The Cult of True Womanhood, and Other Deep Thoughts

Monday, March 5, 2012

When I was in college, I learned about "The Cult of True Womanhood," from a wonderful woman, Dr. Vecchio. I'm pretty sure that she would smile now at how my views have evovled. I remember when many of us in class quizzed her on how she got to that point in her career, how she managed to do it with children, and what her secrets were. She admonished us, "Don't try to plan it out so exactly. You can't predict how it will all unfold."

She was right.

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11 Responses to “The Cult of True Womanhood, and Other Deep Thoughts”

  1. Hi from soli...great article...I love to hear young woman get and embrace true womanhood...each generation has a more difficult time standing in this thankful for your voice....well done...keep being that true woman...and with no need to apology for it:)  blessings~

  2. and how life took us to places we did not expect to go! But God holds us, leads us and we follow. Thanks for the insightful post!

  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and reply, Ro. The world puts a lot of misperceptions out there about womanhood and motherhood, I think. My realization came when I discovered that I can embrace domesticity and still be working hard and worthy of respect. 

  4. This is a great article...honest and balanced. It's interesting how God bends us and shapes us in ways we'd never imagine...taking us places that sound confining when they are actually freeing. Thanks for sharing. Gail

  5. Your words express well what true womanhood looks like in this life we call ours. Not defining ouselves by labels but fully living because we follow Christ in all areas of life.

  6. As a woman, mom, and teacher, I'm delighted to see a reference to the Cult of Womanhood on a Christian blog.  Way to go!

    18 months ago, God opened the door for me to return to fulltime teaching, and I was stunned by how difficult it was for me to accept His invitation without wondering whether I was stepping outside who He wanted me to be as a mama to my school-aged children.  The cult of womanhood is still alive and kicking, maybe moreso in the church than anywhere else.

    Thanks for offering your encouraging perspective.

    Blessings to you!

  7. Exactly - what once seemed confining is not and vice versa. It is amazing how things change.

  8. Thanks, Shelly. I was so limited before, when I clung to labels. Appreciate your comment!

  9. Thank you! I'm honored by your comment. Best wishes to you as you step back into full time teaching. My mother was a teacher and my father was a school superintendent, so I have all the respect in the world for what you are doing. 

  10. I needed this tiny thought...the part about not being too concerned about the how, but allowing my future to unfold.  Thank you!

  11. Yes, I need to think about that often. My tendency to over-plan can sometimes choke the future. Better to simply be responsible while trusting that God will provide.