I’ve long been an advocate for women being women. Femininity. I’ve never liked the attitude that says, “Anything a man can do, I can do and probably better.” To me, that’s always been beside the point. The reverse is true too but you don’t see men planting their identity on it.
I know, I know… women were oppressed for centuries so we must raise awareness of our worth to the world or we’ll be kept in our “place” without any kind of recogition of us as people. Hogwash.
I read a book years ago, called Letters of a Woman Homesteader. As most of those books about people in the last couple of centuries, it had a lot of wisdom to impart but one sentence has stuck so fixedly in my mind that I think I still quote it verbatim though I only read the book once.
“There were two things my mama said you never had to brag about: your blue blood and your religion, because if you had even a little of either of them, it was bound to show.”
I think the same could be said about women and their abilities. Rather than crying our declarations of ability, why not just do it and let our actions speak for us? I’ve heard they’re louder than words anyway. These are thoughts I’ve mulled in my mind for years. Oh, I’ve tried to embrace the current trend that defines femininity by hobbies, clothing styles, or housekeeping abilities but I could never truly grasp why it is more feminine to embroider than to build beautiful furniture. No one calls a man who is no mechanically inclined “unmasculine”. No one assumes immediate effemininity if a man likes to cook. Why try to embrace the thoughts that say the reverse? Do we really have to swing that pendulum from one ridiculous assertion (women should act like men to show their worth) to another one (women should stick to Victorian pasttimes to show their worth)?
So, imagine my delight and surprise when I found a book that says all I’ve thought and wondered and much better than I ever could. I think I’m going to do a series of blogs on this book but for now, the book is,
Are Women Human? by Dorothy L. Sayers
Now, before anyone gets up in arms, this is not a “Christian Feminist” book. She made one or two statements that were, in my opinion, contrary to scripture but I intend to reread them closer in order to see if in context, they mean differently than they appeared to. And, contrary to one assertion I found on the web, Dorothy L. Sayers is NOT a “Christian Humanist.” Even while ignoring that such an assertion is an oxymoron (there is no such thing as a “Christian Humanist”) she does not advocate any kind of humanistic philosophy in the least. She advocates looking at people as God made them, not as society wants to classify them and the way she does it, I hope, will amuse you in the coming days.