This blog is part of our series "Let's Talk About It." The ideas and opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Mississippi College; however, as a Christian university we believe in respectful dialogue and thoughtful engagement with issues that concern our modern society.
I am weary. I've had too many conversations which end with someone denying that women get treated differently than men. I've heard too many people discount the personal experiences and the real hurt that prove, despite how much our country has grown, gender is still used to discriminate. This isn't about societal gender roles. This isn't even about Biblical gender roles. This is about women being valued as less than men, a view that is clearly contradictory to the way Jesus interacted with women. It's about a woman wanting to be valued for her intellect, ambition, and passion, not her body. It's about Christians protecting the rights of all who have been made in the image of God.
I wish I could express fully the cold feeling that plops to the bottom of my stomach the moment I open a magazine and once again see a starving woman's body contorted to sell men's cologne. I wish I could express the righteous anger that flares up when my best friend tells me the words some man whispered suggestively to her. I wish I could express how frustrating it is to live in world that doesn't value you because you were born a woman, and I wish my fellow Christians would stop denying that gender inequality doesn't exist.
Because it does, and I have facts on my side. Did you know that females from the ages 15-44 are more likely to face a life-threatening experience resulting from assault and domestic violence than cancer, a car accident, war, and malaria (The United Nations)? Did you know that the New York Times, a proclaimed bastion of progressivism, reportedly fired a female executive because she asked for equal pay (Fox News)? Did you know that as of a year ago, women only held 4.6% of CEO positions for S&P 500 companies (Catalyst). I could go on, but for the sake of brevity, I'll stop.
If you want to doubt statistics, that's fine. I personally believe everyone should engage with data critically. However, I also want to remind you that regardless of how you feel about this issue that as Christians we should empathize with those who are hurting, even if we don't understand their hurt, and the fact is, many women in America are hurting. They believe that gender inequality is still a very real thing. I, personally, am one of them.
So let's be empathetic. Let's listen to others and not write off their opinions because we haven't had the same experience. Let's talk to people that are different to us and approach them with empathy like Jesus did with the Samaritan woman. Let's love people like Jesus would have wanted us to do.
Nolie, a Christian who believes feminism isn't a bad word