Anti-feminist Caitlin Flanagan writes in the New York Times about what she would do if her teenage daughter became pregnant out of wedlock. The column is inspired by the movie “Juno” (which produced 3 Golden Globe nominations), and here are some of Flanagan’s observations:
“The bitterly unfair truth of sexuality: female desire can bring with it a form of punishment no man can begin to imagine, and so it is one appetite women and girls must always regard with caution.”
On the surface, this is an entirely secular analysis. When God’s intention for sexuality is removed from the equation, sexuality itself is downgraded to an “appetite” which might be enjoyed without inhibition but for the stubborn biological fact that sex sometimes results in offspring. I would suggest that there is much more to the “truth of sexuality” than appears here.
Flanagan goes on:
“We, too, have a deep commitment to girls, and ours centers not on protecting their chastity, but on supporting their ability to compete with boys, to be free â€” perhaps for the first time in history â€” from the restraints that kept women from achieving on the same level. Now we have to ask ourselves this question: Does the full enfranchisement of girls depend on their being sexually liberated? And if it does, can we somehow change or diminish among the very young the trauma of pregnancy, the occasional result of even safe sex?”
Flanagan is correct in her description of modern, western society’s “commitment to girls.” It has increasingly been informed by feminist propaganda which has somehow made female sexual libertinism a mark of gender equality.
Feminist error on this point is matched by its attitude towards pregnancy. Pregnancy is something that “happens” to a woman. The condition is depersonalized to the point that pregnancy itself can be described with reference only to the inconvenience on the mother’s part and not in terms of the humanity of the baby in her womb. Thus pregnancy becomes a “punishment” or a “trauma” in many situations, and the humanity of the unborn once again gets really short schrift.
For those who think that Feminism is only about “equality,” think again. It is a worldview that among other things distorts human sexuality and diminishes the humanity of the unborn. It is totally at odds with what the Bible teaches about such things (e.g., Gen 1:28; 2:24; Ps 127:3-5). Is there any question about modern ideological feminism’s incompatibility with a Christian worldview? I think not.
I think that this article shows that merely opposing the errors of Feminism will not end the culture’s error on matters related to sex. Christianity calls us to so much more than that. It calls us to understand and to set before the world a positive case for biblical manhood and womanhood. Where this case is absent, so is the better part of wisdom.
Interview with Caitlin Flanagan: