Yesterday I listened to Adventurous Femininity by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin. I’m always so impressed with these 2 young ladies. They never fail to stretch my mind in new directions, and this message was no different.
Description from the Vision Forum website:
Which activity is more feminine: embroidering a pin cushion or digging up ancient artifacts in a foreign land? The answer may surprise you. In this practical message from Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin, femininity is examined in terms of how a young woman can fulfill her unique calling within her family—not by defining which adventures and activities girls “can” or “can’t” enjoy. The exhortation to young women is clear: Do not pursue a brand of femininity that is so obsessed with its own girliness that you can’t get your hands dirty with real service for Christ.
My favorite bit:
We need to be very careful that we don’t pursue a brand of femininity that is so obsessed with its own girliness that it can’t get its hands dirty with real dominion…This attitude defeats femininity’s real created purpose and it’s a lot closer to feminism…
There’s a lot more to [feminism] than a desire to dress up in pin-striped power suits and do man’s work. Essentially, feminism is the desire to be autonomous. It’s the desire to be independent from a man and out from under his authority, and this is a tendency that even the girliest girl wearing the frilliest apron and making the wholesomest muffins can have. If muffin making becomes a girl’s priority over serving her father in more urgent or useful ways just because she really, really likes to make muffins, then her motive is really no different from the feminists. It’s selfish at its heart.
Doesn’t it make perfect sense? I had an inkling of this, but had never been able to clearly formulate the thought. I knew that feminism was alive and well among thrifty, conservative SAHMs, and this is why. Many of us have lost our focus – or allowed it to become blurred because we are not self-conscious about the why’s and wherefore’s of what we are doing.by