Having grown up under the thumb of male pre-eminence and dominance I never truly understood the power of women. Both men and women gravitate to certain culturally oriented powers in order to function in ways that will enable them some control in their daily lives. Both are able to be destructive as well as constructive.
It took most of my life so far for God to pull me up from the sticky mire of female subjugation. In the mire of gender, racial and social subjugation the subjugated rarely recognizes or can relate to personal power. It’s all about getting up from under, gaining what is restricted and proving you are deserving of equal opportunities. It’s a different worldview.
Now that I have been on the more level ground of Biblical equality for a while, I’ve been seeing a different view of women. What strikes me is the amazing power that some women have become skilled in. In the past I viewed men as the primary power holders, mainly positional, both good and bad. But even in the midst of less than equal relationships many women have discovered how to effectively control others, even those in positions considered of superior power. Thus these women can gain what they wish without having to acknowledge any responsibility.
On the plus side is that women really have always been capable of being positive influencers even those culturally subjugated. Women are far more powerful human beings than many people realize. What I find sad is that when a woman reaches out to do great things, there is applause, but no or little help. Most women have to climb the mountains on their own ingenuity, while men get a brotherhood of assistance.