World Wide Female Rule

English novelist Martin Amis declares here that the world would be a better place if it were ruled by women. He thinks women are kinder and gentler and we would all be better off if women were in charge.

Is it possible that the English gliterari can be any stupider? Why should women necessarily be kinder and gentler than men, and even if they were why would that make them better rulers?

Any of us could quickly compile a list of friends, family and celebrities who are female who are pretty nasty pieces of work. Scheming, manipulative, gossipy, foul mouthed, lascivious, immodest, neurotic, screaming, swearing, materialistic, greedy–a whole breed of Cruella de Villes.

Good. Then we could just as quickly compile a list of men who are brutish, violent, immoderate, sexist, lustful, foul mouthed, lying, scheming, psychotic, angry, unfaithful, lazy animals–a whole breed of pigs.

But then, looking on the sunny side of life, we can all go through and make equal lists of men and women who are absolutely wonderful.

Martin Amis needs to read his New Testament. There is already a list of qualities required to make the world the brighter, happier and more peaceful place he is searching for: It’s in Galatians 5.

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

The world doesn’t need to become more feminine. It needs to become more filled with the Holy Spirit.

  • Just another mad Catholic

    Good post Father, I remember that it was this epistle reading (15th Sunday after Pentecost) that lead me to abandon the SSPX.

  • Patricius

    Yes, Father, but the hand that rocks the cradle…

  • Equus nom Veritas

    Well met on all points. I would add–as an extension of you lists of "bad" qualities characteristic of men and women–that teh end result is that our world would look just as bad as now, but in a slightly different manner. I am reminded, for example, of a certain quote by Florynce Kennedy that "If men could get pregnant, then abortion would be a Sacrament." It would be equally accurate to say that if the Florynce Kennedies of the world were in power, abortion would be a sacrament (or as near as it could be made to one in the absence of a Spirit-guided Church). Heck, it practically is The Sacrament of the radical feminists movement already. And this is just one example.The problem isn't that the leadership of the world is not feminine enough (a great many men today are quite effeminate), nor that it is not masculine enough (though having more masculine men and more feminine women wouldn't necessarily hurt things), but that too few of either take sincere guidance from God, preferring instead to pay lip service in exchange for receiving votes, often (but not always) form other people who are paying little more than lip service themselves.

  • cricket

    As for me, I'm still looking for a bumper sticker that says, "Don't blame me. I was against women's suffrage in the first place!"

  • Suburbanbanshee

    That whole "Thatcher had no feminine qualities" was a rather weird thing to say. Love her or hate her, as PM she was a lot more like an average woman her age than most of the women in Amis' circles seem to be.Doesn't he go to stores, or meet people's moms, or do anything with women who aren't just swishing around in pink dresses and simpering? And are they sure this isn't some kind of reprint from 1962?

  • justrobnj

    Anyone who thinks life would be better if women ran the world doesn't remember high school very well.