Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful and gracious comments on my models of manhood and womenhood. As a result I’ve made some further changes. I accept that the previous model for womanhood wrongly implied that women could not lead outside marriage or the church or in the absence of male leadership. I was trying to make the leadership axis match that on the diagram for men, but the end result was misleading so I’ve given up on that. I’ve therefore relabelled the leadership axis ‘welcoming male leadership – resisting male leadership’. This still leaves the issue of leadership outside of marriage and the church ambiguous, but I’ve clarified that a little in the PDF worksheet version.
So here’s the revised models of womanhood diagram (and here it is as a PDF worksheet on womanhood).
I think I will also revert to the previous version of the male diagram on which the leadership axis is labelled ‘passivity – proactivity’ as I think that focuses the issues helpfully for men.
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