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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Greek myths are legendary. Literally. Many of the characters in Greek myths are unrealistic, and most probably never existed. Yet surviving throughout history, their tales are repeated even today in the form of books and movies.

Grecian families must have circled around the fire and listened late into the night as storytellers shared the memorable feats of heroes, and the demise of villainous monsters. Among the most mysterious and terrifying of these stories were the tales of a certain bloodthirsty Northern tribe. Many a noble Grecian soldier fell under the blade of their swords, and the tribe was renowned for their show-no-mercy tactics. Yet the most mystifying twist in the story was that this tribe was composed entirely of women.

The women were dubbed "Amazons" by the Greeks. According to Greek folklore, the only men who were allowed to survive within the Amazon culture were enslaved. Sons born to Amazonian women were promptly aborted. Girls on the other hand, were taught from childhood to be tough warriors. It was an utterly female dominated society.

For years, historians counted the Amazons among the ranks of Greek fairytales, doubting the existence of the tribe. Little evidence remained of the Amazonian culture. Historians reasoned, If Amazons had existed, how could they disappear without a trace?

In 2003, Dr. Jeannine Davis-Kimball excavated a Romanian tomb belonging to an ancient woman warrior. Due to the artifacts found in this discovery, strong evidence now testifies to the existence of a wholly female warring tribe.

Although the direct cause of the Amazons' extinction is unclear, it is certain that a culture without God cannot prosper. By disregarding God's pattern for manhood and womanhood and rejecting men entirely, the Amazon tribe opened itself to defeat. The warrior women became mere myths.

New generations of Amazons exist today. Instead of wielding swords and battle axes, the weapons currently employed are even more destructive. Political campaigns, revised school curriculum, music, books and films are included in the arsenal of the modern warrior woman.

Instead of seeing freedom within the God-given design of manhood and womanhood, Amazonian philosophy (also known as "feminism") claims that freedom will be found when genders are abolished. Feminist Andrew Dworkin proclaimed in a speech, "Only when manhood is dead--and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it--only then will we know what it is to be free." (Andrea Dworkin. "The Root Cause," speech, 26 Sept. 1975. Published in Our Blood, 1976) John Piper and Wayne Grudem wrote of this philosophy in their book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood:
"...Two women may jump from an airplane and experience the thrilling freedom of free-falling. But there is a difference: one is encumbered by a parachute on her back and the other is free from this burden. Which person is most free? The one without the parachute feels free--even freer, since she does not feel the constraints of the parachute straps. But she is not truly free. She is in bondage to the force of gravity and to the deception that all is well because she feels unencumbered. This false sense of freedom is in fact bondage to calamity which is sure to happen after a fleeting moment of pleasure. That is the way many women (and men) today think of freedom. They judge it on the basis of immediate sensations of unrestrained license or independence.... But the mature and wise woman does not seek this freedom by bending reality to fit her desires. She seeks it by being transformed in the renewal of her desires to fit in with God's perfect will (Romans 12:2). The greatest freedom is found in being so changed by God's Spirit that you can do what you love to do and know that it conforms to the design of God and leads to life and glory."
(Grudem, Wayne and John Piper. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, pages 38-39. Crossway Books.)

Just as a person flourishes when the will is conformed to God, the culture will only flourish when it is inside God's will. We are already witnesses to the squashing of womanhood and unbiblical Amazonian infiltration today. As Harvard professor Ruth Wisse observed, "By defining between men and women in terms of power and competition instead of reciprocity and cooperation, the [women's liberation] movement tore apart the most basic and fragile contract in human society, the unit from which all other social institutions draw their strength."

The modern family is fragmented and dysfunctional. The modern mother is nonexistent. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, but what of the cradles that remain neglected? Motherhood has been the scorn of the modern Amazon woman. The result of campaigning against motherhood has been monstrously destructive, costing countless members of the present generation the advantage of mothers who took seriously the precious responsibility of raising Christ-seeking children.

Women who love Biblical womanhood should be on the "endangered species" list. Few women dare to step away from the crowd and search for God's face instead. Our culture cannot afford any additional Amazon women. Christian women, young and old, married and single, cannot idly allow themselves to be enveloped in the genderless masses.

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Wow, I have never heard of this tribe before. Good application to the current widespread feminist movement.

If men weren't allowed in the tribe, how did they have children at all? Hmm...

Great post! I know that appearing to be tough enough not to need the help of men is a temptation that's easy to fall into. Though hopefully I'll never take it as far as the Amazons supposedly did! :)

grr...
just kidding. I love the connection--and the warning. They disappeared suddenly. Was it God's justice?
Surely we need to guard against this!

I love the analogy of the parachutes. Coming from someone who's been on both sides of the fence, this is very true.

Excellent comparison Hannah! I’m looking forward to reading the next part!

Thank you for this story! A good reminder that failure to follow God's law has consequences for entire cultures.

Great post! Quoting nearly everyone who has posted already, I really like how you linked the Amazon's tribe with modern-day feminism.

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