Today I direct your attention to a post by Rachel Held Evans on the absurd legalisms associated with complementarian gender roles. This post is part of a series; links to other posts in the series can be found at the top. In this particular post she deals with the effects of complementarian gender roles on communication in a relationship. Gender roles serve to inhibit authentic and honest communication by forcing women into the position of attempting to influence men without exercising anything which could be construed as direct leadership. This means women must resort to indirect communication, to attempting to say things without actually saying them. Honest, direct communication of wants, needs, and desires is crucial to building healthy relationships, and a relationship cannot possibly thrive when one party or possibly both are having to beat around the bush in order to avoid offending the other party’s sensibilities.