Through a glass darkly

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12)KJV

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A Critique on Modern Feminism

A friend forwarded a copy of Maureen Dowd's column "What's a Modern Girl to Do?" and asked for comments.
The following is my response:

As usual, MoDo can certainly describe the symptoms of the disease, but she can never quite get at its root cause.
The feminist movement's greatest flaw was not that they wanted to have it all or even be just like men, but that they wanted to have all these things and more stripped of traditional morality.
In rejecting Judeo-Christian mores as an artifact of patriarchy, they also jettisoned its demand for virtue, loyalty, fidelity and chastity.
The modern feminists embraced "sexual liberation" with the Pill and abortion on demand as the means to true freedom and fulfillment. Some said you didn't need a man at all for sexual satisfaction and embraced lesbianism as the means to their fulfillment. You don't even need a man in your life to get pregnant; just go down to the sperm bank and make a withdrawl. The lie of "Sex and The City", Cosmo, Playboy/Playgirl is that you can go from one meaningless sexual encounter to another without consequences. Sure, maybe these gals don't get an STD or have an unplanned pregnancy, but in treating and then trading sex as a commidity, they have helped to stigmatize women as sex objects. In rejecting the notion that men and women are "image-bearers" of a Holy Creator, humans are reduced to mere animals, subjected to their evolutionary cravings. When you don't have a Transcendent Being defining who you are, you are left confused and rudderless. How does a man know who is supposed to be, how is he to treat and care for a woman (and his children) if we are each just a law unto ourselves, the mere product of our DNA?
It's why people look to books for guidance such as the ones mentioned in this article, "How to Get A Man", "The Rules". People look to something outside themselves to tell them how to think and behave because if we don't get it right, we'll have a crummy life on this planet.
To get at the root cause, we must look at the original purpose that God put man and woman in this world. He placed them here to fill, subdue and rule the world together- both the male and the female, both equally made in the image of God. It was the entrance of sin into the world that upset the design. The curse on man to have to work for a living in "painful toil" all the days of his life, while to the woman, He gave pain in childbearing. To them both, He gave marital turmoil, "Your desire will be for your husband (literally to be the one in control, including sexually) and he will [try] to rule over you." [italics and emphasis, mine]
As a Christian, I believe that Christ came to remove the effects of the Curse and that He shows us a more excellent way to live as men and women in relationship with one another. We are to "consider the needs of others as more important than our own", we are to practice mutual submission to one another out of respect for Christ. We are to reflect the Fruit of the Spirit -love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we were to practice these things and not give into our selfish wants and desires thould be no "battle of the sexes", no sexism, no hedonistic lifestyles. Men would know who they are and not feel threatened by more successful wives. Women would know that their husbands would not be replacing them with younger, Maxim type models because inner beauty would be more highly prized than outer beauty.
My suggestions are not advocating a Theocracy where the women suddenly become second class citizens; true feminism, especially as advocated in the 19th century, was often led by very godly women who sought to have society reflect their biblical egalitarian principles and was only later hijacked by the godless hedonists of the latter 20th century. Unfortunately, all society now reaps the so-called benefits sown by the Friedans, Steinems and Helen Gurley Browns of that generation.


  • At Thu Nov 03, 04:15:00 AM PST , Blogger The Blah Brain said...

    Hey nice page you've got here, I don't know if you know this but I visit frequently..I'm finally leaving you a comment! Reading your stuff basically made me want to create my own i finally did.

    Thanks for the inspiration, I know it must feel great to know that someone IS actually reading your blog and likes what you do. :]

  • At Sat Nov 05, 05:32:00 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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  • At Thu Nov 17, 06:12:00 AM PST , Blogger Susan said...

    This is one of the best posts I've read of late on Feminism. I've linked it at my blog today.

  • At Sat Nov 19, 06:08:00 PM PST , Blogger Douglas Groothuis said...

    I read Dowd and thought the same thing. She sees the problems, but has no solutions--except to wine.

    Your sagacious sentiments chime in amazingly well with that of my wife, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, as put forth in her books, "Women Caught in the Conflict" and "Good News for Women."

    Doug Groothuis

  • At Sun Nov 20, 12:06:00 AM PST , Blogger Ann said...

    What a marvelous complement! If perhaps my comments sound familiar it is because I have read both of your wife's books several years ago and was touched by her message.
    "Women Caught In Conflict" was one that influenced my becoming a Biblical Egalitarian (from a Traditionalist). "Good News" is one of the most cogent arguments promoting the full inclusion of women in ministry.
    This writing thing is a new experience for me - I'm much more of a "left-brain" kinda gal, but I have always enjoyed expressing my opinion.

  • At Tue Nov 22, 05:11:00 PM PST , Blogger just tryin' said...

    Some feminists did lurch in a direction that it would be tough as a Christian to feel great about. Recognizing that your post is a critique of modern feminism, I still get queasy when so many in the church don't acknoledge or don't recognize the amazing impact of 19th and early 20th century feminists to move women's place in our society forward by leaps and bounds. Many of those early feminists were straight out of the evangelical church.

    All that in saying -- Maureen Dowd is a clever writer but she makes me crazy.


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