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.”
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.”
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.