In Part One, we evaluated the TED Talk which was allegedly going to make all men feminists.
Why Feminism Isn't The AnswerFeminism doesn't inspire men to stand up and be the men God has called them to be. Feminism works towards eradicating any differences between the role of men and women in our society. I do not deny that many feminists are concerned with violence against women, but preventing it is not one of the goals of feminism, and is not likely to be an end of it either.
Back in my feminist days, I decided to join our city's Take Back the Night march - an event to raise awareness about violence against women, and work towards a community where women can safely walk outdoors after dark. I was planning on going with two friends, one female and one male. When we arrived at the event, our male friend was told he was not welcome to join in the march - it was a "women only" event. The organizers had a "we don't want your help" attitude, even towards men who were willing to stand in solidarity with women towards the goal of creating a safer environment.
This is just one example which shows how feminism not only alienates men, even the ones who want to help, but is working against itself in preventing violence against women. There will always be men who make it unsafe for women to walk around at night, what we need are more men who are willing to be the protectors of those women - men who aspire to biblical manhood.
The Solution: The Biblical ModelThroughout the Bible we see that God emphasizes the value of both sexes, along with the distinctness of men and women, which leads to a framework for preventing violence against women.
- The Bible holds women in equal worth to men, both made in God's image and given the task together of taking dominion over creation. People who claim Christianity makes women less than men need read no further than Genesis 2 to see otherwise.
- Husbands are called to love their wives and sacrifice for them as Christ loves the Church! That is PERFECT love. There is no other culture or religion which calls men to such a high standard with regards to their wives.
- The Bible puts men in a role of protector and provider for the women under their authority (wives, daughters, or in the case of the church, widows and orphans). This is not a power trip, it is a huge responsibility.
So Where Do We Start?The speaker talks about how we shouldn't be putting the responsibility on teenage boys, but on grown men. However, if we want teenagers to grow into men who will stand up for what is right - we need to begin teaching them long before they are adults. I believe the number one thing you can do to prevent violence against women is raise up your sons with a true biblical understanding of the value of women, and the role of men. With this as their foundation, they will not need to be told to stand up against violence towards women - it will be the only thing that makes sense to them.
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