Daniel P. Barron

Male Chauvinist

Sunday, April 15, 2018 

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Her: Hey I’ve been thinking about a comment you made the other day. You said something like you didn’t mind being a male chauvinist. I wasn’t sure if you were joking or not, but I would encourage you to look up the definition of a male chauvinist and see if it is consistent with Scripture. I don’t believe that it is. Consider if that is how you would like to be classified. I’m open to discussing this with you. Hope you have a blessed day.

Here are a few verses to meditate on: Phil 2:3, i 1 peter 3:7, ii Cor. 11:11-12, iii Gen.1:27, iv John 13:16 v

The Bible says the woman is weaker than the man and is not the head of the family, she has a different role, but less intelligent or to be degraded by the male, would have to be proven biblically. I feel that male chauvinism is not humble or loving. I do not see Christ exhibiting that behavior with women in the Bible.
Me: when i look it up, it says it’s about patriotism, vi so in that sense i’m definitely not one

Her: Are you in any sense of the word?

Me: the other definition was “excessive loyalty to a group” vii which i think also doesn’t describe me, seeing as how excess is not good

Her: How ‘bout in the Noun form?

a male who patronizes, disparages, or otherwise denigrates females in the belief that they are inferior to males and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit.

Me: i’d say that doesn’t describe me. I mean it in the “women are the weaker vessel” sort of way.

Her: Well you described yourself using that term so I just wanted to make sure your thinking aligns with scripture. Most people wouldn’t think you were talking about women just as the weaker vessel in the context that you used it in. Just exhorting you to be careful with your speech, that’s all. Hope you have a blessed day.

Me: On further examination:

patronize: treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority.

Is not a husband the superior? viii

disparage: regard or represent as being of little worth.

Are we not all of little worth? ix

denigrate: criticize unfairly; disparage.

Obviously an unfair criticism is no good, but it seems like a subjective way to describe the term. Whoever has these criticisms probably thinks they are fair. Or do they say “i know what i’m saying isn’t true but I say it anyway” ?

As to the “deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit,” this is indeed Biblical. Women are not to speak in church; x this is a benefit men have that women do not. Moreover, women desire to rule over men, but man “shall rule over” her. xi Women must also pray differently. xii

I do not make the claim that women are less intelligent than men, but it seems to be a Biblically sound notion that they are weaker, inferior, and deserving xiii of less than equal treatment.

  1. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.


  2. 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.


  3. 1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.


  4. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


  5. John 13:16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.


  6. a person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism.


  7. showing or relating to excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for a particular group or cause.


  8. See:

    1 Peter 3:5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.


  9. See:

    Isaiah 40:17 All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.


  10. See:

    1 Timothy 2:11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.

    1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.


  11. See:

    Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said:

    “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
    In pain you shall bring forth children;
    Your desire shall be for your husband,
    And he shall rule over you.”


  12. See:

    1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.

    13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.


  13. deserving: worthy of being treated in a particular way, typically of being given assistance.

    worthy: having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way.


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