Erin Lane discusses why women so often don’t trust their own perspectives

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Trust Like a Woman
On her Holy Hellions blog, Erin Lane shares her thoughts about the hesitancy and self-doubt women often experience before—or even instead of—voicing their knowledge and opinions. “Call it self-depreciation or internalized sexism or fear of confrontation but there is something holding women back . . . from trusting their own perspective,” she writes.  She says it’s not biological but history. “A history that told us our voice should be silent (Religion), our voice was hysterical (Medicine), our voice didn’t count (Politics).”  But Erin learned an important Quaker truth through a Center for Courage & Renewal retreat.  Related reading: Here is a blog post she wrote about on the Center’s website.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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