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I am saddened that Brock Turner was released just three months after he was sent to prison, though I'm not shocked.His story would have been shocking if white privilege didn’t exist. But because both realities exist, it’s just another sad page in the long book of Racist and Sexist American History and Politics.This “passing down” of men’s control over women is a foundation of rape culture and an explicit message in much of traditional American Christian teaching.It tells us that only “wild,” “masculine” boys are While Eldredge and Harris build implicit assumptions around aggressive, male-dominated sexual purity into their work, pastors Mark Driscoll’s and John Piper’s contributions to this patriarchal ethic are much more direct.The result is a culture that puts men at the top, encourages violent behavior, and excuses boys when they harm others.
I was taught that men are my cover and my shield, when for the most part they have been the ones causing damage through molestation, rape and abuse.
John Piper, meanwhile, is still a widely influential fundamentalist theologian with a well-traveled website and nearly one million Twitter followers.
Piper preaches an ethic of complementarianism that is more nuanced and decidedly less bombastic than Driscoll’s, but equally harmful.
, Joshua Harris, recently expressed remorse for the harm done by the book he wrote when he was only 21, admitting in an interview with NPR that “when we try to overly control our own lives or overly control other people's lives, I think we end up harming people.
And I'm — I think that that's part of the problem with my book.” Harris’ apology is heartfelt and well-received, but it coexists with his and Elderedge’s legacy of purity culture and gender essentialism.