Turn on the television, pick up a newspaper, listen to talk radio, and you’re very likely to hear about the “war on women.” Apparently, we’re to believe that women are being attacked, held back, and otherwise prevented from living free, equal, empowered lives in today’s America. Oddly enough, I would have never noticed this war, had it not been made a hot button issue with politicos and pundits over the last couple of years. I suppose I’ve been too preoccupied with getting my degree, church activities, working, and trying to be a mother, a concerned daughter to aging parents, and a friend to those who actually enjoy my company. Sometimes there really aren’t enough hours in a day. All that being said, I decided to take some time and look into this “war on women,” since, as a woman, there may come a time when I’m drafted into service, in which case, I’d like to be prepared.
Preparation would require we begin from the start. While I do realize there was a time when educating women in America wasn’t a priority, and their primary role was to tend the house and children, that hasn’t been the case for quite some time. Today’s young women are educated at a higher rate than young men. A Pew Research Center article from 2014 details the numbers. In 2012, 71% of female high school graduates were entering college the following Fall semester, as opposed to 61% of males. That trend is rising.
A 2015 report from the AFL-CIO reports that over half of the professional and technical workforce in America is made up of women. While there is disparity in pay between men and women, most reports attribute that to personal choices of the women, whether it be with job preference or time taken off for maternity leave. Some of the details of the pay gaps that exist may be troublesome and worth bringing to the table for discussion, but it hardly warrants the label of “war on women.” The word, “war” would suggest an all-out assault on the very being of womanhood.
As Christians, and in particular, Christian women, we need to carefully consider what it is that the ones perpetuating this idea that there is a war on women are seeking to achieve. How will we know if the war is won? Who are our commanders in this war? Also, how far into this do we allow ourselves to be drawn, without compromising our faith?
Cultural Marxism is the forerunner of the radical feminist movement. The goal is to drastically alter the cultural landscape of our nation by attacking the family unit, breaking down of traditional morality, and installing, through the use of media and political influence, a system of moral relativism that drastically steers us away from our nation’s founding values. The sexual revolution and “free love” movement of the 1960s saw the moral fiber of our nation worn thin. By 1973, Roe v. Wade was used to swing open the gates to allow for mothers to legally stop the beating hearts of their children, as they slept in the womb. Does this not grieve our God?
Now, here we are today. We are decades removed from the 1960s and Roe v. Wade. The calls for the equality of women everywhere still resound, and some are hailing the new, liberated, strong, empowered woman of the 21st century! There are many magazines out there specifically catering to this new representation of womanhood, in all her glory. While pausing in most any checkout line in most grocery stores or Walmart, you can peruse the covers of these magazines and get a pretty clear picture of what passes as the hard won “equality” of today’s woman. On a recent shopping trip, these article titles jumped out at me from the covers of several different magazines:
“’I Had My Most Epic Orgasm When…’ Real Women Dish.”
“Sex Goals! More Foreplay, Better Birth Control – We’ll Help You Get Whatever You want.”
“10 Ways Sex is Better When You’re in a Long-Distance Relationship: You’ve Mastered the Art of the Mind-blowing Quickie.”
Women of God, I ask you, if our past supposedly had us as little more than the chattel of our men, then is our equality really won through our sexuality? Should not our goals be higher than what is below our waist?
I get the argument of the feminists that women are somehow made more free when we can do all the things that men can do, whether that thing be to take on jobs that are normally male-oriented, walk around topless, or regard sex as something for instant gratification, rather than something to bind two souls in unity. I’ve actually got a saying: Sex was meant as a wedding gift, not a party favor. For far too many, that is a foreign concept.
Men and women weren’t meant to be the same. They were meant to act as opposite sides of the whole of God’s workmanship, working in synchronicity. They were meant to complement each other. A good man will not expect a woman to demean herself or cheapen God’s purpose for her. Nor will a good man cheapen himself by doing those things that are abhorrent to God.
So when the world screams, “Right to choose!” but then falls into fits of rage if a woman chooses to not abort her child, who is waging a war on women? You get nearly the same apoplectic fits when a family chooses to home school their children, rather than expose them to the worldly influences of the public school system.
If that same world cries out for the equality of women, but then promotes them as sexual objects, rather than the workmanship of God, is that not an act of war?
Proverbs 31:25-26 NASB tells us, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
What a beautiful picture of godly womanhood. Women of God, I propose to you that the war on women is being waged by the very ones who claim to be fighting for us. We are seeing many of our sisters being twisted by this world, used as tools to fight for things our Father God never meant to be. There can be no peace, and there can be no true victory outside of God’s plan for us. We are victorious when we are virtuous.
Receive these words with the intentions they were delivered, Sisters-in-Christ. Be truly empowered, not by any doing of the world, but by the authority given to us as daughters of the Most High God. Teach these truths to your daughters and granddaughters. Take them from your homes, into the streets, and into the voting booth. We have the power to change the climate of this nation. Victory is within our reach.