In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Dr. Christina Edmondson. Dr. Edmondson is not just a famed psychologist, she is also the wife of Pastor Micah Edmondson. In the conversation, the two discuss whether or not there is an unfair amount of pressure on the backs of women who choose to marry men who are either the heads of churches or in prominent positions.
This video was shot a couple of months ago after actress Meagan Good was heavily scrutinized for the seductive dance she did during her bachelorette party. Good, at the time, was set to marry a preacher the next day and the wedding went off without a hitch. But the backlash on Good made many people wonder if there is too much unfair pressure being put on women in those situations.
This conversation also lends itself to the broader discussion of the deep relationship between black women and the black church. Author Deborrah Cooper recent wrote a book entitled “The Black Church: Where Women Pray and Men Prey.” Cooper argues that not only is there an unfair amount of pressure on women married to pastors to fit into a mold that is set by others, but there is also pressure on all women in church to take orders from men, even if the men themselves are corrupt.
The conversation is below: