Background to experiment:
The Biblical womanhood crowd claim that feminists (meaning, in their parlance “anyone who does not accept everything we teach about where women belong”) self-centered. They also claim their complementarian, “submissive”, stay-at-home world view offer the solution to this self-centeredness, the way of focusing on others instead of self.
Purpose of experiment:
To test if Biblical womanhood women are less self-centered in their thinking than feminists.
1) Find the first 5 Biblical womanhood blogs on http://www.networkedblogs.com/ . Count the amount of words (excluding quoted words from others) in the most recent entry on each. Count the amount of times the words “I”, “me”, “my” or “myself” appear.
2) Find the first 5 feminism blogs on http://www.networkedblogs.com/ . Count the same things as before.
3) Compare the results.
Results of test, as performed Saturday morning 2 April 2011:
Biblical womanhood blogs
The 5 topics were, “I finished reading this (Biblical womanhood book) and look forward to reading this next”, “Why I don’t blog anymore”, “review of the book I co-authored”, “what we ate last night”, “the season I am having in my life”
The posts had 642+220+224+60+364=1510 words.
Self-centered words were 58+6+9+0+17= 90. (Technically, a blog named “blessed femina” had a perfect score. But this entry consists of a menu of what her family had for a birthday feast, photos of food, and then a verse that the virtuous woman brings in food from afar. In real life, it was probably a way of flaunting her culinary skill. )
These bloggers mentioned the self once every 17 words.
The 5 topics were: “Arranged marriages”, “Scott Adams fails to save face”, “links about: prevention of abuse/ worrying about discrimination/ body awareness”, “female sexual desire”, and “euthanasia.” Except for Scott Adams, these are all topics that directly concern mercy, justice, or the (emotional or physical) health of others. Not one topic was about the feminist herself, or promotion of her own book.
The posts had 3131+1280+115+569+574=5669 words.
Self-centered words were 22+6+0+5+2=35
The self was mentioned once every 162 words.
As far as people can be measured by their words. Biblical womanhood bloggers are almost ten times as self-centered as feminists.
Personal opinion (Hey, scientists have biases too!):
Is anyone surprised when the church in America is losing members? Church people are tithing on mint, dill and cumin, (reference from Mat 23:23) while those shunned by the church are the ones to consider justice and mercy?