Does the empowerment of women inevitably divest men of their power?
Polarization and misconceptions among conservatives are two of the biggest barriers against conversation and progress in the women's autonomy debate.
Pictured left, five authorities are listed. These are part of an "Authority Crisis" PowerPoint created by the late, and highly esteemed, Chuck Missler. Two are legitimate. One is often questionable. And two have no business being included in the list at all...because they are usurpers of autonomy--false authorities. This article deals with only one item in the list, the second. The so-called "marital authority" and will address some misconceptions concerning the issue of marital authority as it relates to female autonomy.
When discussing or implementing equality of the sexes, it is female autonomy that is the elephant in the room, the crux of the whole matter.
- You cannot support autonomy of the sexes and be conservative
- Egalitarian couples all consist of masculine women and effeminate men
- All who support autonomy of the sexes support abortion
- There are no stay-at-home-moms among egalitarian couples
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One conservative male, a political activist with a large following, announced that he will be a featured speaker at a conference focused on empowering women. To say his followers were "triggered," is putting it lightly. Their responses ranged from thanking him and wishing him well (a few), to lecturing him on his poor choice of causes (most), to downright abuse, with some declaring they were unfollowing him.
The flurry of declarations, lectures, accusations, and abuse stemming from one simple statement reveal just how polarized Christians and conservatives are on the subject of women's autonomy. Their positions were one extreme or the other, either for or against. Almost none were ambivalent or even willing to talk about it. None were successful in initiating any kind of productive dialogue on the subject.
What a shame, that in the year 2020, Christians are still debating as whether grown women, especially married women, should be autonomous adults. Make no mistake about it. The debate indeed rages. Only it's more like a one-sided lecture by leadership figures within the Christian community. Most everyone else simply parrots their easily spouted mantras and slogans, designed to stifle any productive conversation or debate.
Following are a few comments from anonymous men who feel that women need no empowerment, nor do they need the right to vote:
- "Empowering women? Why do they need empowered?"
- "What do you think of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Has it been a net positive to the USA, or has it been a catalyst for launching radical feminist attacks on American values, the nuclear family, open borders, etc?"