Feminism vs. Women’s Rights

It has occurred to me lately just how far we’ve come regarding women’s rights in our culture, particularly compared to 50+ years ago, and compared even to a number of other modern day cultures. Equality has become more of a natural assumption than a cause to fight for.

Case in point: The 2016 American election. In the two or three years leading up to the election, I fully expected that Hillary Clinton would be running for the Democratic party and that a major part of her platform would be “electing the first female American president”. But that didn’t really happen. And it’s a good thing! As it turns out, generally speaking, this election was not about “man vs. woman” (though certainly I’m sure some individuals did see it largely in that light). It wasn’t about “the underdog female conquering the big bad oppressive man”. I cannot tell you how glad I am to see that! We’ve come to a place where gender does not even need to be a factor in an election. However you may feel about the outcome of this particular election, I hope you can join me in taking a moment to appreciate this.

Sadly, modern feminists very often take on a rebellious sense of purpose or cause without really examining the full picture, or even thinking much at all. The current trend is to shake an angry fist in the air in defiance of… what exactly? It’s not for the purpose of ending the objectification of women in pornography. It’s not for the purpose of protecting women who are oppressed, abused, persecuted, raped and killed by their Muslim husbands and families. It’s not for the purpose of saving women from human trafficking or prostitution rings. And it’s certainly not for the purpose of protecting the unborn baby girls who are being exterminated on a daily basis. These are real issues that urgently need to be addressed, but largely are not. So, what was the most recent feminist march all about? Summer White took the the streets of Phoenix. AZ to find out. check it out!

So, here’s a question to ponder: are we using our freedoms responsibly? Are we taking the time to thoughtfully research and process all the information that is available to us? Or are we more concerned with blindly being caught up in a cause as if it somehow defines our identity? As we explore our many freedoms, perhaps it is time for women to begin using our brains and considering these things in genuinely thoughtful ways instead of just following the trends. As a gender, we are not simply the equivalent of a sports team fan club. So, perhaps it’s time to move on from these glorified tailgate parties.

Thank the Lord that our value as women (and men) rests in the truth that we are created in the very image of God, not in a current trend. Long before the modern feminist movement, women have always been treasured and valued by God. So we don’t need a movement or cause to define us. Our Creator did that already!

 

**Edited to add: I just came across this excellent video that says it so much better than I could:

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