I’m posting over on Plymouth Brethren Dropout today. Follow me over there for an examination of how enforcing strict gender roles creates a hostile environment where abusers feel safe.
Masculinity has a very narrow definition within the Plymouth Brethren, and can only be expressed in dominance. The dominance given to men, according to the assemblies, is over the entire earth, over gatherings of local believers (especially women), over their wives, and over their children. In short, men are considered the representation of God’s authority on earth, and thus often cannot be spoken against.