DISCUSSIONBOX 3.3: MASCULINITY AND MALE DOMINANCE
Thesituation in the discussion involves YWHH’s assertion of power overthe Assyrian’s king owing to earlier attacks on is chosen nation,Israel. In the discussion from Nahum 3: 5, YWHW threatens to rape theNineveh to prove his dominance over the Assyrian king. The discussionin Box3.3 asserts that the threat is a means of YWHW to prove hismasculinity through the assertion of dominance1.
PersonalPosition: Biblical and Contemporary Evidence
Nahum3: 5 erroneously seems to advocate the objectification andvictimization of females by males in acts of men dominance despiteevidence in the Bible that proves a contrary position. The Biblesupports the role of men as protectors of women through the provisionof several examples in both the Old and New Testaments. Some of thepopular examples include Jesus protecting a prostitute from mobviolence and Jacob moderating disagreements between Rachel and Leah,among others. Proverbs 31 goes further to exalt the beauty of womenand advocate the protection of their dignity by describing values andfeatures of a Christian female. In the modern world, the societyadvocates the protection of women and condemns acts such as rape thatundermine their dignity2.Most countries have legislations imposing heavy penalties for rape.
Thediscussion argues that the identification of cities and territoriesas women does not necessarily reflect on the actual perspective onfemales and simply serves as imagery to emphasize the seriousness ofthe discussion between YHWH and the Assyrian King.
However,the vivid nature of the imagery undeniably normalizes the use ofstrategies that victimize females as a means of proving dominance foropposing males
Anotable point of concern in the analogy is the use of sexual assaultas a show of dominance. The perpetuation of the idea that sexualassault serves as a means through which male characters in thesociety can prove their masculinity is disturbing. Although thecontent exists in the form of an analogy, it raises questions on thenature of YWHW and the role male members of society should play inthe protection of females3.Even though the text clearly propagates the presumption that malesshould protect the females in their societies as a show ofmasculinity, the wording triggers a discussion on why the same menwould attack the women in opposite societies to prove dominance4.
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1 McEntire, Mark. A Chorus of Prophetic Voices: Introducing the Prophetic Literature of Ancient Israel (Kindle Locations 1799-1804). London: Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition, 2015.
2 Phillips, Richard, D. The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men. New York: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2010.
3 Phillips, Richard, D. The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men. New York: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2010.
4 Merritt, Jonathan. How the Christian ‘masculinity’ movement is ruining men. Religion News Service, 2016. Retrieved from religionnews.com/2016/08/30/how-the-christian-masculinity-movement-is-ruining-men