I just saw this post on Love, Joy, Feminism about the heinous and unfathomable opinions of Doug Wilson, a conservative evangelical leader, regarding rape, marital sex, and slavery. A key excerpt from Wilson:
However we try, the sexual act cannot be made into an egalitarian pleasuring party. A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts. This is of course offensive to all egalitarians, and so our culture has rebelled against the concept of authority and submission in marriage. This means that we have sought to suppress the concepts of authority and submission as they relate to the marriage bed.
This is part of an entire argument that basically asserts that rape exists because married sex is too mutually pleasurable. Don’t ask me to explain that logic. Just follow the link, then follow the other links.
A brief sample of Wilson’s other opinions:
Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character, it was a relationship based on mutual affection and confidence. There has never been a multi-racial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world. … Slave life was to [the slaves] a life of plenty, of simple pleasures, of food, clothes, and good medical care.”
I kid you not, this person really exists. And he’s influential in this movement. Real human beings feel the effect of his ideology.