1999 James A. Fowler
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I. The words "feminine" and "femininity"
are not used in the Bible.
II. Defining "femininity"
A. Modern feminism has cast "femininity"
into political sphere of women's rights, freedoms and
B. Radical feminism often posits the
superiority of the female as the epitome and center of
for humanity, even projecting the female as a goddess, which
has contributed to
breakdown and lesbianism.
C. This study will consider "femininity"
as referring to what it means to be a "female as God
A. Male and female equal before God
- Gal. 3:28
B. Functional humanity, male and female,
requires spiritual exchange - Acts 26:18
C. The life of Jesus Christ is the essence
of functional femininity.
D. A woman who fears the Lord will be
praised - Prov. 31:30
E.. Only when we are "in the Lord"
(I Cor. 7:39) can anyone love others with the agape love
God - Rom.
5:5; I Cor. 13; Gal. 5:22.
F. Spiritual maturity develops divine
character expression of femininity
quality of a gentle and quiet spirit" - I Peter 3:4.
and love and sanctity" - I Tim. 2:15
A. Industrious, not idle. Prov. 31:13-20,27;
I Tim. 5:10,13; Titus 2:5
B. Engaged in homemaking - Prov. 31:15,27,28
C. Dignified - I Tim. 3:11
D. Not engaged in gossip - I Tim. 3:11;
E. Not controlling, manipulating, dominating
conversations and situations - I Tim. 2:12
F. Not brash, boisterous, assertive,
aggressive, pushy, bossy, contentious - Prov. 21:9,19
G. Accompanies her husband socially.
H. Other men regard her husband as fortunate
to have a wife like her - Prov. 31:23.
A. Cultural concepts of "femininity"
primarily concerned with externalities
height, weight, skin texture and color, hair style (I Cor. 11:5,6;
I Tim. 2:9; I Pet. 3:3),
size, shape and measurements, enlargements, reductions, facelifts,
tattoos, shaving, hygiene
comportment of body - movement of head, eyes, mouth, hands, how
she stands, sits,
talks, self-confidence, self-image, assurance, flirtatious, "sexy",
wise to man's
lingerie, bras, shoes, high heels, hosiery, dresses, pants, hemlines,
head coverings (I Cor. 11:5,6), contemporary fashions, fabrics,
range from prudish, veiled, matronly, to frumpy, dowdy, slovenly,
Avoid undue preoccupation and priority - I Peter 3:2,3
Cultural acceptance of propriety and modesty - I Tim. 2:9,10
involvement and roles
homemaker, mother, barefoot and pregnant, naked and nursing,
seen but not heard.
vocational, working woman, executive, personal wealth
political involvement, women's rights and freedoms
church leadership, teaching - I Tim. 2:12; I Cor. 14:34
competitive, aggressive, assertive, brash, bold, bossy
B. Attitudes about what is attractive
and appealing about women's appearances and "femininity"
inevitably influenced by the culture we live in.
C. To what extent should we/do we accept
culturally defined "femininity"?
helper, assistant, supportive, adaptive, encouraging, complete
rather than compete,
husband to be all God desires - Gen. 2:18
to husband. Gen. 3:16; I Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; I Tim.
I Peter 3:1,5,6
Not subservient slavery, forced subjugation
Not a matter of value, worth, honor or superiority; but of function
Attitude precedes functional action.
in order - I Peter 3:4
to her husband - Exod. 20:14; Ruth 1:16; I Tim. 3:11
- Prov. 31:11
her husband - Titus 2:4
her husband - Eph. 5:33; I Pet. 3:2
her husband - SoS 2:3
her husband - SoS 1:2,4; 2:5; 5:8
to meet husband's expectations, preferences, desires and needs
- John 8:29; Matt.
her husband; doesn't take for granted - Prov. 31:12
encouraged by husband's praises - Prov. 31:28
Duty to husband - I Cor. 7:3,5
No excuses - SoS 5:3
Complete willingness - Phil. 2:8
"naked and not ashamed" - Gen. 2:25
Put aside inhibitions, hang-ups, what others think.
Open exposure and exhibition - SoS 4; 6:13
Novel, unique, inviting, exciting, evokes anticipation
Don't get in rut or routine without variation.
Seductive, sensual, coy, initiating - SoS 4:16; 7:11-13
just a "sex-object"
A. Femininity preserved through childbearing
and child-rearing- I Tim. 2:15
"made safe" to function in femininity.
to be available, a servant, to put aside selfishness, to love,
nurture, give and protect, so
does not become a pushy, arrogant feminist seeking to dominate,
rule and function as a
B. Femininity honored by children's lives.
rise up and bless her - Prov. 31:28
and rejoicing - Prov. 23:22,25
A. Fullness of "femininity"
requires balanced attitude and function in foregoing areas.
B. Differing definitions of "femininity"
between husband and wife creates discord.