Women are weaker than men. Are you shocked? Is it even legal to say such a thing? Is it sexist? My dictionary says that sexism is arbitrary stereotyping of men or women, based upon their gender. But when you describe a difference between men and women that is grounded in reality, it is no longer arbitrary. Over the course of my life, I’ve discovered some very wonderful differences women have from men. And, women are, in fact, weaker. That is why they compete separately in athletics.
But does being weaker make women lesser? Not according to this verse in the Bible:
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, … – (1 Peter 3:7a)
Husbands are instructed to be understanding of their wives and to show them honor as the weaker partner since, as co-heirs of God’s grace, they are equals. Weaker, but equal: how can that be? Or, perhaps more to the point, why would that be? Is it possible that women’s weakness makes them uniquely equipped for a special function? And also, men, in their strength?
My guitar is very fragile. It must be fragile in order to resonate with a beautiful tone. So, I protect it with a tough case. The case is stronger but it is not better or more important. When I want to play music, most of the time I use the guitar, not the case. But without the case’s protection, my guitar would have been destroyed long ago. Which is more important? It depends on whether you are talking about music or security. The guitar and the case need one another and work together in their separate roles.
As do women and men. “They” say we can’t say such things.
“They” are wrong.