Real, holy, just, powerful and perfect feminism. Nothing like what we all too often encounter today.

With the Blessed Mother, it isn’t, “Hold my beer…”, it’s, “Hold My Baby….” handing off the baby Jesus to a nearby angel, the Blessed Virgin Mary contends with and handily defeats the devil, according to God’s grace. Illumination taken from the Taymouth Hours, circa ARSH 1325.  Courtesy of Ann Barnhardt’s Catholic Website. Enjoy!

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Going down in flames: National Education Association continues support for abortion (and other abominations) even as their ranks continue to dwindle.

The NEA has strongly supported abortion for many years. Each year, a stalwart group of pro-life advocates challenges the NEA powers-that-be. The pro-lifers only ask that the NEA be “abortion neutral.” They presented a motion stating that the NEA stop using dues monies to support abortion. This motion was defeated in a secret ballot vote, with 33% voting pro-life and 66% voting pro-abortion. That vote indicates that a third of the delegates want the NEA to stop using dues money for abortion, but the NEA leadership is determined to side with the feminists and pro-aborts and continue to spend dues money to advocate abortion.

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In Hell, everyone is equal. Does that mean when everyone on earth is “equal”, we will have created our own personal Hell?

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In recent months, officials drafting the Bill have struggled to fulfil Equality’s aim of making same-sex marriage identical to marriage as the world has known it for most of human history. They have come across an insuperable barrier. It reminds me of the moment when, in trendy Islington in the 1980s, I was summoned by the health authority for a cervical smear. Some things just cannot be done.

The drafters have belatedly realised that, since there is no procreative act which defines homosexual behaviour, there can be no consummation, or non-consummation, and no adultery. These will not, therefore, be grounds for gay divorce.

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Editor’s note: Conversely, we can expect perfect happiness in Heaven, where the divine economy is distinctly hierarchical.

Book Review: The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand

In the arguments for the privilege of being a woman Dr. von Hildebrand claims that “in order to understand the greatness of a women’s mission, we must open our minds and hearts to the message of the supernatural.” In other words, we must understand the role of Mary’s humility and the Incarnation. With Mary’s humble assent to be the Mother of God, she rose above all. Clearly, this flies in the face of today’s culture and its infatuation with feminism. And while she emphasizes a variety of evidence supporting all of women’s privileges, she is careful to point out that in a woman’s weaknesses there is risk of using her “sensitivity, receptiveness and beauty” to fall into sins of “emotionalism, illusions and self-centeredness.”

Dr. von Hildebrand’s thesis? Women must be wrapped in the humility of the Incarnation to be effectively female. Women cannot be men – no matter how hard they try! The understanding of woman’s place in creation and God’s work is crucial in disproving the credo of feminism. St. Teresa of Avila writes that “more women than men receive extraordinary graces, that they are more receptive to God’s voice and particularly capable of heroic donation when their heart is purified.” Is virginity important? Indeed it is. And maternity raises women above men in their ability to nourish and maintain a soul and body within herself. Our Blessed Mother nourished the body of Christ with great humility and followed him to the cross – her gift given freely.

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The feminized metrosexual culture of contemporary liberalism

Big Bird, the perfect symbol of liberal fantasies, is neither handsome nor ugly, has no discernible sexuality, is neither smart nor stupid.  He is never threatened by the need to work hard to accomplish things, because he has no discernible ambition.  He never demands anything and never has to deal with aggressive wishes.

Anger is not a problem for Big Bird.  Competition is not for him.

Unlike the creatures of classic fairy tales, he is just a bland, unthreatening being purveying the liberal fantasy that in utopia, we are all equally lovable and all think good thoughts.  No doubt there are graduate students at our elite universities composing theses on the postmodren significance of Sesame Street.

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Radical feminism is … at its very core … unnatural and unholy

Consider the moving story of Kate Spicer: “I’m childless at 42 and haunted by the baby I aborted at 18″. I offer here parts of that story: “Terminating a pregnancy seemed far cleverer than pushing double buggies in small-town Devon, which is what some of my peers were doing after their O-levels.

“Today, I feel more emotional, guilty almost, about that bundle of cells I got rid of. In the bitterest of ironies, that terminated pregnancy remains the sum total of my reproductive history. Throughout my adulthood, I have sometimes felt broody, but have never let myself dwell on it.

“Using logic and reason, I pushed these instinctive urges from my mind: you don’t have enough money, you don’t have a solid relationship, you have no career stability, men can’t be relied on, you are too insecure. The family unit — Mum, Dad, two children — looked dull, claustrophobic and suburban. I was in denial, but every now and again my real feelings would break through the tough-girl rationale.

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What manliness is all about

Where feminist ideology prevails, egalitarianism replaces chivalry. If men and women are equal and the same, then women do not expect or inspire service — indeed, they may be actively contemptuous of men or claim to be utterly independent of them.

If patriarchy is the root of all evil and men are superfluous to the fulfillment of women (as some feminists claim), there is no call for knightly behavior.

As the natural, inherent distinctions between men and women are increasingly denied — even in military institutions and in the armed services — chivalry is forgotten. Chivalry can flourish only when a culture clearly defines the meaning of masculinity and femininity. A gentleman knows that a woman deserves to be treated in special, considerate, sensitive ways that are reflected in manners, speech, and courtesy. If men and women look alike, dress alike, talk alike, and act alike, then the mysterious, idealistic, or romantic relationship between men & women disappears.

Knightliness and gentlemanliness also flourish when women hold men to high standards, expecting them to be magnanimous, gallant, civilized, and chaste. The ideals that women instill in boys, and that they expect of men, determine the moral level of a society.

Do sex-education courses, coeducational dormitories, and condom distribution in schools promote the chivalrous treatment of women, or do they encourage the lustful exploiting of women for selfish pleasure?

Without the virtue of chastity governing the relationships between men and women, the respect due to a woman’s honor is absent.

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