The Feminine Fallacy


… the weaker vessel…. (1 Peter 3:7)

Many a girl-child erroneously thinks she has been disadvantaged from birth, hence the justification of mediocrity and low living. She grows with that mentality and does her convocation of pity party in womanhood, where she cuts a figure, across the canvas of adult life, of a very sorry sight.

The belief that without a man in her life she never will be able to realize her fullest potential is both misleading and misapplied. The woman, if you must know, is creation’s enigma. (If anything, the man is supposed to be the weaker of the two because he was made from clay; the woman from bone.) She is the mid-point of majestic mastery, the outrageous and darling lover of Edenic renown; though the list of her ethereal makeup is endless, she is her LORD’s lady.

Weakness is the hallmark of mortality and the exclusive preserve of feminity (or femininity.)

Since time immemorial (situated within Biblical context), women have made strides giant enough to redirect the gaze of destiny:

But Zelophehad… had no sons but daughters…. The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren… cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them (Josh 17:3, Num. 27:7).

Never allow your gender engender timidity and drag you to the sidelines of life. Step into the fray and become, in due time, life’s hall of famer. Deborah leads the pack in Judges 5,. Ruth walks into the unknown and becomes a towering figure in sacred history (Ruth 1:16-18). Rahab before them connives with history makers and will survive a genocide (Josh 2:1-21, 6:25). Mary Magdalene sees the Risen King because of her uncommon tenacity (John 20:1-18).

Contemporary history rubbishes the fallacy of feminine inferiority: Anne Frank ‘s diary continues to be an eloquent reminder that the girl-child is the joker that makes things happen. Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Folorunsho Alakija, Ibikun Awosika, and a glittering host of several others stand far above water mark.

Despite the apparently overrated weakness that smears the feminine psyche, there is an ancient, radical Voice that blares: “ Let the weak say, ‘ I am strong.’ ” He is the Strength of Israel that never lies (1 Sam. 15:29).

Hear the consolation of Scriptures and dust yourself, pick up your sense of personhood from the ash tray of error and beat a fast retreat towards a life of relevance: “… there was not one feeble person among their tribes (Psalm 105:37).

But, remember, as you reinvent yourself, listen to the lady’s LORD: “Without Me, ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Woman, you may have come from Eve, yet you are Even more. Still rise!

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