Wow! The Women’s Retreat was awesome! I had looked forward to it so much, and it was even better than I had imagined!
Our speaker was Carolyn McCulley. She has a blog, which can be found here. Our conference was based on her new book, Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, which is being released on October 1st! (I can’t wait to get a copy)!
I would like to share a little of what she taught us at the conference. Our 3 main topics were a brief history of feminism, the importance of home, and the Mommy Wars. I was so thankful to learn from her and all of her God-given wisdom, and research. One thing I learned is that it is so important and helpful for us as women to truly know the history of feminism and the affect it has on our culture today. How grateful I am that Carolyn did all of this amazing research so I don’t have to! I can just sit and learn from her and read her book and gain great wisdon from the Lord through her!
I will be splitting these topics up into 3 separate posts…otherwise, it might get a little too long!
(NOTE: I am going to asterik some of the words I use in order to hopefully avoid bringing undesired guests to the post if you know what I mean!)
In our first session she discussed the history of feminism and it’s 3 waves. First-wave feminism (women’s suffrage) 1848-1920, 2nd wave (women’s liberation) 1963-1983, and 3rd wave (girl power & the raunch culture) mid-90’s to present. She discussed how feminism is not the fault of only men or only women, but both are at fault. Men for not being the leaders of their families that they should have been, and women taking this movement to the extreme. She also recognized that feminism wasn’t all bad. There were some great things that came out of the movement, like the right to vote, and equal rights in the workplace. But as we know it did much more damage to our culture, than good. In the first wave of feminism the issues focused on were coverture and suffrage. From it’s beginning feminism was all about men being the enemy. In the second wave we had women’s liberation and equality with men. Through this came birth control and abortion legalization. Carolyn stated, “there was a brief, shining moment when Christian’s and feminists were allied against p**nography.” Feminists because it was degrading to women, Christians because it is sin. That was back in the 60’s and look where we are today! The third wave of feminism and the rise of the raunch culture (today) has yielded g*y, l**bian, bis**ual and transg**dered issues; a p**n-positive feminism, g*y marriage and the obliteration of the family.
She then discussed what true wisdom is, and God’s will for our relationships.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18 ESV
And now I will leave you with her closing quote for this session, a quote by John Ensor in Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart:
“In matters of the heart, it is right that men should lead and women welcome and guide that leadership. She is his helpmate (Genesis 2:18). Her goal is to give her man all the help he needs to lead well. His goal is to humbly accept the responsibility to lead and not to run from it or wield it like a club. The guidance that she provides him comes mainly in two forms: in helping him think clearly and in encouraging him to act confidently. What comes from this is a shared victory. If it proves a mistake, it is borne together. Either way, what is fostered is true unity of spirit which is the heart of the matter, where the two become one. We have to work at it, but if we do, true unity is fostered and preserved in the complementary exchange of male leadership and female guidance.”
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, from an excellent source, be sure to get a copy of Carolyn’s new book, Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World. It is a must read for every woman to further explore this topic!