Feigned Feminism Friday Part Three

Feigned Feminism Friday

Gloria Steinem, the queen bee of modern feminism, said to Bill Maher of HBO, “Women are more for Clinton than men are, women get more radical as they get older… but men tend to get more conservative as they age because they gain more power and women get more radical because they lose power.”

My head was aching and my emotions on overdrive as I perused sites on feminism looking for facts for this series. You know what I saw over and over? Women who feel as if they have no power. Women who at some point who have been abused/rejected/abandoned and now they are fighting back.

Mission statement (feminist.org)

“The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) was created to develop bold, new strategies and programs to advance women’s equality, non-violence, economic development, and, most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society. All programs of the FMF endeavor to include a global perspective and activities to promote leadership development, especially among young women. Along with reproductive rights and access to reproductive technology, the FMF’s programs have focused on the empowerment of women in law, business, medicine, academia, sports, and the Internet.” (underscoring mine)

  • FMF promotes non-violence and works to eliminate violence against women.
  • FMF supports, legal and accessible abortion, contraception, and family planning, including Medicaid funding and access for minors.-www.feminist.org

One of the sad facts I found across the board is the break down of family because of feminism. Our society likes to blame it on the women who have left the home for the workforce and I can’t agree, not totally. There is never a shift in society without a reason and feminism had a lever applied to it by the CIA, for one, and from those who would benefit from the break down of the foundation of society. I’m not going to go on and on about conspiracy theories, that’s not what this is about. This is about we women, right here and now stopping to think about where feminism came from (find more here) and answering some tough questions about it. I’ll post more about the family planning and abortion in another post, just another crack in the foundation of family and devaluing human life.

Today I am focusing on the question:

  1. Why does today’s brand of feminism frown on women staying home to raise a family?

Three Reasons modern feminism frowns on women staying home to raise a family.

Reason One:

If you peruse the back issues of Ms. Magazine, you find articles that are scary:

The Cruelest Weapon-With rape so prevalent in conflict zones, the U.S. must lift the  unwarranted ban on war-related abortions.

That’s not a recipe for your Grandma’s apple pie. This is war. Rape. Murder. Fear.  Most women who enter the modern feminism movement have been hurt, abandoned, rejected, raped, discarded, not valued. Women are saturated, marinated in the idea that women are powerless unless they follow the modern feminist agenda. These women educated themselves, work their fingers to the bone and climb the slippery rungs of the ladder where men seem to have to power. Notice, I said, seem.

These woman may have been raised in a dysfunctional family or schooled in an environment that taught them that power comes by being like a man instead of being like a woman. The modern idea that men and women are alike , that the unique characteristics are ‘stereotypes’ and that we are one creature, instead of two distinct ones, men and women. We function in unique capacities.

Back to fear. Women fear acting in the capacity they were born to because the men they trusted (fathers, husbands, uncles, etc), especially husbands who were commissioned to love them as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, didn’t follow the command. Instead, a man beat them, abused them or didn’t provide for their needs. So, women are afraid to submit (submission is another post) and do what they are designed to do. Nurture. Make a home. Build up their husbands. Respect. Revere. Make a beautiful safe haven.

Instead, they are out in the world fighting the battles that men are supposed to fight for them. They fear losing power and so they pursue it. When men follow their natural inclination, which is to serve and protect women, there is no fear in that sort of love because perfect love casts out all fear. There is no fear of mis-use or abuse when a man takes his place and is respected for it. Fear is powerful. Feeling powerless creates anxiety, so women seek power. When power of choice or the luxury of a safe home is not available then women leave the home and make a way for themselves and/or their children. I don’t want to turn this into a men bashing post, but the truth remains, that if the man does his job, the woman doesn’t have to. As, I said, there is never a shift in society without a reason, the shift of feminism began with rejection, abandonment, abuse, and loss of true power. Women fear staying home because they fear a loss of power.

Have you been believed the lie of modern feminism that you are powerless? Or have you been abused, rejected, abandoned, raped or let down by the man or men who were supposed to care for you? Are you living in fear? This article is not to convince you to ‘stay home where you belong’ or not to have a career. It’s about why women fear walking in their God given gifts. If one of the above has happened to you, I understand. It is difficult to trust when those in authority have let you down. It makes us angry and want to lash out or get the last word or find some power of our own. That is a natural response. We are given the gift of anger to tell us when we have been hurt. We might wonder where God is in all of this and why He has abandoned us. He is here and He hasn’t abandoned you. He doesn’t love men more than women. He sees them as equally valuable. He also sees our rights as equally valuable, He will never take away a person’s right to choose, NEVER, whether for good or evil. He will also never take away the consequences of an action. Vengeance is His. He will make whomever harmed you, pay. He will. It may not be the way you want it to be or in the time frame you want it to be, but He will.

If you don’t believe God believes in consequences, read through the Old Testament. Here’s just one quick example: Remember Joseph and his brothers? They sold him into slavery. God saved their lives through Joseph’s position of power, but He did not remove the consequences. Because the brothers sold Joseph into slavery, the new nation of Israel spent four hundred years enslaved by the Egyptians, the very nation that God gave Joseph a position of power in.

The most important thing for you dear girl, is to value yourself, not to keep going down a dark road of hate and seeking to destroy. That is what satan does.

I’m ending this post with prayer for women.

Dear Jesus, women have been abused, hurt and neglected in our nation. I don’t want to men bash, I want to remember that our war is not against flesh and blood. Satan has been in the business of destroying families since the garden of Eden. I pray that you will heal women who have been hurt, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Please give us the revelation of the power that we have and help us use it according to your will and your way, not the modern philosophies of humanism and the parts of feminism that run contrary to your Word. Help us heal so that our children and families can heal. Help us do the difficult act of forgiveness, for ourselves and families, so you can work in our lives. Whatever we have suffered unjustly, we offer it to you and ask you to make something good out of it. Thank you for good gifts in our lives, help us to see them, despite the pain. Thank you for the power of Jesus’ resurrection working in us to make us strong women, beloved of you. 

Join me next Friday, when we tackle reason two!

Feigned Feminism Friday Series Part I

Feigned Feminism Friday

Feminism- the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. (dictionary.com)

 

Welcome to the series “Feigned Feminism Friday”!  I am excited about this series! Thanks for joining me!  I wanted to start out with a definition, just to be clear about what I mean when speaking about feminism.

What sort  of topics will this series cover?

  1. When and why did feminism begin?
  2. Did it originally begin as a men bashing movement?
  3. Why does today’s brand of feminism frown on women staying home to raise a family?
  4. What about a women’s right to choose (pertaining to her body and health care)? Is the right to choose feminism?
  5. How did the second wave of feminism start in the U.S. and how are we influenced by it today?
  6. What about education for women, is that feminism?
  7. What kind of power do women have, i.e., what is true feminism?

Why is the word feigned in the series title?

feigned-simulated or pretended; insincere.

I’ll just be up front. I think the modern feminism is pretend. It’s not true feminism. It’s not true equal rights. I’ll get more into that later. Now you have the foundation of the title, let’s move forward.

When and why did feminism begin?

“Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?”- Genesis 3:1

Eve is hanging out in the garden and here comes satan, not a tiny garter snake, but a huge creature. He went straight for Eve, why?

Several of my sons (and hubby) are history buffs. One in particular loves Civil War history, particularly the battles. War strategy is not my strength, I don’t know how to get out a map and plan out a battle. One thing I have learned is, if you can, target people in the position of power and the whole infrastructure may crumble. Often we hear that satan went after Eve because she was weak. What if he went after her because she was powerful? Think about that for a minute. Let your suppositions reshuffle. It’s okay. I can wait. Ready?

The word subtle in the Hebrew -(עָרוּם) adjective crafty, shrewd, sensible

Satan was crafty, shrewd and according to Bible teacher and theologian, Jim Cavins (author of the Great Adventure Bible Study), intimidating. He went after Eve because she was powerful, not because she was weak. He went after her by using her weakness. Don’t confuse the two. She had the power of influence. As the mother of all living, women bring life wherever they go. They have influence, as proved by Eve convincing Adam to eat the fruit.(More on this topic in a later post). In one moment, Eve used her power to change the world, as they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and instantly lost their preternatural gifts.

The Curse followed.

 And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all [domestic] animals and above every [wild] living thing of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust [and what it contains] all the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her [a]Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.“-Genesis 3:14, 15

True feminism is a battle against the curse. The curse of satan, ever adamant to destroy the true purpose of women. The curse of the battle, which isn’t against flesh and blood humans, but against principalities and world-rulers of this present darkness (Ephesians 6:12) the enmity between the woman and satan.  Satan twisted the Word and bruises and treads on our heads with his non existent feet, that is, he fills women’s minds with falsehoods, telling us that we are a lesser species, that what we do is not valuable, that we must be like men in order to be powerful. The sad truth is many of us have stopped fighting and we believe the lie that we must be the version of feminism fed to us by cultural elitists of today. Women must remember he is like a small dog, nipping at our heels. We must smash his head with the truth. Feminism began in the garden of Eden.

Let me take you a step back, one chapter earlier when Eve was created.

“Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.” Genesis 2:18

“In Genesis 2:18 the word “Helpmeet” does not occur. The Hebrew expression ezer kenegdo appears meaning “one who is the same as the other and who surrounds, protects, aids and supports’. There is no indication of inferiority or of a secondary position in a hierarchical separation of the male and female “spheres” of responsibility, authority or social position.”- Dr. Susan Hyatt, In the Spirit We’re Equal

I hauled out my huge Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and studied myself (cause that’s me) and it is true. God always intended for men and women to be equal. Satan started the war on the sexes and between them in the garden. It’s been going on ever since, satan nipping at  women’s heels (and that of her offspring) through the culture of civilizations from the beginning to the misguided feminism in our’s today. The more evil the culture the more women are mistreated, misused  and devalued. Women and men are not the same, that’s where feigned feminism gets off track. We are unique and have distinctive gifts, talents and strengths. That’s another post!

To wrap it up? Why feminism?

The purpose of Adam and Eve was to be one holy family. Family is the foundation of God’s world. He has made it so.

“As the source of the family and life itself, the union of the sexes ‘is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and all that is opposed to love.”- Theology of the Body for Beginners

If you want to know what is most valuable, look for what is most fought against, what is being battled most vehemently and violently profaned. There is the crux of true feminism, equality. In the eyes of our heavenly Father, equality already exists. In the eyes of this present darkness, it is muddled, captive by satan’s  so-called philosophy, intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world) (Colossians 2:8).  Profaning the value women and their power of influence, to tear down the family is the purpose of satan, see the curse, he bears his fangs and bites where our suppositions, ideas, theologies originate. Women’s heads are filled with false doctrine. When our Achilles heel is damaged, we cannot walk in our purpose.

When did feminism begin?

In the Garden of Eden. Both true feminism, equality with men and feigned feminism, the war of the sexes for equality, both began in the first three chapters of the history  of civilization.

“There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”– Galatians 3:28

Special thanks to friend, Lori Shaffer, who via text helped me brainstorm topics for this series!  I had ideas, she helped me think through some questions. If you have a question pertaining to feminism, leave it in the comments and I will try to address it!

Next Friday, join me when I get answer -Did it originally begin as a men bashing movement?