Proud To Be Female..? Why I Don’t Embrace Girl Power 

Hey guys! I’ve had this post on my mind for awhile, and today I’m glad to finally sit down and share my thoughts. ❤

A lot of girls are encouraged from a young age to embrace girl power. (Look at a wide variety of girly TV shows or clothing items to see this as true!) Girl power is supposed to be a positive pride in who we are as females, but… I see a lot of problems with it.

In this post, I’m going to explain why “girl power!” isn’t in my everyday vocabulary. We’re also going to explore the origin of the term “girl power,” and… if it has anything to do with the modern feminist movement.

Let’s get into it!

Where did the term “girl power” come from? 

“The phrase was a label for the particular facet of feminist empowerment embraced by the Spice Girls: that a sensual, feminine appearance and equality between the sexes need not be mutually exclusive. Its message of empowerment appealed to young girls, adolescents and adult women, and it emphasized the importance of strong and loyal friendship among females.”

– Wikipedia.

The Spice Girls were described as… 

“Five women storming through a stuffy setting, throwing papers and behaving badly- it’s who these women were, and more importantly — who they were to pop music.

This rebellious, groundbreaking behavior would become characteristic for the girls, five women determined to use pop music to run down what they really, really wanted, at all costs.”

– Google.com.

Not exactly the kind of girl God wants you to be.

Looking into the background of girl power, I can really see that it was about rebellion. The Spice Girls were the spokespeople of girl power; they took pride in wearing little, being loud and obnoxious, and embracing whatever (immoral) lifestyle they wanted.

This is how girl power started.

Here are 3 reasons why I don’t embrace girl power:

1. Girl power degrades men. 

“The future is female.”

“Girls rule the world.”

“You don’t need men, men need you.”

Guys. I know this is so engrained in our culture as a good thing, but do these quotes NOT sound condescending and rude to you?

One of the main problems I have with girl power is that it’s about female supremacy. And yes, I would say that it’s the same as being racist! I honestly feel bad for men in this modern feminist movement, because they’re bullied to believe that women are better than they are.

Feminism started with basic rights, such as women voting or owning land. Now it’s about women being the best.

2. I’m a female, and I am not powerful. 

One, my gender does not give me power. Any power that I have comes through the Lord Jesus. HE is the one who deserves the credit, not me, a sinner who has nothing to do with anything good that comes out of me.

The problem with saying that women are powerful is, well, that it’s simply untrue. Especially if that “power” comes from acting out in rebellion.

Power is the Lord’s, not ours. We often forget that HE is the one who ordains our lives and HE is the one in control. Not the females.

3. Girl power celebrates rebellion, pride, and feminism.

Must I say more? XD A lot of girls label “girl power” as a cute girly inspirational term, but that’s really not where it came from.

I don’t want to be rebellious. I don’t want to be known for outrageous behavior. I don’t want to bash men. I don’t want to reject being feminine and ladylike.

I don’t find pride in being a female. This is how I was born, how God planned me, and I’m grateful for that.

But I don’t embrace girl power.


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56 thoughts on “Proud To Be Female..? Why I Don’t Embrace Girl Power 

    1. Hey girl! Well, I personally wouldn’t say that I’m proud to be a female *because* pride is described in a negative light in Scripture.

      Also, being proud of my gender doesn’t really make sense to me either. I couldn’t help what I was born! I can embrace my femininity and use it for God’s glory, but I wouldn’t say that I’m proud of myself.

      Hope this helps! ❤️

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  1. I’m not understanding…it is not okay to proud of who you are? Sure some groups have taken it way too far, but isn’t it okay to embrace your womanhood and do great things? I mean, I’d say that I’m proud to be a girl because why would I wanna be a guy? I thank God for what he’s done through me, but I am proud of myself too, because I’ve done some hard, scary things. Sure God helped me, but I made the choice to step out too. So….I guess I am not really asking about being proud to be a GIRL but just being proud of yourself in general.

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    1. Hey Zella! Yes, I definitely think we should embrace our womanhood and do great things through that! I don’t think pride is ever a good thing, even though our culture highly encourages it. We can’t do anything without God, so why take the credit? XD

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  2. I can totally see your point of view on this topic, and I can definitely agree with it. I don’t agree with people when they’re like ‘women are more powerful than men’ because while we’re awesome, God literally made the man to be the head of the family. (Eve was made out of Adam’s rib, remember? It was there because it’s by the heart, for love, and it’s support because she supports him. But he’s the head.) (If that made sense lol) I think that we have power, just not the kind that most girls think ‘girl power’ means these days. 😊 Great post

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  3. I agree, the feminist movement only tells girls nowadays to “rebel” against traditional femininity and act vulgar or promiscuous to be empowered. Women acting like ladies of elegance and grace are unfortunately disappearing and being replaced by a new generation of “nasty women” instead 😦 Also, they are hypocrites in that they purport to empower women, but are sexist in that the only way a woman can be empowered according to their agenda is to be like a man, or tear men down to “neutralize the threat” instead of appreciating the differences between men and women. What a shame for the women of the future! Women used to act and dress as ladies, but now all they seem to want to do is wear “pussy hats” and provocative outfits all while slandering men! The modern radical feminist movement has also damaged things such as the traditional family, the value of motherhood, and bred a whole generation of vulgar, militant and promiscuous young women! I’m not personally religious, but it doesn’t take religion to see the downward spiral of society.
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  4. Great word Melani! Everyone was born equally and girls weren’t born with some special “power” just as boys weren’t born with some special “power” while God has made both boys and girl to do different jobs (as He has made everyone to do different jobs) we are all equal and He created each and every one of us! I totally agree, great post!

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  5. AMEN. Feminism is such a strong agenda that is being pushed right now, and I think everyone has forgotten that women aren’t made to do everything a man can do, but we were created to do everything a man can’t do. Great post!:)

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  6. I agree that the whole “the future is women” etc. is very cringeworthy. In the family, man and woman are equal. Neither is above the other. It’s doesn’t matter who you are, be proud of your gender! I’m sure that’s what you’re saying. I don’t agree with extreme feminism. But I believe I see what you are saying.

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    1. Serin- I felt like I should share some thoughts on your comment. First of all, if God’s people are obeying His laws in the Old Testament, the first and foremost over-arching laws are 1) to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength and 2) to love your neighbor (which includes your family members) as yourself. So, with that perspective of every law He gives in the Old Testament, and with an understanding of the culture God’s people were in during that time period, the only reason a man would ever sell his daughter would be to “sell” her to a man who could better take care of her (in time of famine, etc.) to be that man’s, or his son’s, wife. If you read the passage in Exodus (below) that talks about selling daughters, it is very obviously talking about marriage, which makes sense as in that time period, anytime a man took a wife he payed a bride-price for her.
      Exodus 21:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV), emphasis added by me:

      7 “And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. 8 If she does not please her master, who HAS BETROTHED HER to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. 9 And if he HAS BETROTHED HER to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 10 If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights. 11 And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money.

      Really in the end it comes down to what your perspective is on God’s laws. Do you think He gave them out of a heart of love for His people, or were they just a set of rules? I think the Scripture speaks for itself that EVERYTHING God does is from a heart of love and He wants us to love each other like He loves us! Thanks for taking time to read this long post! I hope it makes sense! 🙂 Blessings!

      Melanie- Just wanted to say thank you for blogging! Your posts always are a blessing! 🙂

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  7. Your posts always shed so much light on important topics. Never stop writing!💗 —https://emilyryannblogblog.wordpress.com/

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  8. I don’t think I’ve ever used the term “girl power” before XD. Although, I have used flower power before to describe the allergic reactions I sometimes have with flowers.

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  9. I recently discovered your blog through Madi’s blog when you did the collab, and I have been reading through your posts. They are so insightful and I stand strongly beside you in most if not all of them! I definitely don’t support feminism because God made us female, after he created male, and for specific purposes. So many people nowadays are ditching how God made them and trying to make up their own way of doing things. While I don’t like it when women are treated badly because they are women, I definitely do not think that that women should now think of themselves equal or even greater than men.
    Great post, Melani! Your posts have really opened my eyes! ❤

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  10. Yes, yes yes! And amen!!! This an area that definitely needs to be addressed more often, especially in Christian circles.

    The other day I was reading a Relevant article on the editors’ response to the newest Marvel movie. In asking how the franchise could improve, one of the editor’s exclaimed, “Hire women, for crying out loud!” I know that Relevant Magazine sometimes embraces worldlier concepts, but it still kind of upset me. Here, a Christian source respected and read by many, is pushing for more women power!

    Anyway, that’s my wee rant.

    Thank you so much for touching on this topic!

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  11. “The future is female.”
    “Girls rule the world.”
    “You don’t need men, men need you.”
    Guys. I know this is so engrained in our culture as a good thing, but do these quotes NOT sound condescending and rude to you?

    Yes, you are totally right: girl power in this sense is nothing positive for anyone (hatred, prejudice and disrespect never lead to anything good). And sadly it has become far to common and accepted in mainstream culture.

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