If you have read even just one of the criticisms of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, and want something more to read than my Valentine’s drivel, then Wendy Alsup has written a great post, Fifty Shades of Genesis 3:16. She has been arguing for years that we get the interpretation of Genesis 3:16 wrong when we read it that women want to dominate men, and the evidence seems to be stacking up in her favour.
Ironically, I see it even in the post I wrote below. The frustration and disappointment and sometimes even rage that women can feel when men won’t take initiative and be responsible. And it does appear that women rising up and dominating is actually a perverted response to that disappointment and frustration. For every domineering woman there is usually a passive man, and you’d have trouble sorting out where the relationship dynamic began. That is not to say that women can’t have very real problems in respecting their husbands, but that the fallenness of the dynamic is not always as it appears (Wendy has also written many good posts on respect too).