Over on her blog, a prominent religious feminist writer begins a post in this manner:
First of all, let it be clear that biblical equality is not grounded in feminism. I am persuaded of all believers’ equal authority in Christ, not because I have adopted the feminism of secular culture, but because I am persuaded by the biblical data that Scripture upholds the freedom and authority of both men and women in Christ. While feminist ideology is derived from cultural factors and philosophies, biblical equality is grounded simply and solely in the properly consistent interpretation of God’s Word.
Now, we readily admit of the possibility of coming to the view of "biblical equality" in an immaculate fashion. However, such protestations of innocence would be more convincing if this writer's readership were not so busy letting their slip show elsewhere:
I have heard it commented more than once that it's sad that the Christian Church in general is so slow to accept something general society accepted years ago-- that a woman is fully as capable as a man. . . .What do you all think? Are there other reasons why Christians as a group tend to be "backwards," to the world's way of thinking, regarding women? Can anything be done about it?
The discussion resulting from this post has lasted several days with not one correspondent noting that, "biblical equality is grounded simply and solely in the properly consistent interpretation of God's word" and is not an attempt to catch up to "the world's way of thinking" - and yet this discussion consists of several responses and has been, according to the site's own statistics, viewed more than 70 times.