Thursday, March 17, 2011
Book Talk Thursday
Today we will be reviewing the last part of -Chapter 3: "Womanly Dominion Deceitfully Assaulted". I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this :)
I am continuing in chapter three this week. Satan wants us to leave our dominion mindset and take on a victimization mindset. Isn't that common in our society today? So many fall into the victim mantality. Mr. Chanski goes on to list four contemporary lies. Last week we reviewed the first. Today we will be reviewing the fourth.
4. You’re a Maternal Victim
Mark Chanski writes "Here's a final hiss: "I know God's called you to give yourself to childbearing and nurturing, but that old patriarchalism degrades and belittles women. Surely this is just another example of your getting the short-end-of-the-stick. Who can blame you for seeking self-affirmation in a personally fulfilling career? Look! It's good for the ego, a delight for the eyes, and desirable to make you wise. You go, girl! Get out there and score for yourself."
He writes about Linda Hirshman, author of "Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World". She, a law professor who is a mother herself says that women who choose their children over an independent career life are simply wrong. She says "I think one could argue that these women are letting down the team". She is not alone in her thinking. There are women who drop their young children off at daycare each morning so that they can "not waste their education on wiping noses and bottoms all day".
"Many eyes are opening to the fact that the unbiblical feminist mantra of careerism is a primary source of much female denigration today. Hirshman-style feminism has actually deflowered and violated the very women it claimed to defend and protect. It has trampled their beautiful and God-endowed femininity and imposed in its place a macho perversion." "In presently growing numbers, educated women are concluding that true, lasting fulfillment is not found in shuffling papers or downloading emails in an office building, but in nurturing their own children in their own homes" (Chanski, page 59).
While I am not saying that it is wrong for a woman to ever work, I do agree with Mr. Chanski. It is so easy to listen to the lies and believe that a woman is not using her potential by just being at home with her children. I have been on both sides and I can say that there is no greater calling than being a wife and mother. There is no better place for me to use my talents and gifts then at home with my children. When I was a schoolteacher one of my favorite sayings was "To teach is to touch a life forever". It is true. A mother is the greatest teacher a child can have!