Quoting Quiverfull: Wombness?

Happy Mother’s Day. In honor of Mother’s Day here’s Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies claiming that as long as you have your womb you are in fact a woman.

My last post was about “homeness.” I thought I would stretch your vocabulary a little further and introduce “wombness.” “Wombness” is not some ethereal imaginative word. It is a reality! It is very much part of who we are as a woman. In fact, we would not be a woman if we did not have a womb! And it also reveals something of what God is like. The womb is more than a place where a baby can be conceived and grow. It is the seat of our compassion.

The Hebrew word “racham” is the word used for a literal womb, but this same Hebrew word is translated “compassion” four times, and “mercy” 30 times. It is the same word that speaks of God’s compassion and mercy. When we embrace our “wombness” we also reveal something of the compassion of God.

I was just reading the meaning of “feminine” in the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary as follows: “Probably from wemb or womb, by the use of f for w. The last part of the word is probably from man, quasi, femman, womb-man). To be feminine is to be “a womb man.”

Don’t despise your “wombness.” It is a very integral and beautiful part of who you as a woman.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Well, golly, this is the most idiotic thing I have read in quite a long time. Quite a few women of all ages have hysterectomies for one reason or another, and these remarks treat them with remarkable insensitivity.

  • At least, unlike the tenets of Biblical Patriarchy which say God is male, she admits that “womb” also relates to the good things God is…

  • Joy

    Hmm, I’ve had a hysterectomy. So since my womb has been removed, am I no longer a woman? And was my sense of compassion also removed then, as the writer says the womb “is the seat of our compassion”?

  • persephone

    Hey, Nancy, I know you hate it, but it’s the 21st century, and we actually study the real source of words:

    woman late O.E. wimman (pl. wimmen), lit. “woman-man,” alteration of wifman (pl. wifmen), a compound of wif “woman” (see wife) + man “human being” (in O.E. used in ref. to both sexes; see man). Cf. Du. vrouwmens “wife,” lit. “woman-man.” The formation is peculiar to Eng. and Du. Replaced older O.E. wif, quean as the word for “female human being.”

  • Sheena Young

    I don’t understand the logic here. Compassion and mercy are inherently feminine because uterus?

  • lodrelhai

    I suspect it would be considered similar to losing our “purity” – certainly God will forgive us for defying his will, but we’ll never get it back, and we’ll never know the full completion and joy God had intended for us because of our rebellion.

    What’s always confused me about this mindset is how using medical procedures to reduce our fertility prematurely is against God’s plan no matter what the reason, but using medical procedures to extend our fertility beyond what I would consider CLEAR signs to stop is glorifying God. So many of the testimonies here include points at which a pregnancy might have been fatal and would have caused sterility, but the people involved insisted the doctors do whatever was necessary to ensure the woman could have more children. I figure something like a ruptured uterus would’ve been an unquestionable sign from God that a woman was done with childbearing back in biblical times, and isn’t that the lifestyle we’re supposed to base our current one on?

  • Baby_Raptor

    Apparently the only way one can have compassion is if you’re willingly popping out children. Interesting to know…I must be an exception to the rule.

  • Nightshade

    And all this time I thought the defining characteristic of a woman was not having a Y chromosome-monosomy X being defined as a female with a single X, so two X’s not even being completely necessary!…silly me.

  • Saraquill

    By this logic, J*sus must have been female.

  • Juniper

    People with complete androgen insensitivity are women with
    an XY, so that’s not a completely reliable test. There are a variety of conditions that cause ambiguous genitalia, but the people possessing these ambiguous genitalia often have a clear idea of whether they are a man or a woman, so that’s not a completely reliable test. The more you try to find a precise biological definition of “man” and “woman”, the more you realize that there is no such thing. And once you realize that, it’s a short step to realizing that the ultimate arbiter of what gender a person is,
    is the person themselves.

  • Juniper

    Right. My mother would be very surprised to find that her hysterectomy makes her a man, or genderqueer. Some women are, in fact born without wombs (mullerian agenesis, or complete androgen insensitivity). This does not make them men, or genderqueer, either.

    But, of course, we can’t let facts get in the way of dogma.