Women in general and even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preference for sexist men over egalitarian men according to five studies carried out by scientists from the University of Kent and Iowa State University. It turns out that no matter what political or philosophical background they come from, women prefer the muscular guy with money who opens doors for them to the weak and skinny egalitarian dude that will treat them just like one of the guys.
And in other breaking news a new study confirms that water is wet. Ok that second study was fake. But you get my point. Anyone who lives around women, works around women or has sisters knows what these studies concluded is just common sense. Yes, there are those rare women, feminist or otherwise, that actually prefer the weak and skinny egalitarian dude that treats them like one of the guys but most women don’t operate that way.
Below are some conclusions the study found according to an article from the dailymail.co.uk:
“Benevolent means well-meaning or kind, and experts define the sexism as men who, for example, think women are more delicate or should be cherished or looked after by a man.
This is different to hostile sexism in which women are degraded, such as saying a woman’s place is in the kitchen.
Sexist attitudes were the norm for decades, particularly after the Second World War, and saw men as breadwinners and women as homemakers.
But this has shifted in recent years as gender attitudes change, more women focus on their careers, and couples increasingly share their parenting duties…
Women are more attracted to men who are sexist because they think they are more willing to protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship, scientists say. Men who are considered to be sexist in a well-meaning way – for example if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them – may be more attractive.
Even though women find these men patronising and can feel undermined by them, they are more likely to want to couple up with them than with men who don’t give them special treatment. Researchers say women may be hard-wired to think the benefits of being with a kind but sexist man outweigh the downsides.
The scientists maintain that, despite romantic and flattering elements of the relationship, even well-meaning sexism reinforces the idea women are inferior. And even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preferences in the study by British and US researchers…
In the study, women’s attraction to this willingness to invest is traced to a more basic hard-wired survival instinct, in which females choose mates in order to improve their children’s chance of survival.
A male who is more likely to be protective or provide food for the family would improve the chance of offspring surviving, the study explains.
This may have in turn shaped women’s psychology to make them subconsciously prefer men who are a bit sexist.”
The Great Lie of “Sexism”
In our American as well as other western cultures today, we are taught a great lie. We are taught that if a person believes that someone’s gender determines what roles they should or should not perform in society that this person is holding an immoral belief. The term “sexist” was coined in the late 1960’s by feminists and was employed as a scarlet letter of sorts to shame and ostracize anyone who held to such “unequal”, “outdated” and “unfair” beliefs about gender.
In fact, another word “misogynist” was used to ratchet up the heat on those who held to such “ancient” beliefs. If you were a sexist, then you were also a misogynist or hater of women. This same tactic was used in all kinds of social movements to paint anyone who believed in any different rights or privileges for anyone of any kind as being a “hater” of that group.
For instance, in 2018, we are told that if you believe both illegal and legal immigrants who are not United States citizens should not have the same rights and privileges as US citizens then you are a called a hater of immigrants.
But God’s Word shines a light on this great lie that believing men and women should have different rights and responsibilities somehow is hatred of women or immoral. The belief that women should be “Barefoot and pregnant” or in other words get married, bear children and be homemakers is clearly backed up by the Bible:
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”
1 Timothy 5:14 (KJV)
Were Sexist Attitudes the Norm Only After World War II?
“Sexist attitudes were the norm for decades, particularly after the Second World War, and saw men as breadwinners and women as homemakers.” Really? Every time I see statements like this it makes me laugh. The reason it makes me laugh is because of this myth that people teach today that somehow these “sexist” views of men and women were somehow new after World War II.
For the entire history of mankind these were the roles that societies across the world cast men and women into. Were there exceptions to this rule? Yes. Did some women have higher educations and careers throughout history? Yes. In other cases, did many women help their husbands out on their family farms or other such family businesses? Certainly. Were there families that were so destitute that the woman was forced to go and work away from the home while the children were cared for by another family member? Absolutely.
But the point is that this was not seen by society as the ideal to strive for. Societies across the world prior to the Second Wave feminism of the 1960s very much held what we call today a “sexist” belief that men are to be providers and women are to be homemakers.
Three Different Kinds of Sexists
These studies came up with two categories of sexist men. One they labeled as a “Hostile Sexist” and the other as a “Benevolent Sexist”. I actually agree with them that there are multiple categories of sexist men but I would expand it to three categories of sexist men as opposed to just the two.
The Hostile Sexist Man
This study says that a man has hostile sexist views toward women if he believes “a woman’s place is in the kitchen”. The truth of the matter is that God’s Word reveals that the “kitchen”, or in other words the caring for the food needs of the home, does in fact belong to the woman as we see in the passage below:
“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”
Proverbs 31:15 (KJV)
So, if believing in different roles for men and women is not the Biblical definition of being a hostile sexist what is? We can find the answer by looking the follow passages for the answer:
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.:
I Peter 3:1 (KJV)
“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”
Colossians 3:19 (KJV)
As we can see according to the Bible, a hostile sexist man is one who dishonors and has bitterness toward women.
Now Christian feminists would seize upon those two words “dishonors” and “bitterness” to fill in their own definitions. I have been accused by countless readers of showing dishonor toward women and being bitter at women. But it is not dishonoring to women to teach what God teaches about women. It is not dishonoring to women to teach that God did not give men and women equal rights and equal responsibilities.
It is not showing bitterness toward women to share of the hurts that I have suffered at the hands of my first wife when she committed adultery or my second wife when she has sexually denied me or disrespected me based on her feminist background. It is no more bitterness toward women to share of these hurtful things women do toward their husbands than it is for a woman’s site to share stories of emotional or physically abusive husbands.
I have actually warned men on this site many times not to allow their hurt or even righteous anger toward sinful behavior on the part of their wives to turn into bitterness. I have had men come through this site throughout the years and display actual hatred toward the female sex and I have condemned such hatred.
The truth is that all these false accusations of me hating women is just a cop out on the part of my detractors. These false accusations are what is called “ad hominem attacks”. This is when someone attacks the person presenting a belief or an argument rather than the belief or argument itself. These kinds of false attacks actually display the weakness of those who oppose the beliefs I espouse based on the Bible.
Believing in gender roles and hating feminism does not equate to being hostile toward or hating women. This is part of the great lie we are told today and as Bible believing Christians we must combat this lie with the Word of God.
The Benevolent Sexist Man
The studies we are discussing defined the benevolent sexist man as one who is “well-meaning or kind, and experts define the sexism as men who, for example, think women are more delicate or should be cherished or looked after by a man”.
This Benevolent Sexist man displays no hatred toward women but on the contrary he practically worships women.
But is this behavior what the Bible calls for on the part of men toward women? The answer is no. Some might respond with the question “Doesn’t the Bible tell men to cherish their wives?” Yes, it does. It is absolutely true that the Bible commands husbands to cherish their wives as we see from the Scripture passage below:
“28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church”
Ephesians 5:28-29 (KJV)
In the minds of most women today to cherish means to worship. That really is the whole idea of romance. Romance is about a man making a woman’s happiness the central focus of his life. How many songs do we hear where men say things like “you’re the meaning in my life, you’re the inspiration”.
It is absolutely intoxicating for most women to hear men tell them that they can think of nothing but her. They only have eyes for her. Women love it, they just eat it up when a man tells them that their happiness is his most important goal in this world.
But the truth is that this is NOT what the Bible is saying when it tells men to cherish their wives.
When the Bible tells men to cherish their wives it is telling them to protect their wives. When it tells them to nourish their wives it is telling them to provide for their wives’ physical needs. So yes, the Bible tells men to be providers and protectors of their wives but it never tells them to worship their wives or make their wives happiness the central focus of their lives.
This study reveals that women are attracted to these benevolent sexist men and why wouldn’t most women be attracted to men like this? If a woman were to find a man who wants to provide for her, protect her and worship the very ground she walks on why would she not be attracted to this from a human perspective? Having someone who wants to be our servant, do whatever makes us happy and provide us with a house, food, clothes, money and also protect us from those who would do us harm would be attractive to many women and men for that matter.
A lot of Christian husbands today are actually benevolent sexists in how they date and in how they conduct themselves as husbands once they marry. It is not wrong that they feel a duty to provide for and protect their wives. It is not wrong that they want to display kindness toward women in general or their wives in particular. Those traits are good traits that we as Christians should honor in men. But where these benevolent sexist Christian men fail is in worshiping their wives and making their wife’s happiness the central focus of their lives.
A Word on Fake Benevolent Sexist Men
Before I continue to the third type of sexist man we need to recognize the reality of men who fake being benevolent sexists. The truth is that many men while dating will play the part of the benevolent sexist only to reveal later on that they are actually a hostile sexist. A lot of men know that worshiping a woman is the key to getting sex from her. They have their mission, so they size her up and they do what it takes to get to their goal. Some of these men go for the one-night stand where they worship a woman all night long acting like they want a long-term relationship only to disappear in the morning. Others will see the relationship through until marriage and then after marriage their true hostile sexist mentality is revealed. And just as a side note – there are men that fake being egalitarians too just to get in the ladies’ pants. There are myriads of these men in Hollywood and across America.
The Biblical Sexist Man
The Biblical sexist man believes very much like the genuine benevolent sexist man that God wants him as a man to provide for, protect and commit to a woman in marriage. He also believes God calls him to be kind and compassionate toward women in general and especially his wife in particular.
This Biblical Sexist man does not act in hateful ways toward women as the Hostile sexist man neither does he engage in woman worship as the Benevolent sexist man does.
The Biblical sexist man worships God alone and at the same time shows proper love and honor toward his woman not only by providing for her and protecting her by also by leading her as Christ does his Church and teaching her and correcting her by washing her spiritual spots and wrinkles with the Word of God.
He knows that to worship his woman or make her the central focus of his life would betray the purpose for which God made him, women and intimate relationships between men and women.
The Scriptures tell us God’s purpose in making male human beings in the Genesis account:
“26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. “
Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
The Apostle Paul gives us divine commentary from God further elaborating on the Genesis creation account:
“3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God…7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
I Corinthians 11:3 & 7-9 (KJV)
Paul points out to us that God created man to be his image bearer and he created woman to help man in playing out his image bearer role. Man could only fully image God by being a husband and a father. This is why God created woman and marriage to help man fulfill this task. God shows us this purpose in marriage the same chapter that tells men to cherish(protect) their wives:
“22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church”
Ephesians 5:22-28 (KJV)
God created marriage so that man and woman could model the relationship of God to his people and thus this would help man to fulfill his purpose to image God. God wants husbands to love their wives as he loves his people. He wants men to sacrificially love their wives, he wants them to teach and correct their wives and so wash their spiritual spots and blemishes with the Word of God. He wants men to care for their wives as they do their own bodies by protecting them and providing for them as they would their own bodies.
God also wants women to submit to and serve their husbands as mankind is to submit to and serve God. A wife’s mission is her husband, her children and her home. In regard to her husband, her mission is to help him fulfill the mission God has given to him.
The Biblical sexist man knows that to make his wife’s happiness the central focus of his relationship with her would be to betray his purpose to image God as a husband to his wife. He knows that he must lead her, teach her and correct her and this will not always make her happy. He also realizes that as part of his leadership of his wife he must teach her to live out the truth that God made him to serve God by imaging him and he made her for him to help him in his mission.
In other words, one of the greatest duties a Biblical sexist man has in his marriage is to teach his wife that their marriage does not revolve her desires and her happiness. Instead every Biblical sexist husband must teach his wife that he is to focus on his mission to image God and she is to focus on her mission to serve him and help him in his mission.
The Biblical sexist man also knows though that while his relationships with his wife and children are vital parts of his overall mission to image God they are not all God has for him to do. God is not just a husband to his people or a father to his children but he is also an inventor, a builder, a teacher, a worker, an artist, a writer, a warrior and a ruler. So too God calls men to be in these different roles and in doing so they image him. The Scriptures tell us the following concerning men and their work:
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
“Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.”
Psalm 104:23 (KJV)
“Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion…”
Ecclesiastes 3:22 (KJV)
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Psalm 90:17 (KJV)
Reclaiming Sexism For Christ
To often we as conservatives and Christians allow liberal Christians and non-Christians to define the language of our discussions. Leftist and secularists are masters of taking words and twisting them for their perverted purposes. Take the word “gay” which at one time simply meant “happy”. This word was hijacked to represent homosexual men.
Some may be shocked at the title of this section “Reclaiming Sexism For Christ” because in our culture we associate Sexism with bad behavior. But we as Christians serve a God who is in the business of reclaiming things for his purposes. The cross was once a symbol of shame yet Christ took it and made it a symbol of hope and salvation. Even the term “Christian” was once used as a derogatory term in labeling followers of Christ. But again Christians took what was meant as badge of shame and made it a badge of honor.
In the same way we as Christians can redeem the Sexism and specifically the word “sexist” for Christ. When people say they can’t stand “sexists” that is our opportunity as Bible believing Christians to share with them the truth of God. I have actually done this on many occasions. I have told people in these conversations that I am a sexist but when I explain to them what kind of sexist I am and why believe what I believe from the Bible often times they have never heard the Scriptures I present.
In fact I was just at a dinner recently with family where I shared why I was a sexist and one woman was astonished at the Scriptures I presented. I explained to her that in no way do I hate women or ever want to see women as a gender demeaned or dishonored. I explained to her that we as men should honor our mothers and our wives as God commands. But I said I also believe that God created men and women for very different purposes. I told her that because I believe men and women should do different things based on their gender that makes me a sexist.
She asked “Why have I never heard these Scriptures in Church before?” And I told her because our churches have been infested with feminism and the vast majority of Pastors have simply bowed to our culture.
I told her that God calls us as Christians to live counter to the culture. He calls us to not conform to the patterns and thinking of this world but to be transformed by his Word. In this way I was actually able to use the term “sexist” as a way to teach the truth of God’s Word.
The fact that women are attracted to sexist men who are strong and can provide for them is not simply some hardwiring left over by evolution. As Christians we know this is by the design of almighty God.
The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 11:9 that “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man”. Every part of a woman’s being was made for man and his benefit. Woman was perfectly created for her task by God. In doing this God created woman as “the weaker vessel” (I Peter 3:7) because God wanted her to need man’s strength as mankind needs God’s strength. God created woman to be beautiful and he created her to desire to be beautiful because God desires the beauty of his people (Psalm 45:11). He created her to be a companion and the bearer of his children.
God created every desire a woman has to help man fulfill his primary mission to image God. God planted in the female human nature her desire for the strength, protection and provision of man. He did this so that man could be the strong protector and provider to woman as God is the strong provider and protector to mankind. The man would desire to protect and provide for a woman and a woman would desire to be protected and provided for by a man. It was a beautiful and glorious picture that God meant to be painted. He setup the pieces perfectly.
But sin corrupted God’s plan for man and woman. Sin warped and twisted a woman’s desire for the strength, protection and provision of man into a desire to make men their servants, rather than their masters as God intended it to be. Instead of desiring to serve her husband and follow his leadership, her sin nature causes her to desire to control her husband (Genesis 3:16).
Application for Christian Men
- Will you as a Christian man repent of any dishonorable behavior or bitterness that you have toward women as a gender or even particular women in your life?
- Will you as a Christian man accept that your desire to protect and provide for a woman is not wrong but is in fact right in God’s eyes?
- Will you as a Christian man accept that your desire to lead a woman and your family is not wrong but is in fact right in God’s eyes?
- Will you as a Christian man stop being ashamed of your masculine nature and accept that this is in fact the image of God in you?
- Will you as a Christian man accept that worshiping women is just as much a sin in the eyes of God’s as being hostile toward women?
Application for Christian Woman
- Will you as a Christian woman accept all God’s design for you as a woman and not just the parts you like as in your attraction to strong men who are able to provide?
- Will you as a Christian woman reject your sinful inclination to be worshiped by men?
- Will you as a Christian woman reject your sinful inclination to be the center of your husband’s life?
- Will you as a Christian woman accept that you were created for man and that he was not created for you?