Sunday, April 03, 2005

come again?

From one of my pastoral care books:

"In order to model emotions and choose topics, the minister might find a non-sexist approach to counseling helpful"

I'm sorry - might find a non-sexist approach helpful? Under what circumstances is a sexist approach helpful? or even appropriate at all? Why is a non-sexist approach optional?

In addition to the statement itself, I can't decide whether the fact that this is in a book on pastoral counseling for men makes the statement worse or not. I'm leaning toward not - in that it's equally inappropriate for any gender-specific discourse, and only slightly less inappropriate in non-gender-specific discourse (and I do mean "less inappropriate" rather than "more appropriate").

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