In the dear old Church of England
I’m welcome to attend
I could help out with the cleaning
There are cassocks I could mend
I could make and serve the coffee
And all the while pretend
That this meant that I was equal after all...
As a candidate for Parliament
I’m welcome to apply
If I look well-groomed, wear decent shoes
And catch the camera’s eye
As the minister for motherhood
I would give strength to the lie
That said that I was equal after all...
On the radio each morning
I’m welcome to tune in
To the news and sport and commentary
With which the day begins
But in a gender-counting tally
‘S funny, women never win
So tell me that I’m equal after all...
Never mind, let’s watch this drama
Or a film if you prefer
Is the Bechdel Test so difficult?
Didn’t she say that to her?
Go on, tell me just one more time
‘Things are better than they were’;
And aren’t I nearly equal -
Why go on about this ‘equal’ –
You don’t hear men ask to be equal, after all!
Well, don’t you tell me that I’m equal
When I know this isn’t equal
Which means you’re not equal either, after all.
Words by & © Talis Kimberley 20th November 2012
They'd probably be horrified if someone suggested that for instance they shouldn't allow black bishops. (Well the archbigot of York would be!)
But as you say, if they can do that to one group on some arbitrary distinction they can do it to anybody. Nobody is equal.
And they are probably still wondering why more and more people find them completely irrelevant.
Apparently the first black bishop only goes back to 1985 ...
And it should really be pointed out (as Annie has done) that the Bishops and Clergy were very much in favour of women bishops, but it was the lay members (including many women) that didn't vote sufficiently in favour (each group must have a 2/3rds majority ... and the lay members apparently only failed to meet that by a few votes)
The overall vote was 73% in favour (342 to 122) ... so a few more women (or men!) voting *for* women bishops, and it would have passed this time ...
No worries, I wanted to find out how close it was ...
... all figures are at the end of the BBC News article here
Bishops over 90% in favour, Clergy around 75%, Laity 64% ... needed to be 2/3rds in each.
So definitely not the "old men of the church" keeping women down ... this time.
Yeah I always feel conflicted when there are landmarks like it is the first time we've had 3 women in the NH senate, or first female secretary of state or.... Yay! and why the hell has it taken this long!??
That said - I'm increasingly glad that Ed's church of employment (Episcopal) has women not only ordained as ministers but all the way at the top. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/religion/jan-june06/episcopal_06-19.html (or at least they have had apparently - I admit I'm a UU and not much up on the politics of Ed's church of employment). I was also happy when they ordained Bishop Gene Robinson the first openly gay Bishop. Yay for small steps I guess.
Meanwhile - let's see some substantive change world ok!??