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178. Problems With Feminism

I talked with the ladies from Freed From Feminism a few months back and wanted to revisit a few great parts of our conversation. In this conversation, we discussed a wide range of problems with feminism. So, I thought it would be good to revisit our chat and elaborate on some of those ideas. After you listen to this episode, if you’re interested in what they have to say you can check out the full interview here.

“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.”

Phyllis Schlafly

Some of the Problems with Feminism

The thrust of the argument for Theresa and Beth is that feminism is based on an idea that cannot stand. Women and men are inherently unequal. While that doesn’t mean women are more or less than men, it does mean there is difference between the sexes. However, feminism seeks to erase those differences, which inevitably leads to many problems and complications. Below, we’ll take a look at a couple of the problems with feminism that arise from this mistaken idea that men and women ought to be equal in all respects.

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Feminism Doesn’t Actually Liberate Women

I think it is crucial to understand the spell that feminism has cast on our society. After that, we can begin to look at the particulars more closely. But, until we look at how feminism goes wrong in its assumptions, we cant dive into instances where this error plays out.

Where are the Fatherly Role Models?

Despite the need for good depictions of dads, we seem to get terrible images of fatherhood from our media. For example, Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family seem to do everything they can to portray the dads as blundering idiots. Rather than offering an accurate, yet comedic, look at a father, they feature caricatures of fatherhood.

Mothering is Full-Time Work

As someone who has worked full-time while in school, I can say I know what it means to be busy. But, I don’t know if that compares to the moms I know in my family. For those that work on top of being moms, I can say I don’t know how they do it. While I disagree with Beth and Theresa that all moms should be stay-at-home moms, I recognize it’s the best situation. I do think it could be good in some cases for women to have a job (not a career) and children or find some balance. Especially today when feminism is so ingrained, I think it’s good to take steps in the right direction. Ideally, however, moms would be full-time moms instead of balancing their family and career.

235. Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Conversation of Our Generation

According to Wikipedia, Naturalism is "the idea or belief that only natural laws and forces (as opposed to supernatural or spiritual ones) operate in the universe. Adherents of naturalism assert that natural laws are the only rules that govern the structure and behavior of the natural world, and that the changing universe is at every stage a product of these laws." In this episode, I'll take a look at some of the good points and valid concerns of Naturalism. Then, I'll discuss how it falls short, and what corrections it needs. Valid Concerns and Good Points One of the good points of naturalists is that we can attribute most things to natural laws and forces. Every little thing that happens doesn't have to be a supernatural intervention. And, we know it isn't random due to the consistency of events. There is a time in pagan cultures when everything was attributed to the supernatural. Even in the Judeo-Christian world much of the natural order was attributed to angel's intervention. I don't begin to say that I know how Heaven governs this world and it's laws. But it appears to me that there are natural laws and that God created the world with a discoverable order. When looking into that order, it is good to work within it's bounds, which is why we have science. Errors of Naturalism The cause of why I burn my tongue on hot coffee or the sun rises everyday can be naturally accounted for. But, the fact that all these beings exist as well as the laws that govern them, none of which fully account for the existence of the universe, has to have some other explanation. Naturalism cannot account for that. Instead, it seeks for a self-explaining cause that's within the natural order. Furthermore, there are well-attested events that do not fit into the natural world. Inexplicable miracles are one. But, there are phenomena like love and beauty that we do experience. However, the naturalist cannot explain these fully by neurons and brain chemistry. We need a deeper, spiritual explanation if we want to cohere with our universal experience. Corrections There is one major correction a naturalist needs to incorporate all truth into his worldview. That is a recognition of the spiritual. Miracles, religious experiences, emotions, and beauty aren't simply natural phenomena. Rather, they are true experiences of something outside of the natural order. To see this in art, read The Soul of the World, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, or Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to see how this plays out. They demonstrate that there is more to this world than the naturalist can explain. And, they do it both with philosophy and story-telling. Related Episodes in this Series What is Objective Reality? What is Subjective Reality? Unity of Subject and Object The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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