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Sex and Power

From the May 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The advertisement is enticing. It promises, in effect, that "he" will be more of a man if "she" becomes more of a woman. What the advertiser is selling, along with a product, is the familiar stereotype about sex and power. He's also selling a relationship between the sexes which suggests that aggressive man dominates oppressed, but beguiling, woman. If they believe these stereotypes, men and women can find themselves thinking that the amount and kind of human influence they possess is based on their sex.

Christian Science reveals God as Mother as well as Father. Man is spiritual, not anatomical. In Science and Health, the Christian Science textbook, Mrs. Eddy says, "The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we remember that through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him." Science and Health, p. 67;

Much attention has been focused on the liberation of women because historically women have been subordinated to men. However, the problem is not fundamentally solved by casting one sex in the role of villain and the other as victim. It is only just that women should be free to fill responsible civil positions, hold property, and manage their own affairs. But men would like to realize greater freedom too—from the traditional role of provider, from the compulsion to increase their earning power or prestige as proof of masculinity. Both men and women can solve the problem as they look beyond stereotyped roles to the spiritual essence of manhood and womanhood. Through Christian Science we can learn to respect worthy characteristics of race, age, and sex, and to set aside limiting human categories to discover spiritual individuality and substance.

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