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By Olalla Gambra Mariné PhD
The author, a university professor, establishes the just differences between the rights of women, rights that are there not because of gender, but because of human nature, and the manipulation that certain groups do of some real injustices in order to disturb the natural human order.
The great fraud of Feminism.
By feminism we understand a social and political movement that intends to reach equality among men and women.
It began with the British vote seekers in the XIX century, continued asking for equal education, work, salaries, etc. In itself these aspirations were not contrary to the Catholic Faith or Morals. How it is possible then, they had ended up asking for aberrations such as the “right” of abortion and sterilization?
From the beginning, all feminist goals had as measurement the rights of men: We ask for the right to vote as men do! A good paid job like men! Etc. While they were getting their objectives, they were asking for more and more, until reaching a point of conflict with the more obvious gender differences. Women decline maternity just because men don’t have it. Feminist ask for the right of “being owners of their bodies” to develop their personalities and professional aspirations before being mothers.
The feminist movement rejected the clear characteristic of the feminine being and avoided the natural vocation for women.
In this way “feminism” ended up defending a much more radical doctrine than the ones developed by men dominated societies.
This is true as there is no greater admiration than imitation. If a person admires another so much that makes an effort to be like that person and even commits violence against herself in order to be like that person, is not that the best evidence of admiration?
Women are different from men.
To avoid further confusion it is necessary for us to establish a clear definition of terms.
The human being in a general sense is defined as a rational animal. Animal as is in possession of a body with physical needs; rational as it has a vital principle of several faculties that are subordinated to the most perfect mean of knowledge.
Now, “human” is just the name of the species. The difference in sex is just an accident. Even Aristotle was looking for an answer about the meaning of this difference. The answer cannot be more evident:
The differences in sex among human beings are part of the matter not of the essence. Because body and soul are united there is no surprise in the accidental differences: anatomy and the common sense evidence demonstrate that a man’s body is different and designed for a different purpose than a woman’s body. Also the thinking procedure is different among women and men, even when both can reach the same conclusions.
The last element is the word “different” itself. It means that something is not same or equal; it states inequality among two elements. But it does not imply that one of the elements is better than the other. It is not a qualitative adjective. It tells us the reality in some aspects among woman and men, nothing else.
Further more it gives us reciprocity in the two terms: if one is different from the other, then the other is different from the one. In the other hand if one were inferior to the other, the other would not be inferior of the one.
The understanding “the women are different from men” as equivalent to “women are inferior from men” lacks logical base. This is an error that modern feminism makes. It also should make us doubt in its base/logic quality.
Admitting the essential identity of men and women we also understand their final goal, that of eternal salvation. This point is essential to understand the posture of the Catholic Church in the so called “gender war”.
The Commandments of the Law of God are the same to all human beings, there are not 10 commandments for men and 10 for women, they are all the same for all. We also see the same situation for the virtues, heaven and hell, the judgment, etc: they are the same for both men and women.
Every person must follow their ultimate God given vocation. In other words each one must be responsible with their respective state. How is this related to the sexual difference?
If I am not wrong the differences from the Catholic doctrine viewpoint is only related to the religious vocation and marriage. In the rest the Church takes no position: if a woman wants to be police commander, carpenter o weight lifter in a carnival, she can as far as she keeps the necessary decency. The Christian doctrine will not place more restrictions than the ones her own nature gives her.
The real problem resides in marriage and family where all the main factors in the so called gender war are located. There is where all factors meet, until the Marxist influence introduced the idea of conflict of sex as a continuation of the conflict of social class.
In order to understand the daily problem that married people face we need to understand the basic principle according to the Catholic doctrine: no one is forced into marriage but once you are married your main duty becomes your family and your profession is subordinated to this (unless there is a major reason for an exemption).
This also contradicts another idea of modernism: the personal success understood as individual labor and its public recognition is illicit if that conflicts with the ultimate stability and end of marriage.
To better understand this doctrine that very well might serve as basis for a kind of Christian “feminism” it is not useless to remember that contrary to the mass media myth, family and procreation are above the individual interest of the espouses.