Why would a woman feel “the oppressiveness of her biology” and “betrayed by (her) body” simply because she’s pregnant? Okay, I admit I rarely experienced morning sickness, so my perspective is probably somewhat skewed. But even so, I always delighted in my pregnant body. Sure, it had its challenges, but those were nothing compared to the joy and anticipation of new life.
But, times have changed and so has women’s view of themselves and their bodies. So, Rachel Willis, a guest writer for Christianity Today’s “Her-meneutics” blog, writes: “My first pregnancy made me feel gendered as a woman, trapped by my female body, in a way that I had never before experienced. Until then, I always felt my body… never restricted me to any so-called woman’s role… I saw my education, my right to vote, my career opportunities, and my husband folding laundry, and I said, ‘It is good.’”
Decades ago, we delighted in our inherent femininity and embraced motherhood as a privilege. Now, we view these things as barriers to our self-actualization.
But, rather than embrace our natural functions, we fight them in an effort to gain control. This is why feminists demand abortion and contraception and label any restrictions on them a “war on women.” In reality, though, women are warring against themselves. Decades ago, we delighted in our inherent femininity and embraced motherhood as a privilege. Now, we view these things as barriers to our self-actualization.
Yet, I appreciate the honest question Willis asks at the end of her piece: “How does God want me to think of my body?” See, if we feel betrayed by our bodies when they’re simply performing their designed function, perhaps we’re the ones betraying our bodies – not to mention the One who designed them. True, sex roles don’t necessarily have to be as rigid as society once held, but they’re not fluid either.
We’ll be talking about contraception this Saturday on Up For Debate with popular Catholic theologian Christopher West, who opposes contraception – and Messiah College Professor,Dr. Janell Paris, who believes contraception is a legitimate option for Christian couples. Before making up your mind on this issue, I encourage you to listen to the interview above. Then, join me Saturday for what I know will be a fascinating discussion!
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