The end of male headship
It slipped by and was quietly buried yesterday evening. Nobody realized that it had died. Nobody will mourn. Male headship is dead. Denny Burk DVR’d the Superbowl to watch Downton Abbey, the exact episode in which mother, wife, daughters and sons-in-law take up the spade and bury male headship. Lord Grantham will not be obeyed.
A week ago, Sybil, the youngest daughter gave birth. Lord Grantham put the fashionable London doctor in charge. His wife asked the local doctor to also be present. The local doctor sensed immediately that something was wrong. Sybil had high blood pressure and suffered from preeclamspia. However, Lord Grantham overruled, following the advice of the London doctor, and Sybil was not delivered by C-section. She died giving birth.
In the meantime, the estate is going down the tubes from mismanagement. The sons-in-law are aware of this and make moves to take over management before bankruptcy ousts them all from the ancestral estate. The last straw is when Lord Grantham barges in on the ladies at a luncheon and orders them back home because the cook who served dinner is a reformed prostitute. At this point the ladies – wife, mother and daughters – rebel. They will no longer be dictated to. Sybil has died.
For those who find it fanciful – a soap opera – good. But for many women, they know the agony of the “head of the house” making medical decisions in disagreement with the female members of the family. Some women have also experienced bankruptcy through the stupidity of male headship. But we know now that Christian leaders are watching Downton Abbey on Sundays and will soon realize that there will be no resurrection for male headship. Amen.
I predict that Lord Grantham will once again be dearly loved by his lady – he will be allowed back into the bedroom. But he will no longer be obeyed.