The silencing of women’s voices in contemporary conservative evangelical churches: “Crying in my wardrobe”

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Abstract

This chapter explores the emotional impact of the silencing of women that occurs in contemporary conservative churches as a practical outworking of complementarian theology which effectively bars women from leadership and preaching positions in churches. Whilst in recent years there has been research into and public interest in the emotional impact of the silencing or not listening to women who are experiencing domestic violence, there has been little emphasis on the broader emotional impact on women of not allowing women to be heard in the weekly church gathering, nor being able to hold leadership and governance positions. The stories of individuals who have experienced being silenced and the negative impact this has on their well being, self esteem and ability to feel connected to their church and fulfil their vocation within that church are reflected on. Further, this chapter looks at how the removal of the feminine voice from teaching positions in the church has an emotional effect on female church members by not hearing their sacred writings expounded by a person of their own gender.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, feminist and queer studies : Power, privilege and inequality in a time of neoliberal conservatism.
Subtitle of host publicationPower, privilege and inequality in a time of neoliberal conservatism.
EditorsDonna Bridges
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter4
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003316954
ISBN (Print)9781032328294
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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