal women who are trying to get married:

“But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin, then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel, by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you…”

In all the myriad discussions I’ve ever had with believers in Biblical laws, I’ve never been able to get anyone to tell me which “laws” are to be followed and which ones should be ignored — except those few very, very scary ones that say “All of them!”

Rather like Sharia fanatics.

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2 comments on ““Why not just paint a big red bull’s-eye on her?”

  1. “putting a woman onto a pedestal just allowed the men underneath to look up her skirt.”

    That is one of the best things I’ve ever read about this subject.

    And you’re right. Religious zealots are not capable of recognizing their own extremism.

  2. givesgoodemail says:

    There used to be all sorts of discussions on that site about “nice guy” vs. “good man” (the latter being a much more positive definition).

    I learned that when men bring out the “pedestal” line, many women run away screaming.

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