By MichaelMH Published Nov. 18, 2022
It should come as no surprise to anyone that right-wing megachurch pastor Doug Wilson is a misogynist. This is the man who teaches that wives must obey husbands in all matters, including sex.
In addition to being pastor of Christ Church in Idaho, Wilson launched a religious college and educational models, for private schools and homeschooling and is a popular speaker on the political/ religious revival circuit.
He also owns a book-publishing house. It published his novel "Ride, Sally, Ride" about a Christian student so enraged by his neighbor's sexpot wife, he throws her into a recycling compactor, then faces murder charges.
His most famous aphorism is that God designed the male as the one who "penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts.” He counsels married couples that sex is "not an egalitarian pleasuring party" so women shouldn't expect to enjoy it as much as men. Wilson even advises husbands to control how their wives vote.
So, it should come as no surprise that Wilson and his disciples would blame women for Republican midterm losses. Specifically, Wilson blames college-educated women. In a recent blog post, he wrote: "The GOP lost because college educated white women were successfully propagandized by the Left...
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“The problem was not that we ran bad candidates who embraced bad ideas. The problem was that we had good candidates who did not sufficiently repudiate the bad ideas."
It's clear that Wilson has a problem with women who are educated and independent-minded. He wants them to be submissive and obedient, and he doesn't think women should be allowed to think for themselves. This is not only offensive, but it's also dangerous (have you heard of the Handmaidens Tale??).
Wilson is part of a growing trend of right-wing Christians who are using their platform to spew hate speech against women. Just last week, another right-wing Christian leader, E.W. Jackson, said that feminism is "a demonic doctrine" and that women who identify as feminists are "indoctrinated into believing that they are little more than sexual objects."
These kinds of comments are not only offensive, they're also dangerous. They help to create an environment in which violence against women is tolerated and even encouraged. And make no mistake: violence against women is on the rise in this country. According to the FBI, reports of rape increased by 5 percent from 2016 to 2020, and reports of stalking increased by 15 percent.
In My Opinion
It's clear that Doug Wilson and other right-wing Christian leaders have a problem with women who are educated and independent-minded. Their hateful rhetoric against women helps to create an environment in which violence against women is tolerated and even encouraged. We need to speak out against these kinds of comments and make it clear that they are not welcome in our society.