Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I'd like to raise a few questions regarding Joey Chenoweth's column critiquing a "patriarchal worldview."
Firstly, we agree that the father shouldn't have choked the young man with a phone cord. Secondly, we agree that our culture has the wrong idea of what it means to be a man. No issues there.
The first question I have for Mr. Chenoweth is: Specifically, which "patriarchal worldview" holds that girls are precious but boys are uniquely corrupt and manipulative? Which worldview also applauds boys for being "alpha male" and "taking what they want"?
The Christian worldview holds that all people are precious, that all people are inherently corrupt and manipulative, and that mankind was created distinctly male and female with proper roles assigned to each. One of the virtuous roles for the male is to be the protector of the weaker vessel. We also have the perfect example of true masculinity found in Jesus Christ.
Mr. Chenoweth's main point was unclear. Is it that men should protect all women? That men should protect no women? That teenage boys aren't all that bad? That teenage girls are worse than you think? Or is it that teenage boys and girls should be left alone in bedrooms?
I'd also like to ask Mr. Chenoweth which specific worldview he's holding that gives him the moral high ground in this case. In other words, by what standard do you call anything right or wrong? Please help those "stuck in a patriarchal worldview" by providing the right one.