Wacky White Wednesday #17 Women Equal to Husbands (Sort of)

Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 76

Woman should fill the position which God originally designed for her, as her husband’s equal. The world needs mothers who are mothers not merely in name, but in every sense of the word. We may safely say that the distinctive duties of woman are more sacred, more holy, than those of man. Let woman realize the sacredness of her work, and in the strength and fear of God take up her life mission. Let her educate her children for usefulness in this world, and for a home in the better world.

The position of a woman in her family is more sacred than that of the king upon his throne. Her great work is to make her life an example such as she would wish her children to copy. And by precept as well as example, she is to store their minds with useful knowledge, and lead them to self-sacrificing labor for the good of others.

I kind of get what Ellen is trying to do here, but this just comes across to me as “Women should stay in their place, which is raising children.”  You can call it “more holy” or whatever, but you’re still insisting that all women fit in this tiny little box.  And that’s not ok.


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