Over at his blog, Doug Wilson has recently made some comments about food allergies. While acknowledging that there are some who have truly serious reactions to certain foods, Wilson also takes time to discuss those who are hypochondriacs or self-deluded in some way. His concern is that those who are “play acting” cause real damage to families, friends, etc. (Apparently in addition to being self-ordained and self-proclaimed leader of his own denomination, he is also a self-certified medical doctor.)
What is most interesting to me is that he sees a connection between those “play acting” and a lack of submission on the part of women:
3. The third point concerns frequent abdication on the part of fathers and husbands. Many times, emotional and spiritual issues show up in the lives of women as food issues, and the men involved are often too weak, or cowardly, or defensive about their own causal role, to address it in the way they ought to. Women are prone to be deceived (1 Tim. 2:14), and men are prone to let them be deceived. This is an area where I have seen radical unsubmissiveness on the part of some wives, and radical cowardice on the part of some husbands, conspiring together to destroy families. The food is just a symptom; the real problem is located somewhere else entirely. And wives, don’t read this and go off to demand that your husband tell you if this is true. It might not be, but if it is, you are unlikely to get a straight answer from him. Get on your knees and ask the Spirit if it is true. He’s not afraid of you.
As I’ve written before, one of the problems that I see with the patriarchy movement is that it views all relationships in terms of authority and submission. When your entire worldview is seen through the lens of authority and submission, it’s bound to cause some unfortunate and ill-advised comments on any number of subjects. This is just one more example.