Wide-Eyes on Feminism at World Congress of Families

Embedded image permalinkOne of the breakout sessions at the World Congress of Families XI, opened my eyes about feminism. Entitled “The Beneficial and Harmful Influences of Feminism”, it threw me some punches. Because feminism is multi-faceted, it was important to clarify that feminism, defined as women speaking up and speaking out for the right to vote and to have equal opportunity, was not going to be the discussion. While these are beneficial influences that have benefited and changed the world and certainly the lifestyle of many women, the discussion would focus mainly on the harm “radical feminism” has done against women.

 

gayle ruzickaGail Ruzicka, who came from Utah’s Chapter of Eagle Forum, centered her thoughts on Feminine vs. Feminism. Feminists draw upon the acceptable idea that we must fight for strong women and their opportunity to speak up for themselves, but in actuality, they have a political agenda to change laws and traditional moral standards.

Feminists want to remove everything that represents our male counterparts, but “Feminine,” is the Biblical definition of a true woman.

Married just two weeks ago, Chelsen Vicari, from the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Chelsen Vicarispoke on the impact of radical feminism for Millennials. A Millennial herself, she explained how she hated that her mother had made the choice to stay home and raise children, seeing that as weak and compliant. She felt her mother had sacrificed her dreams for the unbalanced value of a family. What she learned later was that her mother’s dream was motherhood and staying home to raise children. Further, she realized that radical feminism denies the choice a woman should be able to make to stay home for the family. Radical feminists assume that every woman wants a career, or doesn’t want to be stuck at home raising children, essentially removing any choice a woman might have to choose motherhood.

babette FrancisWhen the Eagle Forum was being formed by Phyllis Schlafly, Babette Francis decided to start her own sister organization in Australia called Endeavor Forum. She spoke on the “vanishing woman.” More female babies are aborted throughout the world because more value is placed on the male. The irony is that feminists, who encourage abortions, are killing off their own gender.

It has also been publicized that instead of having male and female genders, there are now 58 different genders. One man in the UK wants to transgender Ted_Richards_with__3474168bhimself into a parrot, and has taken surgical steps toward this goal.

When the ERA movement fought for rights, there were enough women around who wanted to (1) stay feminine, (2) choose to stay home if they wanted, and (3) value their own God-given gender. Because of them the Amendment didn’t pass. Unfortunately, the voices have grown stronger through time and those changes, once demanded within the proposed Amendment, have come to pass anyway.

What we need now are voices that will speak up against a fast-moving, androgynous world. We need mothers and fathers who recognize their vital role— as defined by their gender—to provide a firm foundation of high moral value. In particular, we need fathers to step to the plate and not disappear on a whim. We need women who will hold onto their precious virtue until the timing is right to marry first then provide a traditional home of security, love, and consistent training. Finally, we need to support one another’s choices by helping, serving, and not judging.

An African woman in the session raised her hand and shared what many African nations are doing for their women. As matriarchal tribes are common, they are teaching about “soft power” where these women rule with love and common sense, and understand that their divine place is in the raising of their children.

Ultimately, we need to be aware and become educated and learn what you can do to choose womanhood, motherhood, and family.

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Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

One thought on “Wide-Eyes on Feminism at World Congress of Families

  1. Marlene

    What a wonderful article! Well all of them, really, that I’ve read so far. I immediately lock on to the phrases that make me say, “Oh yeah! I’m gonna use that!” So, although I will give you due acknowledgment, prepare to be quoted. 🙂

    I was delighted to get reacquainted with you at the WCF and then to discover you again at this site and LDS Women of God! Well, it has made me feel strong and connected. Does that make sense? I hope so. It’s a powerful sense of gratitude and pride that fills me when I know that I am in the company of such women – faithful, courageous, and willing to work. I am trying to be one of them. Finding groups such as these that I can associate with to promote and protect our religious liberties, the sanctity of family, and the importance of our unique and God-given roles as women, has been a God-send to me.

    Thank you for your good work. It’s makes a difference.

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