Power in the Great Feminine Eon: Feminine Values of Power According to the New Testament
Madalina Virginia ANTONESCU
During history, basic concepts for understanding the patterns of human society, the way of conceiving and practicing policy or perceiving authority have received meanings affected (even distorted) by gender history. Thus, it happened a rigorous separation (from conceptual, academic level to practice) of these concepts (power, authority) from feminine universe and from all things associated with woman and feminine. Despite the fact that they are feminine nouns (in Romanian language), the power and authority contents were dissociated from any link with feminine universe, capable to offer a respected status, high social position, prestige, value and respect for each woman. Used in a patriarchal meaning, deeply disregarding and even denying woman and feminine attributes, these concepts became cultural tools for oppressing women in societies organized on the criterion of “natural” association between masculine and power/authority. The methodology used in the present study is based on a gender analysis of power and authority concepts, inclusively by approaching theological perspective, mixed with elements of futurology and theory of civilization.
Keywords: Women’s rights, gender studies, authority, patriarchal system, feminine power
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