26 February 2013

Masculinity, Part Two (Are women the problem?)

Suzanne Venker, who evidently works for FoxNews, wrote and article recently which was titled, "The War on Men." I could relate to her premise. Among the things she wrote were these gems.
Women aren’t women anymore.
In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.
But what if the dearth of good men, and ongoing battle of the sexes, is – hold on to your seats – women’s fault?
It’s the women who lose. 
Absolutely. Now, I'm not blaming all deficiencies in gender relations on women. But, the discomfort men feel in dealing with women is often caused by the off-putting attitudes of women, many of whom don't realize how they've been affected by the "Sexual Revolution," and radical feminism.

Evidently, not all women have been accepting of Venker's viewpoints on the matter. In a follow-up piece titles "Let's Call a Truce in the War on Men," she indicates that she got quite a load of hate mail for the original essay. She wrote,
I was inundated with emails from women telling me I should be ashamed of myself for suggesting women have a role to play in the decline of marriage and battle of the sexes. One reader even told me to kill myself. No, really. Kill myself.
OK, let's not allow that discussion to derail us from our stated purpose regarding women though. Men need to be men. It would help if women were women, too. Among the many things God's Word has to say about the role of men with regard to women, we find this:  
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7).
"Weaker vessels"? Yes, that's God's term. It is not intended to be demeaning, but descriptive. Yes, I know that we've all run into (hopefully not literally) some women we would not want to match wits or physical attributes against. That doesn't change the fact that the role relationship between men and women needs to be one of tender care on the part of the men (see also Ephesians 5:22-33).

Bottom line: men need to stand up, stand firm, be Godly, Do yourself and your wife (or intended) a favor. Disabuse yourselves of the unGodly influences of radical feminism. Let the women be women, feminine, frilly, keepers of the home, etc. And YOU, man, be manly. It's OK. God calls us to it.

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