Biblical Women Versus Modern Feminism

“Feminism is for everyone!”

“Modesty equals oppression!”

“Smash the patriarchy!”

These phrases, along with countless others, have become the mantra of modern feminism.  Feminism, for those who are unaware, has been a controversial topic of global discussion throughout the past few years, arising to combat the “war on women”.  Defined, feminism means, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men”, which at first glance seems like something that everyone should advocate.  I mean, who doesn’t want equal rights?

But, upon taking a deeper look into the ideologies of modern feminism, I have decided that it is a frightening mindset, in which I cannot bring myself to support.

I’m not a misogynist, a bigot, or sexist.

In fact, I’m a young woman myself.

So, the question on the table is why don’t I support feminism, even though I am a woman?  Well, let’s go back and review the opening quotes:

“Feminism is for everyone!”

“Modesty equals oppression!”

“Smash the patriarchy!”

Over the past few years, I’ve been addicted to Pinterest.  From time to time, I like to review the quotes feed of the website to browse for Bible verses, quotes about writing, or inspirational quotes from people I admire.  Lately, every time I log in, quotes advocating feminism are plastered everywhere.   However, the quotes aren’t always as innocent as they appear above; in fact, they are oftentimes crass and support ideals of misandry, meaning the hatred or dislike of men.  I have read comments on various posts, on Pinterest and elsewhere, where feminists have claimed to hate men in general because they rape, control, and oppress females.  Now, I’m not saying that some men don’t rape, control or oppress women, for they obviously do.  Nevertheless, the actions of those men do not give feminists the right to verbally assault the entire male population.  You see, modern feminism isn’t driving to aid everyone; if it implied equal rights for everyone, it would be called egalitarianism.

Despite the apparent hypocritical mindset of many feminists, the main reason why I do not support feminism is that modern feminism strongly deviates from what God says about being a biblical woman in the Bible.  While surfing Pinterest this past weekend, I came across the following quote, advocating feminism:

“I continue to be amazed when I see Christian women defending a Bible that denigrates women.” -Seth Andrews

Upon reading this quote, I laughed to myself.  Obviously Mr. Andrews has not taken the time to fully grasp the content of the Bible, especially what God has to say about biblical women.  You see, people who state that the Bible denigrates women take verses out of context, therefore framing the verse to mean something that is not true.  For example, below is one verse that is often framed as a misogynistic view from the Bible:

 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.” -Colossians 3:18

Modern feminism wants us to believe that the Bible is a product of misogyny because wives are asked to submit to their husbands, as stated in the aforementioned verse from the book of Colossians.  By itself, this verse makes it seem as if men are supposed to rule over women with an iron fist.  However, the naysayers neglect to seek out further understanding of the verse than what they are coming up with on their own.  Let’s take a look at a verse that expands upon the act of submitting:

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives.” -1 Peter 3:1

In this verse, wives are asked to submit to their husbands in order to relay the Word of God to them, not to be controlled or manhandled by their husbands.  So, in reality, God is giving the woman of the household a great deal of responsibility in entrusting them to be a Godly influence in their husband’s life, not bashing the rights of women.

Additionally, the following verse is also often overlooked, even though it immediately follows the verse that is criticized for the request of submission from wives:

“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” -Colossians 3:19

God does not ask men to be the supreme ruler over their wives, but to love them as Christ loves His bride, the Church.

Furthermore, in contrast to the accusation that the Bible states that all women should be housewives, let’s take a look at this shout-out to the single lifestyle:

“There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.” -1 Corinthians 7:34

God knows that some women don’t necessarily need a husband, just like some men don’t need a wife.  However, He doesn’t bash the concept of marriage, unlike some modern feminists who believe that marriage is synonymous with confinement.

Lastly, I would like to point out that Proverbs 31 dedicates an entire section to describe what a godly woman is like.  While I’m not going to rehash the entire section below, here are some highlights:

 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.” -Proverbs 31:16-17

 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” -Proverbs 31:20

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” -Proverbs 31:25-28

Modern feminism often makes the argument that the Bible teaches against women’s rights.  However, as you can see above, that argument is anything but valid.  Proverbs 31 depicts biblical women as strong, hardworking women who are willing to help the needy and aim to see their families thrive.  Godly women are depicted as wise, kind, and adored by their families.  All of these traits are virtuous, and are celebrated in women around the world today.  Modern feminism on the other hand does not advocate biblical virtues, but instead worldly actions such as sleeping around, dressing immodestly, submitting to no one (including God), abortion, etc.

Being a woman myself, I am all for equal rights for women.  I believe that we should be able to vote in elections, and we can.  I believe that we should receive equal pay as our male counterparts, and some of us do, though this is still an issue throughout the world. I believe that a woman should not have to worry about being raped or abused by males. Nevertheless, I will not support a movement that is geared towards defiling men, supporting sin, and blaspheming the word of God.  Instead, I choose to be a Proverbs 31 woman, seeking to please God in all that I do.

Goodnight, and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

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One comment

  1. Daryngue De Sypl · March 15, 2016

    Breaking down men won’t produce good husbands and fathers. Abuse of men who suffer silently is at an all-time high. I see so young men (and women) making bad life choices because there are no father figures left.

    I raised many American teens over the internet from a continent away. I saw the need. Of course I also made mistakes as I am human. But it saddens me to think that quite a few young Americans can only relate to a faceless father showing up by typing words onto a screen. Not there to kneel with them, or to teach them to drive, work with money, kick a ball. How to walk in a forest and cook in the wild over an open fire. Give a hug when horrors of high school sets in. Protect when there is a bully or a prowler about.

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