FEMINIST MOVEMENT – CAUSE & EFFECT

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“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood”   Gloria Steinem.

I was a teenager when Gloria Steinem came on the scene.  I was one of the old school,  who enjoyed being treated like a lady – having doors opened for me – being complimented for the way I looked – not having to pay for my own ticket to the movies.

Now that image has been tucked deeply away into a dark closet, filled with other lies told during that “coming of age” era. Women were taught that not wearing a bra would liberate them from the bondage men had claimed over them for years.  Burning their lingerie would make them even stronger. They were told there should be no boundaries on what they could do. They were also told to use whatever wiles they could to make their point.

As those years of sexual freedom progressed, it seems to me the idea of being a woman meant you had to be as combatant as any male you encounter.  Women needed to prove themselves equal in every way, because they felt dominated by men in the workplace, the political arena, the entertainment industry and any other facets of life.

The thing I never understood, is that God created both male and female as equals right from the start.  They would work side by side, love each other and work through difficulties.  Why did there have to be this war and so much anger and hate?

A woman was led to believe she was being sexually harassed if someone paid her a compliment – that she would have to become part of a sisterhood for protection.  She was told she was invincible – that wearing revealing clothing empowered her.  Slowly and insidiously, women were being taught that they were nothing more than slaves to men.  Burning bras and becoming an exhibitionist is not my idea of being empowered.  In my opinion that’s just using your body to get your way.  There’s another word for it – prostitution.

God talks about the kind of women we should be in Proverbs 31.  If you read the entire chapter, you’ll see that God puts women on a pedestal.  They should be honored for the work they do, taking care of the family, tending to the household chores and working outside the home as well.  There must be encouragement for her entrepreneurial skills.  She shall be able to work for a living.  In this chapter we also see the respect men ought to have towards women.  She should be praised for her work and honored because of it.  God created man and women as equals.  There is nothing in that chapter that degrades, humiliates or enslaves women.

Today there are countless women coming out of the closet, revealing things that happened to them 20-30 years ago.  Men are soon going to be afraid to speak to women in the future.  Because of this power play, the competition is greater than it’s ever been.  It has nothing to do with which sex is better.  It has everything to do with manipulation, accusation, fear of having your reputation tarnished, being looked at as a sexual predator or simply becoming emasculated.  Accusations are not always false, but it seems to be another ploy in the feminist toolbox.

Men are slowly losing their ability to lead, not only in the workplace, but at home and church as well.  The family needs a strong spiritual head and so do our churches.  When leadership fails in those areas, things begin to decay and die.

I’m very concerned for those who are being falsely accused.  I also side with women who have been taken advantage of sexually and were afraid to tell anyone when it happened.  The “me too” movement has brought much of that to light.

It isn’t unusual to wonder about the truth of these accusations, when they’re timed to come forth at very critical moments.  I wonder how many women have actually been forced into a sexual situation.  We can all probably look at one thing that happened in our personal history, that would qualify for sexual harassment or abuse.  But if it’s so commonplace, why are there so many who haven’t had these experiences?

The feminist movement brought about change.  Some of the change was necessary, but in the process, men were put to task.  Why does it have to be about black and white, life and death, men or women?  We are all equal in God’s eyes.

 

 

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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13 Responses to FEMINIST MOVEMENT – CAUSE & EFFECT

  1. jonolan says:

    You say – rightly:

    As those years of sexual freedom progressed, it seems to me the idea of being a woman meant you had to be as combatant as any male you encounter. Women needed to prove themselves equal in every way, because they felt dominated by men in the workplace, the political arena, the entertainment industry and any other facets of life.

    And there is the lie you were told or, to put more kindly, the wrong information you were given.

    None of those Feminists, and certainly none shrieking today, either understood the word, “equality” or wanted it. Instead, they wanted women to think and behave as they say men doing … but to also, of course, enjoy certain special “equalizing” privileges so as to be able to out-compete men at being men.

    Really! The way I see it, Feminism has always bolstered the “Patriarchy” as they define because Feminism demanded that their perception of the male norm be the norm and for women to play that game by a modified set of rules.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I guess it depends on your belief or unbelief of the truth of the Bible. I happen to believe that we’re all equal in God’s eyes. We shouldn’t have to fight for equality of the races or women’s rights or the rights of any human being. God doesn’t discriminate nor should we. If we all lived the way He wants us to, by loving each other and respecting each other, maybe some of these feelings of having to prove ourselves wouldn’t exist. But then again, we live in a sinful world, where the devil has free rein to deceive and tempt. We still have a free will to chose how we’ll live. Our relief from any hate, fear, mental illness, bullying, etc. will only come when we die and if we believe that God has prepared a better place for us in heaven.

      I am not trying to take sides in this matter. I was a baby boomer and lived through the time of the feminist revolution of the 60s and 70s. I know women were taken advantage of, but I also know that men were kinder to women then. Women have become hardened and lost a lot by competing with men in business, sports, entertainment and many more areas. There are so many accusations now. If all of them are true, all of that sexual freedom didn’t do much good, did it?

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      • jonolan says:

        Well, I figure that God can take care of Himself so I don’t worry about that side of things much, especially since I’m not even close to Christian.

        My only point was that the Feminists sold this idea of equality meaning that women needed to directly compete with men on the terms that men compete with each other rather than allowing for natural differences and demanding that “women’s roles” be valued equally to men’s.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        That was exactly my point with this post. Thanks for your thoughts. Btw being a Christian isn’t a disease.

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      • jonolan says:

        Never said or thought that being a Christian isn’t a disease. I’m just not one. The core tenets – really core tenets, e.g., one omnipotent, omniscient God – never “worked” for me. They weren’t something I could believe even though I was raised in a Christian family from birth.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        I know almost everything about it depends on blind faith, but for me it does work. I didn’t mean to offend you. I can get a little defensive when it comes to my beliefs . Sorry. Thank you for stopping by and offering your point of view.

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      • jonolan says:

        No issues, worries, or problems here. Nor am I bothered by your defensiveness, though I’m incensed by the rational need for such in these time.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Agreed

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    I had to have two wisdom teeth extracted when I was in the Army. I was not allowed to drive to Heidelberg to the hospital. One of the secretaries in my office building offered to drive me to and from – a break from typing all day. I walked out toward the car, but she stopped inside the door. After a couple of steps past the door, I turned around. She smiled. I stepped back and held the door for her. I then opened the car door for her. Once I got into the car myself. She said, “You are an officer and a gentleman. I don’t care if you have taken drugs to make you loopy this morning. You will still act like an officer and a gentleman.” Have we totally lost that concept these days?

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I fear that’s a result of the demise of the family. Kids often don’t know who is leading them. We also have to get back to the Bible as our handbook for all areas of life. Things are confusing for me too. I wonder if I’m the only woman alive who hasn’t been sexually assaulted or abused.

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      • hatrack4 says:

        Your last sentence is scary, but I agree that the breakdown in the family is key and the ignoring of the Bible. Of course, focusing in God is important, but without the parental role models, what do the children compare things to. My wife has been asked, “Do you and your husband ever fight?” She has been asked multiple times, by people of several generations. That makes you think that there are a lot of dysfunctional families out there And my wife and I are not perfect either.

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  3. You do such an outstanding job of presenting a balanced explanation of your position, dear Kathy! I so admire the gentle grace with which you tackle this hotly debated issue. I’m on the same page: I agree with you that in the 60s and 70s there were some workplace inequalities that needed to be addressed. And I fully agree that many of the “freedoms” expounded during the height of the feminist and sexual revolution didn’t work out very well. Sigh…what a mess things have become…what a tangled web of confusion and pain has wrapped itself around our culture. Love you, dear friend! ❤ ❤

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      It was a difficult topic to address but necessary. It’s so much easier to follow God’s plan for his people. We always try to interfere and our plans always fail.

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