On Angry Women and Matriarchy

Some people have rightly criticized Roger Olsen recently for attacking a straw-man version of feminism, but at least he had the sense to solicit this post by a self-described Christian feminist, who also happens to be a seminary-trained [female, if that’s not clear] pastor:

Women are culturally conditioned to behave: to mind their P’s and Q’s, to be nice, to speak soft. We are often never told that it is okay to be angry (even when we are being threatened), nor are we taught that it isn’t actually wrong if our words cause emotional discomfort to others. This is a documented reality, but I know it from personal experience. The thing is, our anger towards patriarchy is legitimate and right, but the anger has been suppressed over the span of generations.