From around the web: Christianity matrilineal?, hypergamy still ticking, Shiela Gregroire spreading feminism, Aaron Renns’s analysis of Rational Male Religion, gender gaps in mental health

This one was posted several months ago, but I never really went to analyze it.

I do see some truth in the case being made though, although one can go back very far in this regard I think. It’s similar to how Timothy was raised by his mother and grandmother, and then Paul (in 1 and 2 Timothy) has to teach him how to be a leader of the Church.

Readers can draw their own conclusions.

But hypergamy turns out to be a stubborn thing. It seems that the highly-credentialed alpha female still prefers a mate above her pay grade. In one of the most widely-cited papers on the subject, demographer Yue Qian compared couples in the 1980 Census and in 2012 American Community Survey. She found that during the intervening decades, though wives became more likely to marry down in terms of educational achievement, “the tendency for women to marry men with higher incomes than themselves persisted.” In fact, women with the same or more education than their husbands were more likely to marry up.

The latest entry to the hypergamy literature, published in the December 2019 issue of The European Sociological Review, confirms Qian’s findings and adds some suggestive details. Using Swedish register data for people born across several decades, the two authors, Margarita Chudnovskayaof Stockholm University and Ridi Kasrup of Oxford, divided couples into three groups: 1) couples where a woman is more highly educated than her husband, 2) those in which the husband is more highly educated, and 3) couples where both partners are highly educated. Arguing that social life exists across “multiple dimensions of status,” they also looked at the social origin, occupational prestige, and income for the three groups. And they limited their analysis to couples before they had children so as to rule out the regrettably termed “motherhood penalty.”

“It seems that the highly-credentialed alpha female still prefers a mate above her pay grade.”

The results? On several dimensions, status was consistent with education levels: the partner with higher education (male or female) also had higher occupational prestige and social class. But when it came to income, hypergamy re-asserted itself. In every union type, including those with a more educated female partner, “men are the most likely to be the main earners.” That Sweden’s commitment to gender egalitarianism is close to a state religion and that women have been partnering with less-educated men for decades only adds to the salience of the findings.

And is should be no surprise to anyone that attraction is still base rooted in God’s creation rather than what our brains think about equality or whatever.

It would be wise to only marry a woman who will look up to and respect what you do and who earns less. Otherwise, you’ll have to help her fight temptation there which she may easily succumb to discontent or comparisons.

Evangelicals are pointing fingers at “celebrity Christian culture,” blaming it for the tragic Ravi Zacharias sexual abuse and rape scandal and the extramarital escapades of Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz (as well as so many more). But what if this epidemic is not just — or even mostly — caused by celebrity culture?

What if it’s the evangelical view of sex?

Yes, celebrity culture gave Zacharias more access to victims and gave both men cover for what they were doing. But it was not celebrity culture that taught these men to objectify women. Our evangelical culture primed them for it.

Take the best-selling Every Man’s Battle series of books. “Every Heart Restored” says: “Because of male hardwiring, men don’t naturally have that Christian view of sex.” “Every Man’s Battle” says: “We find another reason for the prevalence of sexual sin among men. We got there naturally — simply by being male.”

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Repeatedly, God-given male sexuality and objectification of women are seen as one and the same. Tim LaHaye, in “The Act of Marriage,” echoes this: “Women must cultivate the problem of visual lust, whereas men almost universally must cope with the problem just because they are men.”

So if men can’t help it, what do these books propose is the solution?

Women! It is women who keep men from sinning. And it starts with understanding this is just how men are.

Don’t let any Christian women read her stuff. What’s said is I keep seeing her website and blog pop up on many Christian feeds just like Beth Moore and other women. It’s scary because people can’t see what they’re peddling is not Christian at all.

It sounds good and I guess it’s what 2 Timothy 4 calls “3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

Mike Licona has a good response to the Ravi allegations.

As was probably assumed at least from the review, Rollo mainly analyzes only churchianity and it’s fall to feminists and secularism. He doesn’t discuss anything in regard to what true Christians should be doing, just his own prescriptions from a purely materialist and secularist standpoint which are not options for Christians.

There was also Renn’s shout out to The Biblical Masculinity Blueprint as well.

Mental ill-health is a leading cause of disease burden worldwide. While women suffer from greater levels of mental health disorders, it remains unclear whether this gender gap differs systematically across regions and/or countries, or across the different dimensions of mental health. We analysed 2018 data from 566,829 adolescents across 73 countries for 4 mental health outcomes: psychological distress, life satisfaction, eudaemonia, and hedonia. We examine average gender differences and distributions for each of these outcomes as well as country-level associations between each outcome and purported determinants at the country level: wealth (GDP per capita), inequality (Gini index), and societal indicators of gender inequality (GII, GGGI, and GSNI). We report four main results: 1) The gender gap in mental health in adolescence is largely ubiquitous cross-culturally, with girls having worse average mental health; 2) There is considerable cross-national heterogeneity in the size of the gender gap, with the direction reversed in a minority of countries; 3) Higher GDP per capita is associated with worse average mental health and a larger gender gap across all mental health outcomes; and 4) more gender equal countries have larger gender gaps across all mental health outcomes. Taken together, our findings suggest that while the gender gap appears largely ubiquitous, its size differs considerably by region, country, and dimension of mental health. Findings point to the hitherto unrealised complex nature of gender disparities in mental health and possible incongruence between expectations and reality in high gender equal countries.

Much like the Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, it should not be a surprise that when women are pushed to be more and more like men and add on tons of extra responsibilities to try to “have it all” that their mental health is going to deteriorate.

As these pushes continue for women to continue achievement and status grabbing, it’s likely that this trend will continue to get worse and worse over time. Who woulda thought that God didn’t create women to act like men?

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10 Responses to From around the web: Christianity matrilineal?, hypergamy still ticking, Shiela Gregroire spreading feminism, Aaron Renns’s analysis of Rational Male Religion, gender gaps in mental health

  1. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    DEEPSTRENGTH
    You know this is where most of my anger(Like the sons of thunder john&james,some fishermen,that obeyed ”a voice crying in the wilderness”’s testimony of the ”sacrificial lamb came from god”,by which is anybody’s only chance of a new life in this world!) comes from,right?Certain guys who should know better still thinking all this is going to change tomorrow,with some new orrders&ethics!Look at gregoire,shes still trying to tell us about 1800’s victorian women (or domestic angels) as they were called then!This is why I don’t usualy quote bible verses or give facts to ”thinking logical” people who refuse those same bible verses&facts!They still don’t beleave their own eyes&ears,but they will understand god’s ways& his true servants testimonies!?P.S.Gregoire first thought she could push her matriarchy on the christian manosphere in oct/nov ’11,which as we know failed,but she should still give it the old queens university try again,maybe we,did’nt understand her then or she did’nt give us enough 50 shades of evidence for her gospel of sexual reconciliation or whatever,does it realy matter what she thinks it is shes doing!?

  2. Maniac says:

    “But it was not celebrity culture that taught these men to objectify women. Our evangelical culture primed them for it.”

    I think she may have a point here. We’ve talked a gold deal on this site about the oftentimes genophobic nature of Evangelical Christianity that stems from the traditional misinterpretation of verses like Matthew 5:27 – 28. That doesn’t justify Ravi’s moral failings, but repressed sexuality rarely has good outcomes.

  3. Tom says:

    The Ravi Zacharias thing annoys me because, true or not, the guy is no longer alive to defend himself. Waiting until the supposed perpetrator is dead is a cowardly move.

  4. feeriker says:

    “It seems that the highly-credentialed alpha female still prefers a mate above her pay grade.”

    One wonders when the realization will dawn upon women that this is a recipe for spinsterhood. Even in the best of economic times the ratio of high-earning women to higher-earning-and-higher-status men was something on the order to 100:1, best-case scenario. Take into consideration the accelerating state of economic collapse the Western World is in today, and the odds are stacked even more heavily against any “alpha female” (why any alpha MAN would want such a woman still mystifies me) “sticking the landing” with a higher-status male.

    My first sentence is, of course, a purely rhetorical one. The answer is “when George Soros becomes a televangelist.”

  5. Anonymous Reader says:

    One wonders when the realization will dawn upon women that this is a recipe for spinsterhood.

    When the idea shows up every day on their Facebook feed. Because women are tribal, they follow opinion leaders.

  6. @ Tom

    The Ravi Zacharias thing annoys me because, true or not, the guy is no longer alive to defend himself. Waiting until the supposed perpetrator is dead is a cowardly move.

    Yeah, that definitely strikes me as odd in the wake of “MeToo,” although apparently from the DeShaun Watson stuff it’s dozens of women before things started to come out.

  7. @ feeriker

    One wonders when the realization will dawn upon women that this is a recipe for spinsterhood. Even in the best of economic times the ratio of high-earning women to higher-earning-and-higher-status men was something on the order to 100:1, best-case scenario. Take into consideration the accelerating state of economic collapse the Western World is in today, and the odds are stacked even more heavily against any “alpha female” (why any alpha MAN would want such a woman still mystifies me) “sticking the landing” with a higher-status male.

    The funnier thing is when women call themselves an “alpha female.” It’s like trying to hype yourself up into a good product but most everyone knows they’re just insecure.

  8. Lexet Blog says:

    The record speaks for itself and a third party auditor dug up even more dirt when asked to come in.

    As per the dead defending themselves, that’s an argument never invoked on behalf of unpopular people.

  9. Elspeth says:

    From my admittedly limited observation, it isn’t at all true that Christianity is matrilineal as described here.

    I would say of the 15 or so families we have close social or relational ties to, it’s about 50/50 on which spouse/parent is doing the most work passing down the faith.

    The wives in the “patrilineal” group (including me) are definitely providing strong support and reinforcement. But in those families, the husband is definitely in the spiritual driver’s seat.

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