Well, I’ll be posting infrequently, but I saw this today (got up early) and it was too provocative a statement not to post up given that we’ve been talking a little about gender roles recently. Tori Amos, a performer coming to Sydney in concert soon, said this in the Sydney Morning Herald today:
“I’m attracted to the idea of what sin is and how it’s been defined for hundreds of years because, frankly, the patriarchal fathers have the power to define us and how women view their bodies, and the fact they have this power is the greatest sin, an abuse of their power,” Amos says.
So, is the fact that certain powerful men have had this kind of power over women and how women view themselves, one of the greatest sins that has been perpetrated on the human race, especially given that we are about 50% women and possibly a much higher percentage within church groups?
Amos grew up being a minister’s daughter and is an undoubtedly intelligent person, in my view. Also, abuse of power is in my view one of the greatest sins, whatever form it takes. It’s the main cause of systemic trouble in churches, particularly when combined with an unacknowledged self interest in outcomes. (When the self interest is acknowledged, there is a chance that its effect is reduced.)
(Disclosure: I am a Tori Amos fan, especially her early work, and loved one of her concerts which I saw maybe 10 years back.)