The Feminist Ideal of Woman is Unscriptural and Unappealing
It has been traditional for the world’s cultures to prepare their men for war. Sports has been instrumental in teaching young boys character traits such as team work, courage, and determination that would be needed if they were called upon to defend their country. After World War II women began to take a greater role in the work force and the feminist movement began to push women to compete with men. The distinct differences between the sexes was put through the gender blender and women learned that to be successful competitors they would have to take on some of the more aggressive male characteristics.
The feminists declared that a woman could have both a career and a family. Today, 47% of women with professional degrees have no children but only 14% of them wanted no children. As women were trained to be more aggressive and assertive men began to feel confused about their own roles. The new feminist was unappealing to many men and some, in fact, began to hate such women. Men are troubled to look at a women and see a reflection of himself: aggressive, competitive, assertive, bold and driven. The feminist told women to become more like men but they didn’t tell them that they would lose male love in the process.
I was shocked recently when I saw Brittany Griner, a female basketball player for Baylor University round-house sucker-punch Jordan Bailey, an opponent from Texas Tech. It seemed to be a microcosm of an ailment that is infecting our society. A search of my Bible teaches me that the ideal, godly woman finds her beauty in her “inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” (1 Peter 3:4-5) I don’t have any daughters but I think I might have second thoughts about putting her in situations where she is taught to be overtly masculine and aggressive.
God made men to be lovingly accepted and affirmed by their wives. God made women to be possessed and cherished by their husbands. If both play their roles according to scripture the chances of marital success are very good. But if the woman, who has been taught to be aggressive and competitive decides to compete with her husband for control and authority the marriage is endangered. If a husband, who recognizes that his wife is stronger than he, becomes passive and submissive he presents to her exactly what she does not want or need.
The godly woman is not characterized as a hunter or a killer. The godly woman finds her self-worth in her selflessness. The response of a man to a woman who gives of herself for her children and husband is to cherish and protect her. She is like a precious jewel that must be guarded and defended at all costs. Hollywood would like to portray women as being distant, elevated goddesses to be worshipped by men and men are all too willing to bow to these gods. But the woman described in the word of God is passionate and sexual, she needs commitment, love and direction from a man.
Scripture (Titus 2:3-5) teaches that the older women should teach the younger “ to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Many women infected by modern feminism will resist, even hate these words. But, the feminist ideal of woman has turned her into a cold, calculating competitor. Her value is in her physical sensuality. Men have pulled her down from being the selfless and sacrificial woman of Proverbs 31 and relegated her to an instrument used only for sexual satisfaction.
The result has been devastating. Men have no real respect for a woman who has no substance to add to her sensuality and women hate the men who no longer are man enough to take on the responsibilities of loving a wife and providing for his children. The symptoms of this contagious disease that has been spread by radical feminists for almost a century is a 50% divorce rate, gender confusion evidenced in the increase in homosexuality, an increase in spousal abuse and millions of broken families. The cure is to return to God’s designated gender roles clearly revealed in his word.