I have met many women who do not want to be women. I shall ponder on this increasingly more urgent and relevant issue in several parts. Each day I shall ask the Lord to lead me to understand more and share on this blog. First, we see a difference between the word ‘female’ and the word ‘woman’.
Part One: what makes a woman a woman?
Some societies still practice matriarch system. Several years ago a group of travelers visited their roots in a foreign nation and were shocked to find that all the modern educated men rushed into the kitchen to prepare a sumptuous meal for them while the women (the travelers’ cousins) remained relaxed and composed, sitting with their long lost relative visitors in the living room chatting. They were further shocked to know that the women work full time in the farms and their husbands take care of all domestic chores including housekeeping, nursing and rearing up their children.
What is the definition of being a woman?
quoting from Dictionary.com
- the female human being (distinguished from man ).
- an adult female person.
- a wife.
- the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.
- the definition of womanliness: like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
- the definition of female:
1. a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman. 2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.
Summary of definition:
What makes a woman a woman? a woman is a female, as defined by a set of biological and physiological, organic, structural and reproductive ‘presentations’. They are expected to have the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women.
Economic and social functional roles do not change the ‘femaleness’ of a woman:
In the aforementioned matriarch community, the women marry, reproduce just as any other married women do. They remain female. The only difference is their employment, occupation and professional roles in terms of work. We do not know whether they are better workers or more hardworking than the other gender. We do know that they live normal healthy family lives just like any other communities. One advantage is that they do not need to do two things at a time as the men do the domestic work and raise their children quite capably and healthily.
Is there merit in such a system? Why does this system continue in modern days? The anthropologist may have a way of explaining this subject.
I would encourage Christians to read the Bible on those capable and notable women recorded in the Biblical history.
What does the Bible say about roles?
One thing I observe from our Bible study on women in this blog is that the Bible women remained female and still did wonders and were mightily used by the Lord.
What does God say?
God does not discriminate against women because they are female. God created them in His image. (Genesis 1:27)
How does Jesus treat female? Jesus does not discriminate against female.
Jesus had many female believers and disciples who were quietly following Him, learning from Him, financing His mission, and ministering to Him while He was on earth. In the early church history, Many women continued to support and finance the apostles’ missionary and house churches ministries. Some became church leaders and pastors. In a male dominated society it was revolutionary and shocking. But that was what God recorded in His words.
Genesis 1:27 New Living Translation (NLT) 27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.