Feminism – All Growed Up

Usually, I content myself with linking to other blogger’s posts, rather than re-publishing them here. This time I’m going to make an exception.

Gabriel Hudelson is a friend, fellow blogger, and resident composer at Resounding Music. Recently, he shared a letter on his personal blog; a letter which he had written, and which I intend to share with you now:

Dear girls,
Feminism is growing up.

It used to be enough for you to claim psychological superiority – to wear the spiritual pants – to hold the esteemed position as the only thing that stood between males and barbarism.

No longer. Now, not only are you better than the guys – but you’re one of them, too.

Not only is the new femme fatale seductive and shapely (sorry, guys, I’m really trying to find semi-modest pictures here), but she is also just as strong, just as fast, just as deadly as the men.

Some of you are just discovering this, but hopefully more and more girls will grow up with this realization instead of finding later that, for so long, they believed the myth that men had something that they needed.

Hopefully this message will reach them while they’re young.

Don’t worry – guys love it when you protect them, save them, lead them, beat them up when they need it. Nothing inspires them like being led into battle by a woman.

It’s no trouble for you, of course – you’re used to doing everything else for them anyway. Besides, the world needs you. Men just can’t do what you can do.

Especially not in a dress and high heels.

The world doesn’t need that whole “gentle and quiet spirit” thing anymore. It’s passé. What do you have to be gentle and quiet about? Anything men can do, you can do better!

Which makes me wonder – what do we need men for, anyway?

They’re so violent.

Sincerely,
A Man (I’m sorry about that)

P.S. You may still have my seat on the lifeboat, if you want it.

Did you read that? All of it? Good. Now, read it again. And take a look at the original post, which includes an assortment of pictures that drive the point home even deeper.

“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” ~ Margaret D. Nadauld

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13 thoughts on “Feminism – All Growed Up”

  1. Is there a bonus for reading it 3 times? This was an amazing re-post, and very good and though I agree with it. I must beg leave to ask the question…what do women do when men refuse to step up to the plate. True there are women out there who overstep their bounds no matter how much leeway is given to them, however when a man refuses to be the man what is a woman to do? Go down with the ship? Or fight and hope the man wakes up to duty?

    1. A good question, Jessica, and which (to be honest) probably deserves an entire post of its own. No doubt there are cases where – in the absence of manly, Godly men – the woman must do what is necessary for _______ reason. Case in point: Deborah in Judges 4.

      However, let’s not forget that feminism isn’t so much about manning the ship when the men have abandoned it; feminism is about throwing men overboard in the first place. ‘Cuz anything guys can do, girls can do better. Never mind whether they should.

  2. Men and women are different — it’s silly when people try to act otherwise. However, I think it’s a mistake to limit the term “feminism” to those few who pretend there’s no difference between the sexes. Feminism is a movement that works to ensure women have equal political, social, educational, and occupational rights. Is that something a person should be against? I have a mother, a sister, a wife, and two daughters — I’m a feminist even though I have a penis. I teach my young daughters that they can grow up to be anything they want to be. They have every opportunity that anyone else has.

    So while I agree that some people may take the idea to ridiculous extremes that pretend there are no differences at all between the two sexes, I think that position is a caricature of true feminism. Let’s not forget that women have only had the right to vote in this country for less than a century. And in many other parts of the world, they are still subjugated.

  3. Wow! A very good post! I’m speechless here… I completely agree with Jessica about men stepping up to the plate. I believe both men and women need to accept the roles given to them by one who created all things and understand they are not loved differently by our God because of their gender!
    Our Loving Father did not intend women to be “like” or better than men. Thanks Corey for putting this on your blog!
    Stephanie
    PS..:) Hope this makes sense, just got home from a yukky doc visit :)

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