I was talking this afternoon to a dear brother who I thought was well educated and enlightened. He has fathered two girls who I know he loves deeply. In the midst of our conversation he referred to a woman as a “female”. He did not call her a woman or a girl. He called her a “female”. Female is a term used to describe a person, animal or plant. A female person is either a woman or a girl. This is not the first time I have heard a male man refer to a female man as a “female” and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Nevertheless, today I must speak out loud and clear about it. I am woman hear me roar! I know who I am and whose I am. I am a child of God. I am a female man created in the image and likeness of God and I am equal to a male man. (Genesis 1:26-28) We are the same except God gave us different reproductive organs so that we can bear children. I am roaring a message that many don’t seem to get or they are afraid to admit. Our genders are equal.
As a woman I am tired of us having to fight for gender equality. I am not consoled by the fact that I’m in the same boat with billions of other women and girls. Misery really does not love company. We are the victims of so many lies that have been told to us about us for centuries. We have been fed so many lies based on the religious beliefs of some and the inferiority of others who manipulate the interpretation of “sacred” scripture with ill intent.
Honestly, I am saddened by the fact that male men must have dominion over female men. I’m certain this is not God’s intent. That’s not love. Regardless of how we’ve been written down in history with bitter and twisted lies told by those who need to make themselves feel superior, we deserve to be honored as the goddesses that we were created to be. Although a narrative has already been written, we can rewrite the narrative. We will not stay in the place we have been relegated to. We will rise as the female men God created us to be!
P.S. The dear brother did apologize. He said that he meant no disrespect and had no ill intent. Then he committed himself to using more appropriate words to describe women and girls.