Feminism and Men

I’m the child of divorce and I remember seeing this phrase on many items around our house as a young child.

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.

This has often been attributed to Gloria Steinem but not positively.

However, yesterday when I was reading the book So Much More by Anna Sofia Botkin and Elizabeth Botkin, I enjoyed their analogy to that statement based on the following verses.

1 Corinthians 11:11-12
11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;
12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.
ESV

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. ESV

So using the feminist reasoning we end up with this.

The Church without Christ is like a fish without a bicycle.

So how could a believer possibly think like this?

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2 thoughts on “Feminism and Men

  1. So glad you wrote this. My mother had this phrase on a T-shirt, and I always hated it. She and I often differed in what we though was comical or appropriate- like pornography (men are married, not dead) and belittling of men (I hated the show Home Improvement and she asked who’s side I was on) and I have seen as an adult how that thinking undermined the whole gospel in our home. It is surreal as a kid to have your own mother call you a prude, but I just couldn’t reconcile her attitudes with the Word.

    I think the most important lesson we teach our kids is that no matter what anybody says, INCLUDING YOUR PARENTS, check it against the Bible.

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  2. Motherofmany,

    Hello, I haven’t heard from you in a while!

    TV has often made the men out to be the bad ones. I remember the kid’s movie about “Buzz Lightyear”. The family with the dad had the bad child and the dad was always sitting in front of the TV. The single mom was the parent of the good children and was Mrs. Perfect. It is amazing when we really think about what is being portrayed to children today.

    My mom actually undermined men, often unintentionally, all our life. She did not realize how her attitude towards men would impact her children in the future.

    Thankfully, the Lord will burn the dross from our lives if we seek His will in His Word, even the dross from our upbringing.

    Berean Wife

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