International Women’s Day

Its International Women’s Day today.

We had an interesting presentation on the Scottish Episcopal Church’s recent Gender Audit at Diocesan Synod on Saturday. Immediately after the presentation by Elaine Cameron, a bunch of men jumped up and started saying that they didn’t believe in positive discrimination.

They did sound rather threatened and terribly anxious.

I wonder why.

It has broken out online too, with Father Kenny saying this and Mother Ruth retorting thus.

I’m not joining this debate right now, but I might in the future. Instead, I think my contribution today is going to be to point people to an old sermon I preached about Saucy Salome. You can hear and read it here.


  1. Well, I think you could argue that the *concept* of ‘positive discrimination’ is just and/or necessary, but the phrase itself leaves a lot to be desired (why not ‘redressing past biased hiring practices’ or similar?)

    Interestingly, and despite their positions on other issues, I think conservative evangelicals would come out favorably in a gender audit, although arguably the whole division between e.g. “come along for some sausage in the Men’s Room” male-only pseudo-macho groups and “Women on Women” female-only events is intrinsically unfeminist (although there are lots of feminist advocates for certain female-only spaces of course).

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