The modern feminist movement has long peddled the lie that women, instead of being born with inherent dignity and value, must instead fight for these goods. Today, little girls grow up learning about the long train of abuses their sex has endured throughout history. And in all honesty, there have been many. But to draw the conclusion from these past instances that women must reject their very nature and virtue to correct these wrongs is equally lamentable. And yet, that is exactly what the modern feminist movement does.
In her work, “The Privilege of Being a Woman,” philosopher and theologian Alice von Hildebrand writes that “feminists are women’s greatest enemy.”
“Unwittingly, the feminists acknowledge the superiority of the male sex by wishing to become like men,” she notes.
The truth of Hildebrand’s observations is ubiquitous today in the mainstream media, Hollywood, and on university campuses.
On Valentine’s Day, the British tabloid Metro published a piece titled, “If he asks your dad before he asks you, you shouldn’t be marrying him.”
“The tradition of asking a woman’s father for her hand in marriage goes back to the idea that a woman is owned by her father until she is owned by her husband,” the writer Rebecca Reid argues.
The entire post screams dejected man-hater. Does Reid truly believe that most men engaging in this custom believe they are performing some sort of real estate transaction?
Ideally, a woman’s father is the one man who knows and appreciates her more than any other man. He has been her provider and protector for the majority of her life; it’s only right for him to have a say in who is worthy of his daughter. But modern feminism would rule that women aren’t precious enough to warrant such care.
Given the feminist movement’s supposed opposition to the objectification of women, it's somewhat surprising that women are often fed the message that their value is entirely defined by their career and professional “success.” Take this recent video from media group ATTN:.
Successful women are the backbone of any good relationship.
Posted by ATTN: on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The video claims that men are more attracted to entrepreneurs, CEOs, and women who make more money than them in general. Noticeably absent, however, are any depictions of mothers. Apparently, bringing new life into the world and raising good citizens doesn’t fit within ATTN:’s definition of “success.” The message conveyed is that women are numbers before they are people.
The tragic irony of feminist initiatives like the Women’s March on Washington, the upcoming “Day Without A Woman,” and the various “gender equality” propaganda campaigns is that they assume female dignity is something to be achieved. In reality, our dignity is not obtained through marching or knitting ridiculous hats; it’s much more permanent, immutable, and precious than that.
Warning: Feminist Absurdity Ahead | Women's March on Washington
Lady Parts, NOT Lady Smarts ... THIS is the *real* Women's March on Washington ==>
Posted by Conservative Review on Saturday, January 21, 2017
Since the dawn of Second Wave feminism, feminist icons like Betty Friedan, Simone de Beauvoir, and Gloria Steinem have suggested that to be truly “free,” women must leave the “oppressive” cell that is the home and family life. As a result, motherhood — an invaluable vocation and privilege unique to the female sex — has been cast aside as another undesirable symbol of female bondage.
Alice von Hildebrand offers a much more robust view of the privilege that is motherhood. She discusses the “special role granted to women in procreation” — the fact that God forms a new soul within a woman’s body, stamping her with “His Holy Seal.” Even for the non-religious, the unique privilege of harboring another living being cannot be ignored. Still, feminists ignore it.
In response to the unfeminine feminist movement, conservative radio host Shannon Joy recently tweeted the famous William Ross Wallace poem, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the Hand That Rules the World,” a beautiful homage to the power, dignity, and importance of motherhood.
“MUST women become MEN to be equal?” Joy asked.
MUST women become MEN in order to be equal? MUST they deny their inherent femininity?
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Rules The World ----> pic.twitter.com/KzxDVZWuS7
— ShannonJoy (@ShannonJoyRadio) February 21, 2017
But despite its great importance, women do not even derive their dignity from motherhood. To assert as much would be to make the same mistake as the feminist movement. Though motherhood is one of the many privileges granted to the female sex, female dignity runs deeper still.
Feminists do their fellow women a disservice by narrowly defining “woman” as one who is financially “successful” and “free” from any obligations to others — especially men, and even their own children. Because female dignity — and human dignity in general — is inherent, it cannot be conferred or revoked based on what a woman “achieves” in her lifetime. She doesn’t have to “do” anything to prove her worth.
The fury of the modern feminist movement is proof that this unimaginative view of femininity only leads to despair. If only these women knew that they are of inestimable value, and that the battle has already been won.
Editor's note: The title of this piece was amended after publishing.
Carly Hoilman is a Correspondent for Conservative Review. You can follow her on Twitter @CarlyHoilman.