This is the part where I wait for someone to try to tell you there is no such thing as rape or ownership cultures. This is also American Christianity. This manner of perversity has been around from the outset. I mean, even Cotton Mather's own father, Increase, was a preacher with a known penchant for the laying on of hands with female parishioners. One of the most famous stories of our precolonial history is the seventeenth century trial of Anne Hutchinson, banished from the community for being an uppity woman. When Americans wax triumphal about a "Christian nation", the misogyny is just part of what they praise God for.