Thank you for this. I made sure in one of my posts that "I'm trying to decide if Christianity as I know it is compatible with being female." Indeed I was taught at home, at church, and (briefly) at school that female is less, that women must be subject to men, that men decide what is feminine and what isn't, that women should only care about matters inside the home, that education and career and on and on are for men and women are intruders upon these spaces. There is a lot of practical ridiculousness in all of that and I was no fragile flower--I fought every step of the way. But I was also held in by the idea that straying would send me straight to hell. (Is there even a hell? Another topic for another time.) Another woman has already sent me a quote by a teacher that says, "...patriarchy is not the Bible’s message; it is the cultural backdrop that sets off in the starkest relief the radical gospel nature of that message." But what difference does that make if a little girl is brought up to believe it is the message? And if those that would perpetuate it are those that have the power to apply it to public policy?