Because blind faith in an invisible, omnipotent, human-obsessed deity is asinine no matter who’s doin’ it, it is difficult for the spinster aunt to whip up much in the way of an enthusiastic froth over the news that some bishop in Wales has publicly reversed his opinion on ordination of women priests.
When I say “reversed,” I mean that 10 years ago, when his vote to bar women from the priesthood in the Church in Wales carried the day, he was a slightly more misogynist godbag than he is now. Today he admits that there are “inconsistencies” in the reasoning that would prevent women as delusional as himself from taking up Jesus-ing as a career. A pity he can’t apply his momentous cerebral breakthrough to the lunacy of ghost-worship.
One reason I mention this little episode is that some feminist boosters will undoubtedly conclude that, whether or not one “believes” in a god, it’s certainly a step in the right direction that they’re letting chicks into the boys’ godbag club over in Wales. This “it’s better than nothing” response is a cop-out, and here’s why: it promotes the languid acceptance of powerlessness and weakens resistance. I feel compelled to reiterate that equality with men is not only unattainable, it is undesirable because it fails to address the enormous flaws inherent in the patriarchal paradigm.
Anything less than total liberation from the tyranny of male dominance is an unacceptable result.