10/06/2006

I am Woman, Hear me Sigh:
On Feminism

To give you some context on what prompted this post, I recommend you read this post by Sara (and the resulting comments), this one way discussion at a forum called Bread 'n' Roses, and this post by Shane made some time last month. Aside from making fun if it with my five things, I have talked about the many problems and hypocrisy of feminism before. I also talk about stay at home moms a lot, and especially society's lack of appreciation for them.

What good has feminism done for us lately?
To be honest, I really don't know. What I do know is what feminism hasn't done for us.
It hasn't given today's young women and girls a sense of inner personal strength.
It hasn't rid the world of prostitution and it hasn't raised the living standards of women in impoverished countries.
It has not taught women that beauty is more than skin deep.
It hasn't reduced incidents of anorexia, bulemia or any other eating disorder.
It hasn't taught women that they are more than just a sex object. Rather, it has lied to women and told them that promiscuity is a mark of liberation and empowerment.
It hasn't reduced incidents of rape or pedophilia.
It hasn't helped women escape from abusive relationships.
It hasn't given women the keys to lasting, successful, meaningful relationships.
It hasn't taught women that they are key builders and shapers of society. Without birth, our way of life dies.
It has not given women anything useful that they may pass on to their daughters.
Feminism is simply another form of secular humanism. Humanism exalts the individual beyond the society and beyond God. It obliterates concern for the collective good and replaces it with a drive for personal pleasure.
Feminism has all but destroyed the strong woman who cared the weak. The "elite," educated woman now pursues money instead of moral excellence and good character. She abandons her children in the name of freedom and behaves like a whore. She jumps from bed to bed, unable to understand why she "can't find a good man." Her every whim must be obeyed and she must be pampered in a way that is truly shameful. She envisions herself as a powerful "warrior," but heaven help the world if she misses her massage and manicure or breaks a nail.
The feminist is a high maintenance woman, and she likes it that way.
When were the definitions of strength, honour and dignity replaced to mean whiny, sluttish and selfish? Why is it that women who choose to stay at home and raise productive members of society are "griping freeloaders?" Who decided that what I do is less beneficial?
True strength and self-discipline are increasingly rare commodities. Chastity and virtue are frowned upon by many, but held priceless by the wise. Godliness is mocked and increasingly under attack. But who wouldn't want to be the woman described in Proverbs 31?
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
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17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable...
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
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25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
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28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Most people would love to have that said about them.
The only good thing about feminism is that it has convinced its adherents to either not breed or have as few children as possible. The result is inevitable. Your way will die, but what I practice will live on.

2 comments:

Mark said...

Ruth, that was just awesome. The juxtaposition of the godly wife of Proverbs 31 really drives home all your points. Well done.

Hailey said...

I can't think of anything more desirable n life than to be a proverbs 31 woman.

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