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So the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence doesn’t dine alone with women. And he only goes to events serving alchol if his wife — aka Mother — is by his side. A Washington Post headline said “And we were all shocked.”
I wasn’t that shocked. I was raised Southern Baptist and attended the Moody Church in Chicago for a while. Evangelical city! I’m well versed in the “the man is Jesus (leader) and the woman is the church (follower)” way of thinking. Jesus is just alright with me, but Paul did not like the ladies.
While at Moody, I took John Piper’s Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Bible study, which basically told me that I — a woman — should never be in a position of authority over men. Not in the church, not in the home, not at my job.
Realizing I loved myself, my career and my dignity way more than I loved my Biblical womanhood, I was done and left the church — and all religion — soon after.
So do Mike Pence’s beliefs shock me? No. Do they piss me off? Oh, you betcha.
Check me out! This is me at a business dinner last month. With three guys I am not married to. During dinner, the four of us discussed:
At no point did we discuss how I was was going to bang each of them during our time in Munich. Dave, Mick, and Sean respect me, including my brain, and I respect them. We are all excellent at our jobs, and we have a great time together. When we talk about what is happening in the large enterprise space, “enterprise” is not code for “Amy’s tits.
Remember that scene in Philadelphia, when Andy figures out that his bosses are homophobic because they tell a gay joke in the steam room at the club? Yeah, that sucked for Andy but at least he was in the room. A woman would not have been allowed; a woman would have never known.
When Matt Wash, troll for the Holy Spirit, — who has probably never had a real job in his life — asks if there are there any real reasons to have dinner alone with a non-spouse female, the question he’s really asking is, What are some good ways to exclude women because women are whores. To Matt Walsh, I can’t control my uterus and he can’t control his cock.
Seriously what's the appropriate reason for a married person to go out for a meal alone with a member of the other sex (outside of family)?
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 30, 2017
@bethorne Explains why my last business dinner with guy, I offered to pay and he said "just the tip."
— Amy (@BlessAmysHeart) March 30, 2017
Upon graduation, my Clemson roommate took a sales job in the male-dominated paper industry. She learned how to play golf not because she loves the game but so she could have access to the place where business decisions got made: the 16th green of the Cog Hill Country Club. I mean, golf is awful, but she learned to put and drive for access.
By denying women a literal seat at the table, you are denying us access. There is us, the glass ceiling, and above that, Mike Pence’s dinner table.
Mike Pence and this whole ultra-patriarchal way of thinking harms women while “protecting” men. It harms my ability to earn, my prospects, and my reputation. For people who love the free market so much, these guys sure love preventing women from earning a better paycheck and buying consumer goods.
Also, Mike Pence needs to know. Ain’t nobody want his dick. Not me. Not Mother. Nobody.
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