I’ve seen a lot of both positive and negative responses to Emma Watson’s UN speech. I was asked for my opinion of her speech by a few people on Facebook and Twitter. So, here I am, typing away.
So, without further ado, here is my bucket of thoughts on the matter -
I didn’t hate it, I didn’t like it, personally I felt it was much like my favorite stuffed bear I had as a child. Not Emma Watson, mind you, but her speech. I loved that bear. My bear was soft, fluffy and comforting. It somehow made me think that the Boogeyman would avoid my room. Well, in reality, the Boogeyman never existed, and my bear would have been completely useless if an intruder broke in to kidnap me. My bear would have just sat there in its adorable clown outfit while I was raped and murdered. Emma’s speech was adorable, and completely useless. It was a teddy bear pretending to be a Rottweiler. Not only that, it furthered the idea that us civilized people are ridiculously narcissistic.
Example: The woman living in the Middle East being stoned to death after she was raped is not so concerned about Obama’s White House paying their female workers less.
Example: The homosexual sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is, I’m guessing, not so concerned about whether your male friend can feel free to let his emotions floweth.
Example: The little girl suffering through genital mutilation is probably not worried about the fact that Emma was called “bossy.”
To quote Justin Timberlake, “cry me a river” came to mind.
Now, I’m not saying that little issues shouldn’t be addressed, but addressing them in a room with world leaders – a large portion of them still allowing women to be brutalized – is wildly silly. It’s like sitting in a room with Michael Vick and his followers and trying to encourage them to support a Tempur Pedic dog line because your buddy Fido seems to be a bit achy in the morning.
“When I was 8, I was called bossy because I wanted to direct a play we would put on for our parents. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. At 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of sports teams because they didn’t want to appear masculine” she boldly proclaims to the man that thinks women should be held down and mutilated so that they don’t feel pleasure during sex.
“At 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings” she tearfully says while trying to convince a world leader that thinks homosexuals should be beheaded.
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive” she says to a world leader who let dogs eat his uncle.
Side note: For people that claim to respect science more than anyone else, those that applaud the idea that men and women should be treated the same emotionally have completely rejected biology so as to create their own overarching moral system. Period. Men and women are different, suicides and depression increased when we started denying this.
So, in the end you can say, “It was meant for the world, not just for the men and women in the room!”, and yet it will still be about as effective as Obama’s hashtag diplomacy in getting anything done. It is ivory tower theatrics, Thurston and Lovey Howell-esque rhetoric. No offense, Emma darling, but the way I feel about your speech is similar to how your side would feel if Romney complained about money. It’s like a pageant contestant saying that they want to end world hunger while standing in a $2000 gown with a cloud of hairspray looming above their head. It’s adorable, it’s predictable, and “powerful” according to a magazine that will spend more than I will make in a lifetime ensuring that they get the first photo of the next celebrity baby named after a piece of fruit. Excuse me if I don’t raise my glass of Dom Perignon to their ability to relate to the little people and decide what is “powerful.”
Sounds harsh? Yes. Yes it does. Life is harsh.
Emma cited Edmund Burke saying, “all that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.” In actuality, that wildly popular quote was never found in his writings, and for the sake of the discussion I’ll post his exact words:
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
Same meaning, but interestingly enough, I doubt that she would use Edmund Burke as a point of reference in any other way. Why? Well, when he was making these statements, he was simultaneously saying that the preservation of citizens and the success of a country are intrinsically linked to Christianity. He spoke on the rights of ALL men, and the need for restraint of passions frequently. Not to put words in his mouth, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he’d have quite a few words for women dressed in vagina costumes fighting to remove rights from innocent infants. He wouldn’t support the various government programs that are aimed not at equality, but at giving the weaker sex as many handouts as possible so as to keep them enslaved (I didn’t call them weaker, liberals did by their actions). That’s not equality, Emma.
She spent a good portion of time discussing why she believes feminism has lost its zest. She claims that it is all about the false man hating rhetoric. I would challenge that position. I would say that it is because we have stripped feminism of its purpose. We have lost sight, Emma. I would say that we traded principles for weapons grade stupidity. There is a woman that sent her child to school with vagina cookies, Emma. Vagina cookies. Then she told the teacher that didn’t particularly appreciate them that she wished her future husband would abuse her for not happily accepting the vagina cookies. There is a woman who changed into a man, and then fought to teach breastfeeding AS a man. He won. A major part of the 2012 election revolved around the words “free contraception.” We call Beyonce empowering for prancing around in a thong and doing sexual favors for her man because she “just wanna be the girl you like.” The word “feminism” is rejected by women with brains not only because so called “feminists” act like man haters, but also because they’ve dumbed us down to petty, weak, ignorant, drama loving toys who don’t care about what is happening to our own sex in other countries.
See, Emma, back in the day women’s rights meant something. We started off saying, “WE ARE MORE THAN OBJECTS!!!!” and have now moved to “LOOK, WE ARE SHINY OBJECTS!!!!” and we pretend that it has something to do with loving our bodies. We started off by saying that life in the womb was sacred, now we are just vending machines that can be emptied and reused. The feminist movement started off by saying that we have minds, that we have individual opinions, and that we should have the right to voice those opinions and be taken seriously. Now we have moved towards the idea that if we don’t support Sir Nurses-A-Lot we don’t care about female empowerment. Emma, I can’t take the lady that sent cookies decorated as vaginas to school with her 2nd Grade daughter seriously. Honestly, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if she finger paints on her walls with peanut butter and calls herself Picasso.
Feminists of today do not deserve the title. Say I take a can of Spam and slap the label “Steak” on it… Would that make the Spam a steak? No. It would make me desperate to sell you Spam under false pretenses so as to get a higher profit that I shouldn’t receive. This is what feminism has done. It has taken what the original feminists believed to be oppression, and labeled it by a familiar name that makes other people think that they are doing something worthy of their accolades.
Emma spoke of being sexualized, as though it was unwelcomed. Yet she took home a paycheck from Burberry and Lancôme. That’s not an issue in need of calling in the feminist brigade to save her from the grimy hands of men, that’s an issue that feminists themselves have created. They are not consistent in their complaints. They don’t want to be sexualized, but when they get paid to be sexualized it is beautiful because then it is somehow taking pride in their body. They have decided when they get to be a victim, and that doesn’t work.
The problem is that feminism works kind of like a 5 year-old child left to clean his room by himself. Mom comes to the door and suddenly he’s cleaning, Mom walks away and then he is playing again. Emma Watson steps up to a microphone and suddenly it’s all about respecting ourselves and equality, Emma steps away from the microphone and it goes back to being reruns of the vagina monologues and genital pastries. They fight phantom monsters because going after the real monsters are too scary. They don’t have the ability to be a voice for brutalized women because they are too scared to step out of line and be labeled an anti-feminist. The feminists I know are only as brave as their edgy t-shirts and tampon earrings will permit them to be. Heaven forbid they say something that Wendy Davis, Sandra Fluke, and Hillary Clinton wouldn’t agree with.
Feminism hasn’t become a negative term because it has been given a bad rap, it has become a negative term because the current leaders and voices of the movement are idiots.
Some people may be reading this and thinking, “Well, Emma never said that she blatantly supported abortion, nor did she go into detail on her own personal beliefs.” I concur, but that is irrelevant. What is relevant is who is absorbing her message, and what conclusions they come to. What group did this empower? That matters. As much as I’d love to think that there will simply be a bunch of little girls running around saying, “I’m not bossy” – while I hope they one day grow up into someone that isn’t rendered powerless or weakened by a 5 letter word – I know that it won’t end there.
I know that the people doing a fist bump were the individuals that wish to allow little boys into little girls rooms because they “feel different,” without taking any care to evaluate what that might do to the little girls. Because the child that feeds their rhetoric is important, the other children aren’t. A confused little boy shouldn’t have to use the little boy’s room, but the vast number of little girls who will now be confused just need to “get over it” and learn tolerance.
I know some of the individuals who screamed “AMEN” during her speech are the very people that think slicing an infant’s spine at 8 months along is acceptable.
I know that some of those rejoicing over this speech are the very individuals who have turned their back on women, called Islam the religion of peace, and ignored the screams of the millions of brutalized women. All in the name of the cause though, right?
I know that many of those giving Emma accolades are the very same people that don’t think that I should have a gun to protect myself. They fight on behalf of men that may wish to brutalize me, and yet call themselves feminists.
THAT is what matters.
I would have been more impressed had she pointed to her audience and said something similar to the following:
“We as women will give a voice to the child brides and the victims of sex slavery. We will fight for the women that you have allowed to be brutalized. We will ask good men to join us, and we will stand up to men like you. We will stand strong, we will be powerful, and we will be heard. We will show you that we are not mere objects, that we are not weak, and that those silenced by your governments will be remembered. We will not support a porn industry that has aided in the slavery of women. We will no longer let you insult our intelligence. We will be valued. We will not fall for propaganda that leads to us electing leaders that have empowered you. Leaders that have helped you to continue harming us. We refuse to adapt the victim mentality.”
I know I sound like I’m being hard on Emma. I am. I think she means well, but I don’t agree with her on many points, and I refuse to pretend like I do. I support the original goals of the feminist movement, and I support my ability to come to a conclusion that is not spoon fed to me by the religion of feminism. Because THAT is what feminism was originally about.
First off, I must apologize again for the amount of time between posts. So far it has been a crazy year, but I promise that I am getting back on track.
So, on a scale from 1 to Black Friday in Bath & Body Works, how overwhelmed by all of the Obama scandals are you?
Seriously, I sat down and made a list of all the current topics I could blog about, and the list grew so long that my brain shut down. I found myself spacing out while staring sideways at my list, similar to how I speechlessly stared sideways when I encountered that lady in Walmart that asked me where the milk was while I was shopping on the complete opposite side of the store….in the paint aisle.
So, my friends, I’m going to blog about some of the topics on my list, but this blog post isn’t really about them; it’s about you.
*Pulls first topic out of the bucket labeled “Facepalm”*
Lois Lerner Emails:
My phone contacts all have the name of my actual contact, and also “& NSA” attached to them:
“Mom & NSA”
“Beth & NSA”
“Chris & NSA”
Etc….Get it? Ha ha ha. Ha.
At first it was just a joke, an ironic joke, but a joke nonetheless. The funny part about this “joke,” is that it was entirely possible. Why? Because our country is technologically savvy, to a fault. That’s why when I heard that Lois Lerner had 2 years’ worth of emails lost, I laughed. Then I laughed even more. Then I cried from laughing. Then I cried for the people that believed this unmitigated rubbish. Then I worried about the offspring of those who believed it, and the possibility that their parents were the type of individuals who thought that the milk was over by the paint. Then I started laughing again. This cycle continued for at least 4 hours, it was exhausting. So I laughed myself to sleep, then after my nap I proceeded to laugh again.
I’m not even going to explain WHY this made me laugh so hard. If you need an explanation, I just want to inform you of a useful fact: The milk is NOT by the paint in Walmart. I think Paul Ryan said it best, “This is unbelievable…Nobody believes you.” I don’t believe that ANYONE can be that simple minded. You know that the emails aren’t lost. I’m giving the human race the benefit of the doubt by assuming that everyone knows this is a lie, and that those that are saying it’s not a lie, are in fact lying themselves. Kind of like how I gave the lady in Walmart the benefit of the doubt, maybe she’s never been in my Walmart…or any other Walmart.
All in all, we should be deeply offended. They actually think we are that stupid. That says a lot.
*Sticks hand into the “Facepalm” bucket and pulls out another topic.*
Is this in any way defensible, People? I love how all of the individuals that are free after this debacle, yet shouldn’t be, see America as the big bad bully of the world. They all feel that our Country needs to be taken down a notch. They all find our principles, Constitution, and way of business to be flawed. That includes the 5 terrorists released, you know, the people that want us dead, and Bergdahl.
Oh. And our President and all the manipulating, cheating, treasonous bureaucrats that supported him during this dangerous and illegal trade.
There’s no excuse. None. Zip. Nada. Nein. Nai. And for our friends who speak Swahili: “Hapana.”
We’ve reached that point in time when those we elect are giving more trust to deadly terrorists than they give us. No seriously, let that stew in your prefrontal cortex for a while.
*Hand dips back down in “Facepalm” bucket*
ISIS & Weapons of Mass Destruction:
So, ISIS stole the non-existent weapons that Saddam never had, because they never existed, because that was all just a Republican conspiracy theory. (Insert axis of evil joke here.)
Oh, and I know that right now you’re wondering why that all matters, thinking to yourself, “Let’s get to the important questions when it comes to Iraq…Like, are the tortured and beheaded civilians of Iraq fully educated on Climate Change?”…Have no fear, John Kerry and Bill Nye have all of those bases covered for you.
*In order to save time, Marybeth pulls out 4 topics from the “Facepalm” bucket*
Can we please stop picking on innocent American citizens and the First Amendment? Do the American people realize that some of those we elected to represent us are now actively trying to silence us?
Dear Harry Reid, Stop. Just stop. You show more distain for the Koch brothers than you do for the recently released terrorists who prefer a death penalty that involves rape, torture, and beheading. Let’s treat the philanthropists just a bit better, eh?
SIDE NOTE: There’s a VERY thin line between politicians protecting you, and getting the chance to have them sic the Gestapo on you for a thought crime. Remember that very important detail when you don’t think that a Conservative blogger should be able to say that Obama is irresponsible.
Everyone is screaming about how we can’t blame Obama for what the Patent and Trademark Office did. Alright, I’ll go to the special land of Selective Verbiage with you. You’re right, Obama didn’t throw down his gauntlet and demand the change, but the government that he has empowered has figured out that they can weaponize government agencies, and that’s basically the same thing. Patent and Trademark Office, IRS, Department of Education, etc. are attacking the people of the United States because they hold different beliefs than the Left.
Bergdahl is home after betraying the United States, and it cost us a considerable amount of danger. An uncountable number of lives could potentially be lost because of this switch in the years to come. Yet, our government will sit silently while a dedicated American Sergeant is held captive in Mexico. Revolting.
Wow. Just wow. THIS is what you get with socialized medicine. Period. We can do better, and there is SO much more to say on this topic, enough to get a blog post of its own, and it will. This is just proof that our government is violently out of control.
Maybe in the near future I’ll give detailed views on these subjects, as well as many others, but for now I just wanted to give an overview.
As for this being directed at you, it’s directed at you because the mid-term elections are coming up. I would say that they are even more important than the Presidential election. It is time for you to speak up, it is time for you to care, and it is time for you to find your voice before it is silenced. This isn’t about your wallet, this is about the fact that people are dying because of the policies that these politicians are pushing. It’s about them being too weak to even bring up the LONG OVERDUE idea of impeaching our President.
Show them that you are willing to do what is right for those you love, and for those who NEED you to be their voice.
*Pulls paper from the “Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t be President” bucket*
1975 Audio Recording:
We now have a tape of Hillary laughing about the 1975 case involving the rape of a child. Hillary also attacked the credibility of the 12 year-old rape victim, saying that the 6th grader fantasized about older men, and wanted the inappropriate relationship. So, in other words, the 12 year-old child, who probably still had dolls and read Nancy Drew, wanted the 41 year-old man to force himself on her in his car, parked on the side of the highway.
By the way…Feminists are defending Hillary.
I’m going to go ahead and black out for while… *blank stare*
Dear Fellow Women,
This week a campaign was launched to ban the word “bossy”. This ridiculous campaign has the backing of various celebrities, politicians, as well as the First Lady; basically, all of the people that I don’t consult when I need an opinion about my vocabulary. Apparently, beneath the layers of our supposed lack of gender equality, a painful barrier was put in place to prohibit women from being strong, successful and confident. This campaign has been initiated to successfully turn a patch of flat land into a mountain. Not to be redundant, but put plainly, they are attempting to turn absolutely nothing into a sexist catastrophe.
The almost unmentionable act being perpetrated on women throughout the world has finally come to the attention of the elitists after years of blindness. Just kidding, it’s really just here in the United States, because in other countries women are more worried about being executed if their burka malfunctions, or being sentenced to a gang rape for doing what Hollywood does on a daily basis.
I digress…back to us:
Bitter? Yeah. They’re bitter. Why wouldn’t they be? Here they thought progress for their fake notion was being made, only to now find that the years of grueling attempts at beating their make believe equality war in to our tiny little female brains were but a pretend waste. In a deserted land of unfair circumstances, success was but a mirage. The shifting sands of society are mere breadcrumbs for the meatloaf women should be making instead of doing things like thinking, voting, or anything else that takes more brain cells than worrying about a word…. But alas, the open door to the future is but a partition in a limo, right, Beyonce?
There we were, forming our own opinions, when suddenly a word protruded through the thick walls of our confidence, throwing us back into the kitchen where we belong.
I was then forced to realize that at various times in my life I, in my deep depravity, had been bossy; however, this revelation brought with it another, the revelation that I didn’t care that I was told I was being bossy. Now, in an attempt to ban the wretched word, the true colors of “strong” women are coming out. The unmitigated weakness of our sex is presenting itself to the world, standing on the pitiful soapbox of feminist propaganda while proclaiming that our heads are full of such flawed grey matter that a mere five letter word has the power to hold us back.
So, I have a solution to this, clearly, disastrous and unprecedented issue. See below:
As women, weakened by the blow of a common euphemism for someone that takes charge, I’ve decided that we should give up. We should pack it in for a multitude of reasons, only a handful of which are listed below –
1. We’re stupid.
Clearly we’ve had enough of this personal opinion, hyperbolic individuality crap. Thinking for ourselves is difficult, it’s tiresome; quite honestly, it’s much easier to be told what to do and think. According to feminists, we need pretend cultural catastrophes to push our finely toned bum up the ladder anyway, why not just sit back and believe the lies in the mind numbing display of stupidity they expect us to? So, let’s get on that dance floor, listen to what Jennifer Lopez says, and lift our drinks in the air. Our small minds are better suited for the trivial things in life, like how did Lady Gaga come up with such a brilliant euphemism like “disco stick”, am I right? Or, are our bodies really too bootylicious for you? And, what dress did Jennifer Garner wear to the Oscars? It’s gorgeous, she’s gorgeous, and anyone that looks that good clearly has all the answers as to why I can’t get that promotion.
DISCLAIMER: I have absolutely no idea if Jennifer Garner even went to the Oscars, because I don’t watch them. And I don’t care. Not even a little. My care tank is on “E”. My celebrity care account is in the negative.
2. We’re really stupid.
We desperately need women like Lena Dunham to show us that sexual abuse is pretty funny, being a man’s plaything is our sole purpose in life, and that we need sexualized campaign commercials just to get us out of bed to vote. Oh, and she also teaches us that to further your career all you need to do is remove your clothing. We need words like “bossy” to be banned in order for us to make any improvement for our own sex, clearly our little minds can’t possibly tackle obstacles with the false implications of a word lingering overhead. Dictionaries around every corner, just waiting to fall on the floor and oppress us with dangerous adjectives, verbs that hope to seek out your managerial skills and destroy them. And clearly, since we didn’t realize the brutality of this wretched word before, how could we possibly read a graph correctly, or open an email? Are we even qualified to take the trash out? Let’s face it, with words like “bossy” being tossed around, I think we’re better off playing doctor than being a doctor, right?? Hollywood???
3. We are, without doubt, incredibly stupid. (WARNING: GRAPHIC LYRICS)
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jayz/bigpimpinextended.html <—– Because his wife is somehow our feminist ambassador.
4. We’re dangerously stupid. (WARNING: GRAPHIC LYRICS)
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beyonceknowles/yoncpartition.html <—– Because she is somehow our feminist ambassador.
5. Not to beat a dead horse, but we’re weapons grade stupid.
For many reasons, like the sheer fact that the elitists in Hollywood think that they can control the minds of women, the fact that we beg for more dependence on men while screaming about our equality, the fact that we worship those that encourage us to treat our bodies like meal tickets, or the fact that we are teaching little girls that a word like “bossy” has power over them. Acting like a word, used in the right context, is somehow bad for women is beyond ludicrous and insults our intelligence. Believing such hypocritical rubbish just proves my point.
I personally feel that if the original feminists could see us today, they would question our right to vote. So, shall we throw the towel in, Ladies? No? You want to be viewed as an individual with a functioning brain? Then do us ALL a favor and tell the #BanBossy crowd to throw their simple minded pathetic rhetoric off a cliff. Tell them to stop telling you what to think, you know, tell them to stop being bossy!
Sorry if I sounded “bossy” in this post.
Just kidding, I’m not sorry.
In closing, I am lacking in any photos that would go well with this post, so I’ve decided to post a picture of my dog dressed up like Sherlock Holmes. Because it’s adorable.
Once upon a time, an average woman made a controversial blog post and made everyone mad.
Well, it’s been over a month since the last blog entry, and that’s because I’ve been busy thinking of ways to revamp the site. But alas, here I am to spread my Super Bowl & Grammy Awards cheer to the world.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
There’s two camps (euphemism?) in the Christian world today, and while I adore following Facebook posts and Twitter debates that involve both camps, I feel the need to toss my hat into the ring today. But first, let’s look at the two schools of thought:
Camp 1: No, they’re not the Westboro Baptist Church, but their tongues are almost as sharp. (Don’t worry, I’m not suffering from a lack of self-awareness concerning my own Ninjatō that I’ll be wielding for this very blog post.) This camp knows exactly how warm the fire pits of hell are, and they’ll warn all sinners where they are headed if they continue on with their lifestyle. All that Gospel stuff is for the Pastor to preach, the stone tossing is for the neighbors.
“They told me I was going to burn in hell because they love me! Really, that’s why.” – No Unbeliever. Ever.
Camp 2: They have puppy kisses and rainbow confetti. I went there once, but after they braided my hair and made me wear flowers, corduroy, and a bohemian inspired velveteen skirt, I ran. This camp disagrees with any “judgmental” notions whatsoever. We are all sinners, so don’t judge, just love. Politics? Social issues? There’s only one answer: Love. And as for the actual definition of “judgmental”, it’s irrelevant.
DISCLAIMER: I’m going to hold both camps accountable in my comments below, if this offends you, grab your velveteen skirt, or your picket sign, and take the emergency exit known as the small “X” in the top right corner of your screen. Or stay and challenge my thoughts if you so desire, I welcome it.
“You know I don’t tweet much.. But Bruno Mars deserves one. What a singer and performer.” – Chris Tomlin
*Grabs popcorn, sits back, waits for verbal WWE match.*
Instantly Chris was called out for being OF the world and how evil *spoken in my Ork voice* his comment was, and then those that called him out were being labeled – branded – as “judgmental”, and told that we all need to learn how to love and be thankful for the gift of Bruno’s voice, silly zealots! It was like a bowl of self-righteous organic sunflower soup. With flax.
So let’s analyze the situation and see what the REAL issue was:
Bruno Mars has a beautiful voice, which I’ll agree with Camp 2, was given to him by God. AND he also has a hit song out right now with the lyrics, “You and me, baby, F****** like Gorillas.”… SO, Camp 1, you get 5 points for accuracy, with a 3 point deduction for delivery. What would the world look like if we approached issues like this from a logical stand point (which some did) instead of infusing it with empty emotional arguments that just make us all out to look like irrational spineless religious imps?
NOTE: There is a balance between standing for what you believe in, silence, and accountability. I am far from perfect, but we should all strive for that balance.
The interesting part about both the Old Testament AND the New Testament is that faith was made evident by actions, not words, in both. Ok, it’s not abundantly more interesting, it’s just a cold hard fact. So should we go along in agreement (also known as silence) with evil in the name of meeting people halfway, like many in Camp 2? No. Should we hatefully tell people that they are going to hell like many in Camp 1? No. Is it biblical to hold other Christians accountable for their actions in correlation with their proclaimed faith? YES! Is it biblical to openly disagree with the mainstream narrative while still loving those that agree with said narrative? YES!
This brings me to my issue for the day: Animal instincts.
Whether it be a study on the bite strength of an alligator vs. a crocodile, or the pecking order in a lion pride, my nephew will watch it if it involves exotic animals. In other news, due to his interest in said exotic animals, I now know too much about them as well; but, thankfully, remembering a few episodes actually helped me today in the break room when I attempted to assert my dominance and fight for the last cup of coffee.
And then I drank Tea.
I digress. One thing is always certain, those in the animal kingdom always go after the easiest food. Now that’s not to say that a lion would choose a rabbit when an antelope is on the menu, but if there are five antelopes, it’s going to seek out the weakest and annihilate it. Facts are, the lion is hungry, and it isn’t focused on the thrill of the kill, it’s focused on the need for nourishment. Even if that means taking one of the young! While watching wildlife shows, we find the idea of an adult lion ripping apart the flesh of an innocent and weak baby animal to be grotesque; but the facts are, that is their survivalist instincts working naturally. Because they’re animals.
So my question: Do Christians have a similar approach?
Today we live in a society that pushes sex from every level of entertainment. Not wholesome biblical sex; but objectifying, casual, consequence filled sex. It fuels an industry that annihilates the gift that God gave, and trivializes the worth of a human being. Women are sold like cattle in our own country, stripped bare of their dignity to the highest bidder with the strongest hand. Like animals. Sold to men who view women as nothing more than a tool for their pleasure; an empty, soulless existence, put on this earth for them to consume. Whether it’s in person, photo, or pornographic movie, men who involve themselves in the industry, or support it, all look at women the same.
It didn’t just “happen”. Yes, there has always been indecency, promiscuity, and abuse. But it is nothing compared to what we see today. A woman in Afghanistan was forced to marry her rapist. Another woman in a Middle Eastern country was gang raped as a court sentence. A child bride died after her violent wedding night. So many others taken to their streets to be tried as whores for being raped. In America, women are sold as sex slaves, probably in your very city. Could it be that the shock value has dissipated because men and women are indoctrinated on a daily basis to believe that women ARE objects?
But don’t worry, after you’re used as an object, you can get the results removed at your nearest Planned Parenthood. Why wouldn’t men support this? Objectification without consequence. Girls walk around their high school thinking that it is ok for them to be used with a level of approbation that for most teenage boys is equal to that of their IPod. Why? Because Katy Perry & Beyonce said so. Why? Because Akon wants to “tap that”, and so does Billy, and Billy “makes me feel special”. Why? Because they’ve been taught by the entertainment industry that what’s under their clothes is what gets you places, not what’s inside your mind. And as for the boys? Well…Those ladies on the XXX movie want them, and the girls in the photos want them, and the girls singing about wanting them want them. They’re all empty vessels of fun, why not the girls at school? Unrealistic expectation break down the family unit, the respect, and the plans that God had for us.
Sex Slavery? Yawn.
Destroyed marriages? Yawn.
Girls with eating disorders? Yawn.
Thousands of children aborted daily? Yawn. I’ll handle that with a bumper sticker.
Bruno Mars singing about F****** a stripper like a gorilla? Because that’s what the ladies are good for, right? Yawn.
Homosexuality? Get out your pitchforks, tar, and feathers. Us Christians are burdened with glorious purpose and will see this evil to its demise! (Yes. In my head I sounded like Loki.)
Yes. That’s the reality. Why? Because it’s the easiest target, and requires absolutely NO sacrifice on our part. We run our mouth about homosexual marriage, and then we feel good about the persecution because then we can post a quote on Facebook about how Jesus was persecuted first.
As for Chris Tomlin & Mercy Me giving their accolades to Bruno Mars, I didn’t throw a fit when they did it, but when Bart, the lead singer of Mercy Me, returned fire to those who disagreed with his praise, he actually used the words “I’m a huge fan of sex, so is my wife, and so is God…” Well then. Glorifying Bruno Mars, a contributor to the objectification of women, is totally cool. Is music not one of the difficult subjects that all Christians have to face? It guides our youth, manipulates our thought process, and has a power unknown to any other field of entertainment. And let’s be honest, Bart… When he was talking about sex taking him to paradise, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about sex between a husband and wife. So groove to the soulful tunes if you like, but making such a defensive post smells, well, like a guilty conscience.
In my above comments I’m not saying that I agree with homosexuality, or that it aligns with my faith…And I’m guessing that they don’t agree with my faith, and that my faith doesn’t align with their worldview. Well, I’ll be…People with differing opinions, stop the presses ol’chap, I think we’ve found an anomaly. I also have a friend that likes to drink. A lot. I don’t agree with the lifestyle, and she calls me a prude because I won’t go drinking with her, and then we go shopping and I continue to do my best to show her who Christ is living in me.
You see, standing up to an industry that is doing more damage to the sanctity of marriage is, well, hard work. Christian men who “dabble” and “innocently admire” the bikini clad model would have to face their proclivities. People would have to stop listening to some stuff, and watching some stuff; So, it proves to be the strong antelope and rather uncomfortable for the super edgy and world savvy Christian to stand up against. But those homosexuals who are lost sinners and don’t hold themselves accountable to our standards? Well, they’re the young, they’re the antelope with a weak leg that some in the Christian nation have decided to capture and devour for the sake of feeling faithful.
Bravo, Christians. Slow clap.
When you earn your living from a platform supportive of sexual purity, respect, and dedication to God’s word, be prepared to have people question your support of such artists. So we praised Christians for leaving the Grammy’s and those that turned off their TV during the “abomination at the end”, but yet saying anything to a Christian star that should be held to a higher standard about their, possibly unintentional, approval of Bruno Mars is somehow off limits? Because look, he can do the splits and has a good voice… Don’t we realize that those at the Grammy’s wouldn’t have such a platform if we didn’t give it to them in the first place? But Bruno’s voice was “God given”. Yep, and a woman’s body is God given, that doesn’t mean Bruno Mars should objectify it through his music.
So to the hypocrites like myself, maybe we should go through our ITunes library again, maybe we should sacrifice a show that clearly doesn’t show women that they are treasured. Maybe we should find a medium between thinking that “Mercy Me & Chris Tomlin did nothing wrong” and “Mercy Me & Chris Tomlin are evil sinners”. Maybe we should not only love more, but love and respect human beings through our actions. Turning off that song, turning off that show, they are acts of love. Love for the women bound by the chains of objectification, love for the generations of kids that shouldn’t think any of this is acceptable. Love the celebrities, love the homosexuals, love the listeners, love the viewers…That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act against the narrative by supporting those that support your values, and not supporting those that don’t.
Thanks for reading. – Mb
A few months ago I wrote a blog post concerning the equality of women and the dramatic kick off the pedestal the feminist movement has brought upon women. Since I’m no stranger to controversial topics, I’ve decided to expand on a recently escalated arm of this topic. It’s been a while since our last post, why not dive into the controversial deep end and get this year started off right.
I love a good debate, in the last few days I’ve had some interesting debates both on Twitter and Facebook concerning women in combat. I have found that the majority of the left love the G.I. Jane mentality of women on the frontlines. But I have also found some on the right that feel women are just as capable, that a volunteer army provides the gift of choice for the men who would not choose to fight beside a woman. Also, that a woman is given the same choice and willingly puts herself in danger.
Is it sexist to say that you would not want to stand behind a woman with a gun?
Is it feminist to say that you are just as capable of fighting with the guys?
Is it heroic for a woman to join in the battle?
First I want to bring up a few twitter posts from our ladies
embarrassing serving our nation:
Nancy Pelosi: “Lifting the ban on combat is a significant step forward for equality. Women will now be able to reach the highest ranks in the military.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ““Valor knows no gender.” Another historic step in the march toward full equality.”
In my post entitled “Women, a National Treasure”, I talk about my issue with so called “equality”…I referenced a quote from Ravi Zacharias talking about how God commanded men to love women as He loves the church, Ravi goes on to say that in doing so, God called for men to love women as He has loved humanity.
So to my point: When the feminists preach on equality, they are not talking about pulling you up from the lowly levels of the supposed barefoot and pregnant doormat, they are talking about pulling you down from the pedestals of treasured entities worthy of the utmost respect and protection. Debbie and Nancy should just come out with a blanket statement of “Thank goodness we’ve gained ground in our fight to stop men from holding us in such high regard that they won’t let us die in the barbaric conditions of battle.”
What torture would a female POW face that a male POW wouldn’t? Do you honestly think that a demented, vicious and brutal enemy would treat you both the same? Would a woman’s “benefits” not bring on a prolonged level of torture to a morally depraved regime that already finds women to be below the level of dogs? What honorable man would feel heroic allowing a woman into situations where she will possibly face those conditions, regardless of her willingness or her capabilities with a gun?
The social changes deemed as “appropriate” have only served to lower our level of human dignity. We assign a level of deserved degradation to countries that have the audacity and cowardice to place their armed women and children as shields…To treat them as a disposable entity unworthy of the utmost protection is seen as one of the lowest levels of masculinity known to man. My confusion then begins when our military places women on the frontlines, why does our position change to labeling this as a step towards equality?
Equality, thy name is Hypocrite.
Let’s give another example of this: Say your daughter is getting ready to walk to work at 1am, she will be walking in dead of night with the possibility of shady characters lurking in dark shadows looking for opportunities. (This is where most Fathers would figure out a safer option…but let’s roll with this…) Would you REALLY feel like a man sending your wife to walk your daughter to work? I. Don’t. Think. So. If you didn’t deem yourself a coward, you would surely be a delusional coward.
Is chivalry completely dead?
I am happy to report that no, it is not. I posed the question on twitter and received DM’s as well as replies that men feel as though this is an easy answer. The majority of the replies came from men who were familiar with combat, they were veterans, men currently serving..etc…Some were non military men that just knew what concerns they would have if on the battlefield with a woman. It was heartwarming. All gave a “nay”, women do not belong in combat. I did not receive ONE response on twitter from men (other than from liberals) saying that women should be placed in combat. While some women would yell “SEXIST”, I offer my sincerest thank you for seeing women as too precious to put through the hell that some of them have faced, or the hell they know exists. This feeds into my next position on why women being in combat is such a poor idea.
Since chivalry is NOT dead, honorable and brave men automatically have a sense of responsibility toward women. It’s not a prejudice. So what OTHER dangers are there?
SIDE NOTE: Women have only 60 percent of the physical strength of men, on average. Honestly, I am one of the women that are probably WELL below that, I don’t mind the prejudice.
If men have this automatic sense of protection and responsibility toward women, why do we think that adding another distraction to the battlefield is a good idea? How many lives will be lost because the men are trying to fight AND protect the women? How many men and women will face emotional damage beyond the normal amount battle already creates? For a man to see a woman, someone he is wired to protect, in hygienically depraved circumstances and emotionally damaging situations comes with its consequences.
This is not equality. This is not bravery. This is not biblical. This is not safe.
I’ve heard many stories, many testimonies from women who have served tours. I’m proud of our military women, but as a woman, if I wanted to throw myself on the frontlines for my country in an act of bravery and protection of my family, I would have to stop and realize that my choices could be putting others in danger, and could also lower the morale of men who have so bravely sacrificed so much for me already. The strengths of a woman are not measured by the vast amount of things they can do that are “better or equal to a man”. The strengths of a man are not measured by the amount of people he can kill or the awards decorating his chest. The measure of who we are is judged by our motives … If your motives stem from a dedication to your family and a love for the US, that’s heroic…If that’s the case, ladies, THINK of the implications that your presence will have on your fellow soldiers and their ability to fight and protect your family.
Is it so bad to accept our limitations and flourish in our abilities? Call me old fashioned, but I find that the roles of women have strayed so far away from any position of being deemed “treasured”. I won’t go into detail on that since I already did in my prior post. There are differences between men and women (besides the obvious), emotionally, physically, and mentally. You may not like the truth, but the truth cares not if you like it, nor believe it. In Israel the women fight, not because the government wishes that upon women, but because they are constantly under threat or attack and NEED the help. BUT, the women are treated VERY different from the men. They serve half as long, and they are automatically exempt if they marry or have children.
The natural reactions and inherent responsibilities of men with a conscience will always be there. It is society that teaches the man that his natural response is selfish and sexist. It is society that teaches the woman that raising a family is not beautiful or heroic. It is society that tells a woman that being treasured is degrading, that being protected is oppressive, that being cherished is inequality.
It is evil that teaches a man to abandon his natural God given responsibility to protect and love women. It is evil that teaches a man to stand behind her while she is shattered with bullets. THAT is why good men will always feel the need to protect women, even if the women are willingly putting themselves in danger. That is why brave battlefield ready women will cost lives. The best way to make the monster of chivalry decimation grow, is to feed it. Put women in vulnerable positions, in torturous conditions, in the hands of barbaric men…Then teach men to treat them as they would fellow male soldiers, that is giving the “monster” a buffet.
Lt. Commander Kenneth Carkhuff was relieved of his duties after being promoted for his “unlimited potential”, He was “destined for command and beyond”. Why was such a decorated and honorable man relieved of his duties? He was relieved of his duties because he expressed to his commanders that his Faith was colliding with his orders to lead women into combat. So instead of doing what other countries have done after the morale of soldiers left them compromised once women were introduced to combat, which is remove women from combat, we in America have chosen to force men to abandon their decency, or their careers. Young men everywhere want to be heroes, and like Lt. Commander Carkhuff, they also would take a bullet before letting a woman come into danger, or avoid the career all together.
When will we stop letting feminist desensitize our men, and start demanding the respect that is God given. Jesus went out of his way; he did things deemed as shameful, brave, and startling just to show the woman at the well how precious she was to Him. He commanded men to love women as He has loved humanity. I don’t know about you, but that kind of love seems beyond equal, beyond beautiful, and beyond fair to me.