Four legacies of feminism

From Dennis Prager:

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s feminist magnum opus, The Feminine Mystique, we can have a perspective on feminism that was largely unavailable heretofore.

And that perspective doesn’t make feminism look good. Yes, women have more opportunities to achieve career success; they are now members of most Jewish and Christian clergy; women’s college sports teams are given huge amounts of money; and there are far more women in political positions of power. But the prices paid for these changes – four in particular – have been great, and they outweigh the gains for women, let alone for men and for society.

Read the full piece HERE. (Not for young readers.)

9 thoughts on “Four legacies of feminism

  1. “A young woman’s likelihood of depression rose steadily as her number of partners climbed and the present stability of her sex life diminished.”

    Correlation does not imply causation.

    Second, why is he using a small and clearly biased sample of callers to prove his point? Isn’t it likely that his show would naturally attract women who have problems in their marriage or personal lives or even agree with him?

    Why not use a nation-wide study; one that uses different methods (like random sampling) to decrease biases?

    Mr. Prager makes broad generalizations and conclusions based on practically no evidence. Why should anyone take this article seriously?


    1. LVH, there are absolutely scads of in-depth books and articles on this same topic. Prager is writing a commentary on established facts–not a footnoted research piece. For broad statistical studies, interviews, and in-depth research backing his work, please read Unprotected by Dr. Miriam Grossman, Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children by Drs. Joe McIlhaney and Freda Bush, Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both by Laura S. Stepp, and You’re Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Ed and How They Harm Your Child — also by Dr. Miriam Grossman. Candice Watters also has a review of Unprotected on Boundless.


  2. I agree with LVH on this. My fiance is horrified at the idea that because he is not a ‘real man’ because he considers me an equal partner. By the way, we met in our mid-30s when I was apparently way out of my prime man-attracting years. It’s a miracle!


    1. Heather, I suggest you stick around and read some more from our theme articles. Understand that no one is talking about men and women not being equal in value — far from it! Having different roles doesn’t make us unequal; it makes us complimentary, the perfect halves of the whole of humanity. 🙂


  3. I am curious as to your beliefs regarding biblical laws and women. It seems like you want to follow the Old Testament customs regarding women, but reject the Old Testament when it comes to kosher laws, celebrating Passover or honoring the Friday-Saturday sabbath.

    Secondly, since you oppose women holding office on the grounds that they cannot be leaders in the church, do you also oppose remarried men holding office since they are not husbands of one wife? What about non-Christians holding office?

    Lastly, is it not possible that Bible women who owned businesses, such as Lydia, had male employees? Certainly a male slave or servant would be under the authority of the woman of the house.


    1. Tenerlife, the “commandments contained in ordinances” (hand-washings, ritual cleansing, special feasts, circumcision, etc.–all tied into the OT sacrificial system) were all fulfilled in Christ, because they pointed to his perfect sacrifice on the cross (see all of Galatians, Ephesians 2:14-16, all of Hebrews). As Paul writes in Colossians 2:16, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” There is no longer a need to follow the ritual laws (which cannot purify us from sin–Galatians 2:16), but the moral laws (the Ten Commandments and the case laws applying them) are affirmed by Christ, Paul, and other NT writers (see Matthew 5, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 John 3:4, Matthew 7:23, etc.). Christ hasn’t done away with honoring parents, keeping marriage vows, protecting our neighbor, etc. In fact, He gives us the desire to keep His Law/Word, as Christ is the Word made flesh (John 1).

      In the case of remarriage, it depends on the two people involved. A man who remarries after his first wife dies is not banned from holding church office, though he’s technically on his “second wife.” A polygamist is clearly barred from holding office, as is a man who has divorced his wife for reasons other than adultery. Non-Christians obviously would not hold office in a church. If you’re referring to political office, the requirements for political/judicial office holders are not given in the passages about elders and deacons in the church, so the latter passages do not apply to governmental offices.

      Finally, no one here has ever said that women are not in any authority. Quite the contrary! God sets women in authority in their sphere. That’s why the Proverbs 31 woman both owns her own family business and invests the profits for future expansion. She is building the household economy and has real authority over her realm. That would include giving directions to those in her household’s employ. There’s no contradiction between submitting to one’s husband and having charge over a male household servant. Scripture says that a woman must submit to “her own husband” — not to all men. Hope this helps!


  4. “If you’re referring to political office, the requirements for political/judicial office holders are not given in the passages about elders and deacons in the church, so the latter passages do not apply to governmental offices.”

    I agree, so I don’t see what is the inherent problem with a woman being president of the U.S. Additionally, it is unclear to me where the New Testament commands an unmarried adult woman to live under her father’s authority. Mary Magdalene apparently lived on her own.


    1. Women are not called to rule in the political sphere. It is men who “sit in the gates of the land” while women rule the home. Ruling the home involves real authority, too. Read Proverbs 31. Isaiah 3 shows that when a land departs from God’s ways, “women rule over them and children are their tyrants.” Mary Magdalene was a repentant prostitute, so she’s not a positive example of a woman who lived on her own. Not all single women live with their parents. Scripture shows that there are “maidens” who serve in other godly households (again, see Prov. 31). Widows are heads of their own households whose decisions stand on their own (Numbers 30:9). Other widows (like Anna in Christ’s day) devote themselves to the house of God and serve there under the authority of the priests. Read early church history, and you find that widows and unmarried women were called “the altar of God” because of their special devotion to intercessory prayer (I recommend Making Room by Christine Pohl for a great history of this topic). Unmarried women like Dorcas served the New Testament church by caring for the poor (making garments, in her case). No parents are mentioned, but from the context of Scripture, we understand that a young woman (widow or unmarried) is under the authority of her parents or another godly family (Psalm 68:3). Also see Leviticus 22:13, which shows that a woman who is widowed and has no children returns to her father’s household. This is not because women are inferior or can’t take care of themselves; it is because God has created the family structure to reflect His own Trinitarian nature. We are not to live solitary lives but in community–a community that reflects the order God created and called “good.” Christ was under the authority of His Father. This did not lessen His godhood or negate His own authority. A woman being under authority doesn’t negate her worth or her own necessary place in God’s economy. It’s simple and beautiful.


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