Last November (2010) I dedicated the month to "Women Who Rock". I wrote about a few women from various periods of history. There was the smokin', drinkin' nun who rescued children from the Nazi's, Mother Maria Skobtsova, in the 20th century and then there was the 4th century beauty queen turned fearless witness for Christianity St. Katherine. I also wrote about a famous American woman, who had TWELVE children, but still managed to get various degrees, serve as an advisor to several US presidents, and was an engineer, Lillian Moller Gilbreth.
They rocked. All women rock. If you are a woman and are reading this, you rock. And don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.
In October, I want to present my case as to what I think true feminist is or should be, and she's no shrinking violet. However, a real feminist to me is not a woman trying to be like a man. Let the men do their own thing. There is a difference between men and women, and it's okay. My husband is physically stronger than I, and I don't care that I have to go to him to open a jar of pickles. I don't feel inferior to him because there are things that he can do that I can't. I know some women have a huge problem with Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism because women are not permitted to hold the office of priest. Quite honestly, I don't have a problem with that. I have never viewed it as anti-woman or some sort conspiracy to keep women down. As a matter of fact, the most honored human being in the Orthodox Christian and Roman Catholic Church is A WOMAN!!!! And, the Virgin Mary was no push-over for sure. Without the Virgin Mary's un-coerced consent (the Archangel Gabriel did not threaten her to agree to carry a child while being unwed), there is no Messiah entering into the world, hence no crucifixion, no resurrection, and ultimately no salvation. The fact that women cannot be priests is so minuscule of a matter when you realize that there would be no priesthood in the Church at all if had not been for a woman agreeing to a take on such an enormous responsibility. (Here's the story in case you are unfamiliar with the details. Luke 1:26-56)
Again, these won't be male-bashing posts. I am married to a man and I have a son. Obviously, I don't hate men. And I do believe that men are more "useful" than just for opening the lids of jars. (I chose the word "useful" as a joke. In reality I find it to be a disgusting word when applied to human beings.) It is just that I am also the mother of two girls, so it is very important to me to expose the falsities of how American culture portrays women to them and what the reality of the situation is. I am very very close to banning television in my home for this very reason. When our culture preaches that the entertainer Madonna opened so many doors for women in regards to expressing their sexuality, I have to honestly counter that by saying (and truly believing!) that she set us back into slavery. She is a businesswoman, a self-proclaimed "Material Girl", nothing more, nothing less. Sex sells and she took advantage of that. From an American capitalist point of view, you could say "Bravo Madonna! Well done! You can now afford to buy and do whatever you like! American dream accomplished!" But from where I sit and observe, women, now more than ever, believe their self worth is based on how much men desire them and they can "get" through manipulation of that desire, a truly heinous and potentially deadly lie.
See you all in October.