It ain’t easy being male. Not that I would know, but lately being a wife and a boy-mom, I’ve had a lot of sympathy for the less-fair sex. Feminism ran rampant, going so far beyond its noble beginnings with woman’s suffrage and ended up shaping our entire culture into a place where genuine masculinity is no longer welcome.
14 Nov 2017
11 Sep 2014
Saint John Paul II states in Mulieris Dignatem "Each woman inherits her femininity as an expression of the image and likeness of God that is hers." We could say likewise about each man's masculinity.
Therefore, when man or woman thinks that one is somehow "less than" the other, they are also showing disdain for that which is part of the essence of God.
Masculinity and femininity, fully expressed, can teach mankind much about it's relationship to God and to each other. Humanity suffers when women choose to squelch their feminine virtues in favor of masculine ones. It also suffers when men feel they have to hide their masculine traits in our feminized culture. The fact is, that the best of both masculine and feminine virtues should be developed in both men and women rather than one in favor of the other. Their expression, however, will differ. St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) wrote "Christ embodies the ideal of human perfection: in him all bias and defects are removed, the masculine and feminine virtues are united and their weaknesses redeemed; therefore, his true followers will be progressively exalted over their natural limitations. That is why we see in holy men a womanly tenderness and goodness and a truly maternal solicitude for the souls entrusted to them, while in holy women there is manly boldness, proficiency, and determination.”
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