Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Family and Gender Success

It used to be that the girls were in trouble, and feminist ideas of equality would save the day. The main weapon of "equality" was to insist there was no difference between the sexes and attack males as if they were in the way. It appears that the technique is working. According to The Trouble with Boys by Peg Tyre, boys are turning off and tuning out education. Girls, on the other hand, are at least succeeding. This might be good news to those who believe in a Feminist utopia where women are significant and men are . . . something else. But, for those who care about the future of everyone this can only be bad. After all these years of equality of the sexes we are learning by science and society that there really are differences between males and females.

According to the blog commentary Does Our Society Treat Boys Like Defective Girls, society is most likely going to ignore the obvious:

Despite this crisis, our society is working hard to promote tolerance to the point of destroying the institution we need most – the traditional two-parent family with both a male and a female role model, where both parents fulfill their responsibilities to each other and to their children. Even as the pop culture regularly portrays men as unfeeling dolts, the tolerance crowd continues to blindly claim that their proposals will not harm the basic institution of our society, but long-term evidence shows that this is not true.

Ironically, the same same article rejects what it just suggested:

I’m not advocating a return to obviously bad sexist attitudes.

It is "bad sexist attitudes" that we need to return. I don't mean seeing women as inferior, unintelligent, and only objects of desire. Rather, I mean the attitudes that feminists would consider undesirable. That would include women as mothers and nurturers and men as providers and protectors. Latter-day Saints were warned by prophets in The Family: A Proclamation to the World exactly what happens when men, women, and children are not in stable relationships. Society sufferes and everyone loses. Girls and Boys don't need role models. They need loving and traditional parents:

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

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