Delightful Rushdoony, on the role of women

"[Eve's] God-given position was such that counsel was her normal duty.... Martin Luther, who dearly loved his Katie, on one occasion vowed, 'If I were to marry again, I would hew a meek wife out of stone: for I doubt whether any other kind be meek.' His biographer... properly asks, 'How would he have fared with a meek wife?' The answer clearly is, not too well"  (Institutes of Biblical Law, pg. 348).

"The Age of Reason saw man as reason incarnate, and woman as emotion and will, and therefore inferior. The thesis of the Age of Reason has been that the government of all things should be committed to reason. The Age of Reason opposed the Age of Faith self-consciously. Religion was deemed to be woman's business, and, the more the Enlightenment spread, the more church life came to be the domain of women and children.... Just as religion came to be regarded as a useless but sometimes charming ornament, so too women were similarly regarded" (349).

"The tragedy of the women's rights movement was that, although it had serious wrongs to correct, it added to the problem.... Instead of restoring women to their rightful place of authority beside man, women's rights became feminism: it put women in competition with men. It led to the masculinization of women and feminization of men, to the unhappiness of both" (351).

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