Male chauvinism is a deadly poison spreading in our society. In order to identify male chauvinists, we are going to have to understand how they think and what they believe.
Sometimes they are disguised as godly people, sometimes they are godly people who are sinful and imperfect like you and I. Frequently they hide under the banner of ‘equality’, while in truth they obliterate it. The more we understand the different flavors of male chauvinism, the more empowered we are to stop it dead in its tracks. But as long as we are calling good ‘bad’, and bad ‘good’, then we will always have troubles spotting the spiritual disease of arrogance and pride. In a society where it is sin to offend, pride goes unchecked. And chauvinism is nothing more than pride.
“In a society where it is sin to offend, pride goes unchecked.”
First off, we need to define what male chauvinism is. Male chauvinism is the belief, whether conscious or not, that women, womanhood, femininity, and therefore, beauty and a woman’s special calling, are inferior to, men, masculinity, manhood, and strength. Below are several examples of what male chauvinism looks like in today’s society/church. Make no mistake; women are just as prone to share these attitudes as well.
Male chauvinism undervalues a woman’s God-given gifts. Machismo shows no appreciation for womanhood’s uniqueness. Too many men and women have no use for beauty; only esteeming strength and leadership, at the expense of womanhood. The Creator did not make Eve to represent the strength of God, but His beauty. Why do we as men not cherish beauty in our daughters; instead scorning their lack of leadership, since God decides what gifts we receive? Why do we want them to be ‘just as strong as a boy’? It’s not just the Bible teaching that God made us different, even science shows that radical differences exists right down to male cells and female cells. Every single cell of a woman is female, every single cell of a man is male, and this tells us a lot about chauvinism. Recent scientific reports are showing the women’s cells themselves, are weaker then men’s. Does chauvinism acknowledge this? Or does chauvinism ignore this?
Here are the questions you need to ask:
- Does he or she treat or believe that strength is more important than beauty? Or that beauty is useless?
- Does he or she believe, or act like, God’s calling for mothers and homemakers are inferior?
- Does he or she believe that woman can do everything a man can do? But a man can’t do everything a woman can?
- Does he or she ignore the biblical passages that teach that women should be treated different from men?
- Does he or she believe that women equally possess all the gifts the God gave men?
- Would she rather be a man then a woman, or a boy instead of a girl?
- Does she prefer boys toys over girls toys?
- Does he or she believe women do not need protection? Or that women are just as capable of serving in combat?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then chauvinism is a problem.
Chauvinism is not treating women as special and different, not cherishing them, nor their beauty, but instead cherishing masculine traits in a woman. God made women different, and when we overlook those differences, we are guilty of despising God’s wisdom. It is hateful and misogynistic to try to make cats fly or birds purr. Misogyny demands women to do what God had not called them to do. God has not created women to be strong leaders, but beautiful followers.
Chauvinism is treating your wife or daughter as if she is just as tough and brave as a man, even though the Great Creator did not make them that way. No man, in his right mind, would treat fine china like steel pots. Many women today are male chauvinists. Some women, in fact, hate women and womanhood so much, that they don’t even want to be women, but literally, would rather be men. Though we are tired of hearing it, the first step to solving any problem, is admitting there is a problem.