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One of the great sociopolitical battlefields of the 20th century has involved the role of women in society and government, and that has especially been true since the rise of radical feminism in the 1960’s. As the feminists put it, excluding women from anything demonstrates misogyny, or a literal hatred of women, and they extend this to the political, economic, and behavioral. This has resulted in fundamental changes to our society, which the feminists themselves see as beneficial, albeit they still believe there is much left to do. Rarely is an important question asked, however—have these changes been good for society or even women?

In terms of the political, women could not vote in federal elections until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, but that was four years after Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) became the first woman to ever be elected to the US House of Representatives. It was also more than two decades after Martha Hughes Cannon (D) became the first female State Senator in Utah after she defeated her own husband, who had run as a Republican. Today, nearly 1 in 5 serving members of the US Congress is female, and progressives are attempting to elect Hillary Clinton almost entirely based on the fact that she is a woman. Feminists will not be content until they have a woman in the White House with at least half of the Congress also being female, but we can already see that they exert a disproportionate amount of control over policies.

For example, the educational system is largely dedicated to the promotion of females and feminine behavior despite men largely controlling the seats of federal power. Indeed, women are 11% more likely to graduate high school than men (Source), and 57% of students enrolled in college in 2013 were female (Source). Women also account for more than half of first-time enrollments in graduate programs, albeit women dominate certain fields such as public administration and health sciences while being a minority in more traditional fields (Source). Despite the overall picture, feminists still say that sexism is alive and well because women are not dominating fields such as engineering. What has all of this supposed progress translated into for society?

In 2015, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that women aged 25-44 had a median of 4.3 opposite-sex partners in their lifetime with 10.6% of women aged 15-44 having 15 or more sexual partners (Source). The average age for an American woman to lose her virginity is just 17.2 years. In 2012, women aged 15-24 had the highest observed rates of gonorrhea (Source). This promiscuity has resulted in the fact that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime, and women aged 15-24 account for nearly half of abortions each year (Source). Furthermore, 40.2% of babies are born out of wedlock (Source). Men have not fared better under this “enlightened” system with them reporting more sexual partners and losing their virginity earlier.

This has all been the byproduct of the feminization of society. Indeed, popular magazines published by women for women bombard them with messages such as no “person is ever normal” nor “needs to be” and that the number of sexual partners one has “should be based on your free will, luck, and desire—and nothing more” (Source). It should be noted that feminism does not merely promote hedonism amongst women, but the movement also encourages the normalization of homosexuality. In point of fact, the most extreme feminists have promoted “political lesbianism,” or a complete rejection of men, since the 1970’s (Source). Feminism has undermined society in other ways as well including the mass importation of the Third World into the West. For example, the National Organization for Women has declared that “immigration is a feminist issue” including embracing illegal aliens (Source). Swedish feminists, who support the importation of Muslims, have attacked white men for wanting to protect them from being raped by the migrants (Source).

The common theme in all of this is that personal feelings and desires are said to be what should guide one’s behavior. This makes sense in terms of biology when we consider that studies have shown that “women are far more affected by emotional images” (Source), and they “tend to focus more on the feelings generated by [negative emotions]” while men “have a more analytical than emotional approach when dealing with [the same]” (Source). This explains why women tend to support things such as gay marriage, open borders, gun control, and so on more than men. In short, they are far more easily manipulated when bombarded with images and stories that stimulate negative emotions. Groups such as GLAAD have understood this, which is why they stress “representation” in media. Women have been bombarded with positive depictions of homosexuals, and that has ensured they identify with gays as “victims” when confronting issues such as gay marriage. We find the same thing with the United States being depicted as a “nation of immigrants” where “innocent Muslims” are being targeted by “evil racists,” or when “gun control” is presented as an effort to “prevent toddlers from accidentally killing themselves.” Whether engaging in degenerate behavior or tolerating such behavior in others, it is all guided by self-indulgence, making oneself feel good.

We can clearly see that the feminization of Western civilization has not been the universal good that feminists claim it to be, and the reason why should be obvious to traditionalist Christians. After all, we can see parallels between modern society and the story of Adam and Eve. It was the woman who was easily deceived by Satan, but she also led Adam astray in the process. This is not unlike modern women losing their way with men also suffering the consequences of hedonism. In Genesis 3:16, God says to Eve, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” God recognizes that Adam and Eve both sinned, but it was her weakness that provoked their sinful behavior. The natural counterbalance to that weakness was to place Adam as the head of the relationship. Indeed, 1 Corinthians 11:3 tells us that “the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God,” and 1 Timothy 2:12 says, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” The modern Eves have succumbed to Satan’s seduction yet again, but men have failed to live up to what God called us to do.

It would be simple enough to blame feminists for subverting traditional values, but the truth is that it was men who voted to give women the right to vote. Indeed, every great victory of feminism was not due to the efforts of a minority of women themselves but were rather the result of men surrendering their natural authority. Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, and Roe v. Wade are all seen as landmark cases for the female-dominated political left, but each of those cases was decided by a Supreme Court entirely occupied by men. It was men who desegregated schools, it was men who legalized race-mixing, and it was men who fabricated a “right to abortion” out of whole cloth. While women should certainly be held accountable for the sins they have committed, we must also accept that it was weak men who made it possible by surrendering the authority that God granted us. Feminists like to demonize patriarchy as oppressive and wicked, but God placed that heavy burden upon man’s shoulders as a call to righteousness in and of itself. Men sinned by shirking their duties, and we have all suffered the consequences as God warned would happen.

And herein lies the problem for both men and women in today’s degenerate society. It is all too easy for traditionally-minded men to see women as the enemy. After all, the Republican Party would never lose a national election if only men were allowed to vote, and many social ills could be easily solved if that were the case. This misses the point, however, as these problems only exist because men lost their way and gave the keys to the women despite ample reason to suspect what would happen. For their part, women must also be blamed for the fact that their own nature prevents most of them from even recognizing that their matriarchy of sorts has not produced anything worthy of being called civilization. Academia is in tatters, the Church has been subverted at every turn, grown men can now use women’s facilities with little girls, homosexuals can prance around nude down Main Street in full view of small children, and on, and on, and on. This is all the byproduct of female tolerance, and that Pandora’s Box of easily manipulated emotion was opened by men.

The answer to what plagues us is a return to a virtuous patriarchy in which men gladly shoulder the burden of maintaining society while women acknowledge and accept this natural order. As Jesus said in Mark 10:6-9, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” The natural order for men and women is to form two halves of the same whole. This does not mean that men and women are equals in an egalitarian sense. The feminine nature helps to make families cohesive and loving, and the family unit is the basic building block of civilization. The male nature then must prevent the female from extending its umbrella of feelings in such a way that leads to moral rot and social decay by embracing every degenerate and infidel as though they were simply children in need of a hug. The woman makes the family possible, and the man makes society possible. They simultaneously complement and counteract each other.

To this end, we must all remember the words of 1 Peter 3:5-9: “For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”

In short, men should be gentlemen, and women should be ladies. Neither should make demands of the other when they themselves are not worthy of honor or respect. A man who denigrates and abuses women is not worthy of a holy woman, and a woman who thinks she belongs on a pedestal while demanding she be sought after like a prize is not worthy of a holy man. Healthy relationships must be based on the two becoming one flesh—recognizing their roles and working to complement one another while also preventing each other from becoming unbalanced. Men and women who cannot do this are a product of this modern, hedonistic society, and they will be doomed to repeating the mistakes thereof even as they see themselves in a righteous light. Man or woman, strive to be something better than you are, name wickedness whenever you see it, defend innocence wherever it is found, and, above all, take heed of the natural order set forth by the Lord.