“I Am Woman Hear Me Roar”-The Feminist’s Battlecry

Not long ago I taught a woman’s Bible study on the topic of Deception and Discernment and wanted to share a bit of that with you:

One of the most infamous and well-known quotes of the century for woman:
“I am woman, hear me roar!”

The world has colorfully painted a picture of what women should look like in today’s world. Images are splashed upon the trendy magazines with pictures of women in suits, holding briefcases in heels, dropping off their wee ones to daycare before the stop off at Starbucks for their daily hit of java. Celebrity magazines have their starlets portrayed as loud, scantily clad seductresses with instructional articles encouraging us how to dress and be like them–and who can ignore the mommy magazines that are shouting from the rooftops about how we can ‘have it all’.

But I am here to share with you that this is not true. It is lies. It is deception. It has taken me a life time to unlearn these very messages that have bombarded me as women since day one. Happiness and true success is not found in those pursuits, but only found in Christ alone.  Instead of living up to this mentality of the “I am woman, hear me roar” generation,  the Christian woman needs to live exactly the opposite. In fact, what she needs to be living out is this:

“I am the Lords, and I come in meekness to exalt Him.”

We cannot allow television to set the standard for us. Nor media, or culture or the feminist movement. Have you thought about what is making you discontent lately? There is probably a lie somewhere lurking deep inside. A lie we learned from the world  that we are believing blindly and all the while tearing down our precious homes in the process.
But we need to be sober because the days are evil. We are called to be sober-minded in Titus 2. We are to build up our homes and we can do that with proper, right thinking. Phillipians 4:8 reminds us…”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Women are more easily deceived, so we must be on our guard. The first woman targeted in the Bible was Eve and that is still happening today. We are Eve’s daughters, but we must not allow Satan to continue his lies with this generation because we have learned our lesson.

There are many broken homes and relationships left in the aftermath of those lies today,
but with God we can restore the ruins and build on it the firm foundation
that is not rooted in false worldly philosophies
but from TRUTH found through Jesus Christ alone.

9 thoughts on ““I Am Woman Hear Me Roar”-The Feminist’s Battlecry

  1. Great post! Growing up in a non-christian home, where my mother was very much a career woman, I also have had to “unlearn” these very things. As a teen I honestly bought into the lie that women who stayed at home were somehow “inferior” to working women, and must sit at home all day so they can watch TV and eat bon-bons!

    Just recently I met a young woman who thought it a terrible waste of time to be home with children, and especially to be homeschooling. And certainly, these poor children must be missing out on real opportunity!

    Funny that you wrote this post as I, too, wrote a post on my blog, Oil of His Grace, a couple weeks ago quoting this very same womens’ battlecry. I talked about the feminist viewpoint of men, and in particular husbands, in contrast to women who respect their husbands – those of a gentle and quiet spirit. You may read the post at: http://oilofhisgrace.blogspot.com/2010/10/wise-woman-builds-her-house.html


  2. “Women are more easily deceived, so we must be on our guard. ” Really? I don’t remember reading that in the Bible.

    I certainly think that we need to allow the Bible to set our standard of personal bahavior and not the world. And I certainly think that the images that we see of women in our media are not based on a Biblical ideal. But to say that a woman is more easily deceived just because she is a woman? I am not so sure about that. Do you have scripture to back that up?


    1. “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Timothy 2:12-14). It’s also important to note that Adam sinned knowingly–Satan didn’t deceive him. So this passage isn’t saying, “Man=superior; woman=inferior.” However, it is showing that woman is more prone to deception and therefore isn’t to teach or hold authority over men in the church. The “more easily deceived” deal also holds true in regular, everyday life, as there are thousands of “street smart” courses for women to prevent them from being kidnapped or raped or worse–but none for men (other than basic self-defense). I remember taking one of these as a teenager, and the instructor (a woman) said that women are victimized far more often than men because they tend to believe what an attacker tells them (your tire is flat; you dropped something; your friend sent me to meet you; etc.). We obviously do not have to continue being gullible and can cultivate a good, discriminating mind for situations like this, but the fact remains that we are more susceptible to deceit. Men have their own weaknesses, and Scripture deals with them, too. They don’t get off the hook for those. 😉


  3. Great post. Jenny me and my husband are dealing with the women teaching men verse right now. Our Pastor is coming to talk to us about this today. There is a Beth Moore bible study that men are attending and they think it is fine. Am I crazy or is this really not right? We asked the Pastor before we started going there did he think it ok for women to teach men and he told us no. He also said his wife was just a facilitator of the sunday school class. Look I really struggled with that verse too but thanks be to God I didn’t change the text but God changed me. But what do I do if he comes to us with well it means this in the greek? Our concern is what other things in the Bible will be changed because of one word? WE have so… many other beauitful things God has told us to do and we CAN use our talents He has given us just in the way HE wants us too. Ughh…. Pray that when the Pastor comes that I will be self controled and peaceful and let my husband handle this. I am just heartbroken over the brothers in there that will just follow right on with this :0(


  4. Right now, I’m reading a book Title The Feministe Mistake. This and many of the other posts I’ve read has greatly educated me and renewed mind of the lies I’ve been taught. Growing up as an African American young lady in the 1980’s and 90’s have made me realize I was indoctrinated. I’ve believed the lie of the sexual revolution, ended up having an abortion and two babies out of wedlock all before the age of 18. I believed the lie “that ain’t no man going to take care of me” so I thrust my two daughters into Government funded daycare, so I may receive the training to become an executive secretary for the State. I almost past the lie on to my daughters , until I read Titus 2:3-5 again asking God what should I teach these two daughters He so graciously blessed me with. I realized in 2000 I must train them according to His words. God did bring a godly man, so I can live out Titus2:3-5 completely. My husband has adopted my daughters has his own. They call him Daddy and love him so dearly. They know how blessed beyond measure to have him as their real Daddy. Yes, I started believing the truth and I’m a joyfuly helpmeet suitable for my husband and a loving mother.


  5. I think that Mrs. J.F. has a lot to say about the many excesses of the feminist movement and the false messages that the mass media (including the Internet) has to say about what true womanhood is. And I also agree that a woman’s true identity is found in Christ (as well is a man’s for that matter), and that a woman can’t have it all … at least not at the same time.

    And I agree that some of the excesses are pretty awful — women encouraging men to see them as sex objects to much greater an extent than in the Playboy days, a great rise in abortion, excessive careerism (but IMHO this isn’t exclusive to women). Without going into excruciating detail, I do also think it was also helpful to both women and men to some extent. For example, we generally have equal pay for equal work, regardless of the sex of the employee — would we have had that if women hadn’t pushed for it? Most medical research applicable to men and women usually used male subjects; I believe it was only after there were enough female physicians to realize that physical differences between the sexes meant that a lot of this research might not apply to women. And I remember being married and working outside the home in the late 70’s/early 80’s and bills that my husband and I paid jointly went on his credit record, but not mine.

    However, I do submit to my husband, for example, but in 24.5 years of marriage, I can probably count on the fingers of both hands (or maybe even one hand) the times we could not agree on a major issue. In general, he is not willing to go ahead on something important until we agree, unless a decision can’t wait. We also do not have rigid sex roles in our marriage. We both cook and clean, but I implement our budget and he is as good as (or probably better) a decorator than I am. Before I went back to school, I did more of the yard work than he did (mainly because it’s hard for him physically to work outside in our hot, humid summers). Does that make me less feminine and him less masculine; not in my book! We are interdependent, but also more independent than my parents were. IMHO, these may be things due to the feminist movement that I wouldn’t want to turn the clock back on. Certainly it opened up the opportunity for more women to gain the education to support themselves if they didn’t marry young or if it became necessary to work outside the home at some time during their marriage. (I know that many of you do not think this is a good thing.)

    I do not mean to come across as an angry shrew, just to show that IMHO good Christians can love and serve the Load faithfully and come to different conclusions on this issue.

    Your sister in Christ.


  6. I never really thought much about the significance of that passage. I could see how Eve was targeted and deceived, yet Adam was there with her and did nothing to stop her!
    I am quite easily deceived, which can prove to be comical sometimes. But it’s also not good either!


  7. Hello,
    Haven’t commented on this website before, so, hello to one and all. I have been viewing the site for at least 5 years, and I know I don’t need to comment, but would like to, if that’s ok. I live in England, and feminism is here as it is in America.

    Feminism has poisoned the minds of women the world over. To the point of viewing their own useless opinions over the word of God. One has to be unbelieveably deceived in order to think their ideas usurp the word of God.

    It tells us in 1 Peter 3 that Sarah call Abraham lord. We might not exactly do so to our husbands today, but the respect for him should be there in the same way.

    God’s word is for our good. It only harms us when we disobey God and go in our own direction which leads to destruction.

    May God be glorified in all we do.

    God bless.


  8. Hi Jessie,

    Would you mind telling us what happened when you and your husband talked to your pastor about your concerns about the Beth Moore Bible study that men were attending at your church?

    My initial thought was that he would have opposed it if the teacher came to him and asked if she could teach it as a Bible study open to both women and men. However in this situation, but he might feel differently because it began as a women’s study and the men started attending on their own. Just my .02, though.

    Anyway, I think it’s great that you and your husband discussed your convictions of what you believed was Biblical with your pastor and didn’t just “go along to get along”. If more Christians did this in a respectful manner after praying about the issue, IMHO our churches would be much healthier, as well as discerning where they felt the Bible demanded a black and white stand on an issue and secondary issues where Christians may differ.


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