Dec 3, 2022Liked by Andrew Thomas

An interesting essay, thank you. I have been thinking about responsibility all day. In the garden of Eden where there are only Adam and Eve, then surely both Adam and Eve are responsible for their perceptions and consequently judgements on the other. Therefore each could be responsible for the other

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I never considered this from the Biblical perspective and I suspect other religions have similar gendered teachings.

"Adam should simply have taken the blame “like a man” ...

This is what I understand to be "toxic masculinity":

It is a man shaming other men into "manning up" to responsibilities for things that are not under his control.

Likewise your religious friend thinking that Adam should have put Eve "in her place" makes "her place" one of subordination: Just an innocent virtuous victim of "misogyny" and free from agency or blame, while indeed we all know too many men are controlled by manipulative females.

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