I don’t typically post on Saturday, but this post at The Paris Project caught my attention, and it reminded me of a passage from Consuming Jesus that I wanted to share.
This baseball analogy is credited to John Perkins:
Two teams have been playing baseball. After seven inning, it comes out that the team that is ahead has been cheating the whole game: as a result, the score is 20 to 0.
This team makes apologies, but they don’t change the score going into the final two innings. Obviously, the team that is down 20-0 is still in an unfair, severely disadvantaged position.
A history of disadvantage does carry over into the present.
The situation is far too complex to attempt to alleviate the problem without addressing structural issues of disadvantage.
Concerning the gender issue, I hear the frustration on both sides. Does this analogy help to clarify the point at which women have entered the game?
There are many men who are willing to embrace the full participation of women. They do not understand why their stance of acceptance isn’t adequate.
Why are women still crying out for inclusion and empowerment?
What can be done?