"Just look what is required of a man to remain in the Watchtower Society. He has to meekly submit to the Alpha males in the congregation, submitting his balls in a little paper bag. If he keeps this up for five years or ten, or if daddy is an elder, he gets to do the same to the next set of converts. And how is he rewarded for being top dog in the Kingdom Hall? He gets to take a verbal lashing from his CO on a regular basis. Talk about whipped.
It's not just the JW's. I see this trend in most churches in the western world. It's because religion in the western world has gone all soft and girly. There's Sunday School and Bake Sales and knitting bees, all run by women. Popular groups like "Promise Keepers" and Christian Bikers are an attempt to restore a manly-man role in the church."
Janet, great post. It made me laugh. I realize now that everything I have done in the congregation is in order to avoid having to submit my balls in a little paper bag. I've learned that I can be cooperative without having to constantly express my humility. I have embraced my ambition. When I go to the meetings and look around from my seat I see a bunch of people with blank looks on their faces, listening to talks on "how to pause," hearing dry demonstrations of how to place the magazines at a door "oh well thank you so much of course I will read them this is bullshit" slipping out of their mouths, reading paragraphs that admonish them to all trust in the paragraph, and so on. Its enough to make me go down and apply for the Masonic Lodge. Or whatever happened to the IOOF? We are all about the social aspects of religion anyway... thats all everyone comes for - is to see their friends and talk before and after the meeting. THe meetings might as well be conducted by machines - its so 'by wrote' and absurdedly superficial.
For all the rest of you - I really don't know what the discussion is all about... I was just asking why women seem to be more prevelent in religion - not asking about role reversals, that has little to do with the question. Specifically, how I can understand why attending meetings and stuff is so important to my wife with her low self-esteem. But I think I got enough to work with, thanks for your responses.
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