Another pre-fire article. I dedicate this series to all of the so-called “Christian Feminists” and Liberation Theologists.
The Bible pegged the feminist rebellion way back.
“To the woman he said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’ And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, “You shall not eat of it,” cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life'”
Genesis 3:16-17 [ESV]
There is a ton of relevant theology in these verses, but of note are some basic traits given to us fallen humans by this curse God spoke:
The phase “your desire shall be for your husband” is not a good one. We can tell because (1) this is a curse from God, and curses are always bad in the Bible (and outside it as well), and (2), the word for “desire” used there is the same one used later in the story of Cain and Abel, when God says to Cain that sin “desires” to have him, but he must master it, which he fails to do and so murders his brother. Finally, (3) the very next phrase about “[your husband] shall rule over you” adds another element: This is talking about a conflict between the Man and the Woman. It describes a colder, more rigid relationship between Adam (and all men thereafter) and Eve (and all women thereafter) which was pronounced on them by God’s curse, as a result of their sin of eating the forbidden fruit a few verses earlier.
Basically, what we call the “battle of the sexes” could be theologically traced back to this verse, even if only as a subset of all sin being traced back to this chapter, as it fits very well for many reasons. We see this all the time in human nature; women have a tendency to want to rebel against their cultural roles and take on those of men, and men have a tendency to want to repress women into very strict niches. This is a pattern which ebbs and flows throughout human history. A good juxtaposition of examples now would be modern America, which is overrun by feminist rebellion even in the church, and the modern Islamic state, particularly within Sharia jurisdiction, where women are particularly repressed by a large set of laws which dictate their lives (I am generalizing here, but hopefully the point is made).
For the last ~50 years or so, we have seen a huge uptick in disrespect and disregard for men’s roles and place in American society and culture. We have also seen an insipid urge from some influential corners of our culture to place women into everything formerly regarded as masculine and to blur all distinctions between what is masculine and what is feminine. In our age, the idea that somehow having equal numbers of men and women in everything is good is considered to be a core component of what is called “progressive”, and the question “why?” is almost never honestly asked about this notion.
The problems caused by this country’s massive wave of feminism and feminization of its culture are even now just beginning to really come to light, such as a massive and overbearing government, huge welfare state, lack of fathers in families, lack of positive male role models in society (especially Black American society), and increasing lack of restraint and good judgement in American women, as they are fully backed by the State in pretty much all they do. Not often mentioned is the increasing number of suicides and violence by aimless, confused, and hurting young men, who feel betrayed by their culture, and feel that they have no place in modern society. Often mentioned is the lack of men for lonely (usually mid-twenties and older) single women to be married to, though the questions of what would cause this are seldom honestly asked.
Amidst all of this, it is reassuring to know that Yahweh still is alive and well, even though it may seem to many that this culture makes no sense at all. He long ago codified and pointed out the sin of female rebellion in His word, as well as prescriptions for it (check out some of the verses about female submission in the New Testament, though rarely will you hear a solid sermon on them; pastors must appease their 60+% female congregations), and He will bring it to judgement. Actually, one could argue that the epidemic of women who cannot find men to marry them IS judgement; for our culture does not produce marriageable women at nearly the rate that it used to, nor does it even stop to examine this.
Finally, for the quiet legion of angry young men out there who are fed up with feminism, “Strong and Independent women” (SIWs), and all of the insipid shrieking in general, it is best to remember this verse: “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.” (Deut. 32:35 [ESV]). The Lord is a far better judge, jury, and executioner than you or I, and of course than our corrupt legal system. He will bring all of those rebellious women (and the men who passively enable them) to account for their sins and misdeeds, and He will do so with perfect Justice, and at the appropriate time.
So even though your culture may fail you, carry on, good men. We may live to see it change yet again, as it always does.
There will be another post on this subject matter later, in particular on male passivity and our tendency to repression. I do not know when they will be written, but they will. Stay tuned.