Sunday, June 25, 2017

You Can Keep Your Tale, I'll Take the Truth

It is Sunday, and I normally don't post on Sunday. I try to take this day as a time to be with my family. However, I have really had a burden on my heart for a couple of days about something so I am going to share it now. I may write more on it later, but for now, here it is. 

I am sick of seeing articles that talk about the truth and reality of the Handmaiden's Tale, especially on the Facebook pages of Christian women. I haven't watched the show. I refuse to because I read the book in college while pursuing a minor in women's studies and I know now that it is an attack on the Christian faith. The author of Handmaid's Tale calls it purportedly Christian rather than genuinely Christian however, that didn't stop creators of the show using the song, "Onward Christian Soldiers" as the soundtrack to a graphic and disgusting rape scene. I have to ask, Christians, why are you watching this?!? But lets discuss that another day. For now, lets move on. 

I read an article recently where the author states that The Handmaiden's Tale is the writing on the wall (which is a biblical reference by the way!) for women in the United States of America of what is to come. You can read the full article here.  However, today I want to discuss one paragraph more than anything else. The author writes: 
Today, Atwood’s Tale reads less like speculative fiction and more like an appalling worst-case scenario. How far removed are we, really, from the reduction of women to the status of childbearing vessels, allowed no identity, property, family or passions of our own? After all, just in February an Oklahoma legislator asserted that a pregnant woman is just a “host” for the fetus, thereby losing the right to bodily autonomy.
Lets fact check that shall we? The legislator in question, Rep. Justin Humphrey (R), actually said
I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said of women. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant,” he explained. “So that’s where I’m at. I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.
To summarize Representative Humphrey is saying, you had sex, the natural biological repercussion of sex is pregnancy. If you engaged in sexual activity, you need to be prepared to deal with the fact that you may very well conceive a human life. If that happens, you DO NOT have the right to end that life. 


And by the way, calling it a fetus instead of a baby doesn't change the fact that you are ending a life. Don't believe me? Check out the definition of a fetus here. You aren't losing your bodily autonomy, you just aren't being allowed to end someone else's bodily autonomy. But that is a talk for another day. 

Now, I want to address the first part of her paragraph. She asks how far removed are we from a society in which women are reduced "to the status of childbearing vessels, allowed no identity, property, family or passions of our own?" 

Let me introduce you to the American military. 

These brave men and women are currently standing between us an ISIS. They get up and go to work every single day at home and abroad knowing that they may have to give their life in service to, and protection of, our country. The United States military stands between us and being forced to cover your entire body and face, from being beaten and raped as an act of war, and being beheaded in the street

How far removed are we from having our rights taken away? 

The length of all the servicemen standing between us and ISIS.       

And by the way, of those servicemen, 68% identify as Christian

So before you say that Christians are trying to take away the rights and liberties of women, remember who is charging in to the fight to keep the horrors of ISIS from coming here. 

Remember the young men and women facing down the horrors of ISIS so that we don't face them here. 

You can keep your tale, I'll take the truth. 


  1. Odd ending. I wasn't expecting to go down the military road. As I am a military wife and I know that most these people may claim Christian but 85% are not. Anyhow, thats another story for another day. It would be helpful to discuss all the times in scripture God used women (Deborah, Rahab, Esther, Mary, et al.) All these women were used within the context of being submissive, but God used them all in amazing ways. Also, there is servant leadership talked about in scripture when it comes to a marital relationship. This in now way is a picture of what "The Handmaidens Tale" is showing. Also, lets consider the context, if anyone is wondering, of the laws in the old testament which prescribe for the brother of the husband to impregnate his widow. Does anyone understand the times these were in? Women quite literally could not take care of themselves outside the home. If they were given a male child they would have someone to care for them. It was about caring for the widow and carrying on the line. It was in no way demeaning, or demanded of the widow. Its terrifying to see how much God's word is twisted into something horrible and disgusting. There are disgusting things in the Bible, but not because God commanded them so. The Bible shows the good, bad, and ugly of the characters, and because of that we know it is truth. We can see the depths of depravity in scripture, but just because its written in the Bible doesn't mean God intended for us to do it (i.e. rape, murder, child sacrifice, etc.) This is why context and understanding the text is so vital!

    1. That is a great idea for another post.

      I went the military angle because in almost every feminist article there are lamentations about how the Christian male is trying to take away rights from women when in fact that just simply isn't true.

  2. This got me on fire, with total agreement but so much fire lol. What it is is women (also I am a woman) want to be upheld as some sort of goddess, something above and they use the past as this enormous chip on their shoulder and self righteous justification. The fact of the matter is in America we have equal rights, if I went into a minimum wage job they would give me minimum wage-the same as they would give a man. If I went into a job where I bargain for what my salary is it depends on my metal and willingness to accept their offer. Whether I'm paid less than a man is more about what I'm willing to offer compared to what they are. Also I completely agree with what Humphrey said. I am pregnant as we speak and right now I feel the lil wiggle-waum moving inside me. I know, instinctively that this creature is not a part of my body, it is entirely separate. I was never a fan of the 'it's my body' argument but now feeling that other one I know it's completely invalid. I wish we'd stop treating sex as a recreational activity and more for what it is-making new life. I've never read the handmaiden's tale, but I know the premise and if they're saying it's a possible future for women they're more neurotic and conspiracy theory than anything else. The only way I could ever see that happening is if ISIS did take over.

    1. Thank you for the encouraging words.
      Good luck in your pregnancy and birth!

  3. This is such a great article. Love to read it to my husband, see what he's thinking..


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