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Gender: Men, Women, Sex , Feminism Paperback – October 1, 2002
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About the Author
Frederica Mathewes-Green is a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition and a columnist for Beliefnet.com. She contributes to many magazines, including Christianity Today, where she was formerly a columnist. She is also a contributor to the Christian Millennial History Project and a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. Frederica is a popular speaker and writer.
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My one major complaint with this first of four books of selected writings by Green is its repetitive qualities. I recall having read the same few lines in at least a few different places. Perhaps this repetition is due to the fact that the articles originally appeared in different publications .... For each of these publications, Green had to inform her readers of a few indispensable facts relating to the topic and her experience with it. Unfortunately, these facts and ideas end up reappearing throughout the book (I must have read the saying "women give sex in order to get love; men give love in order to get sex" at least three times).
Nonetheless, for all the repetition, _Gender_ contains a great collection of articles, full of inspiring and/or thought-provoking anecdotes and musings on everything from feminism to abortion and homosexuality. Being a former feminist myself, I particularly enjoyed reading the brief chapters on Green's encounters with a few different feminist leaders, the likes of Naomi Wolf and Gloria Steinem. These chapters were colorful and informative, and I flew through them.
The articles near the end of the book on homosexuality were also brief, but they outlined Green's compassionate view of homosexuals, one of 'hating the sin but loving the sinner' that is all too absent from the modern Christian approach to homosexuality. That approach is divided between excusing (or even condoning) the sin and the sinner and, conversely, hating the sin and the sinner. It is clear that Green's loving heart, combined with a historical Christian understanding of the passion of homosexuality, has lent to her compassionate wisdom in approaching such a difficult issue for Christians of the 21st century.
I could probably have done without the length of pages admonishing women to admit that men are not beasts, and that women should thank them for their heroic feats and tempered leaning toward justice and reason. I admit these chapters made me pretty uncomfortable, probably due to my lingering feminist notions and an inborn resistance to humility. Still, they contained some challenging thoughts that will surely stick with me for quite a while, as I continue to flesh out my own post-feminist identity.
Of course, Green's writings on abortion and the pro-life movement, particularly the chapter "Labor of Love," which offers vignettes of different crisis pregnancy centers in Maryland, were wonderful. Green's voice in the pro-life movement, one of reason and love, should be louder. All too often, voices less reasonable than hers resound, stalling a movement that still has much work to do.
I highly recommend this book for those who appreciate learning from Green's fresh (and refreshing) views on both old and new issues. Like her other works, Green's _Gender_ is a thoroughly enjoyable read that combines timely observations with timeless, otherworldly wisdom.