Teen Tuesday: Girl Power…Over Men
This Thursday, the girls and I will be talking about Girl Power – but not the kind you think. I have a feeling this week’s discussion will be very lively and fun! Read on, and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂
The phrase Girl Power has often had such a positive connotation among girls and women alike. The feeling of unity among our gender in the face of hardships known only to women and opposition with men telling us we can’t is comforting. Obviously, we need that. Girlfriends are so dearly important for any girl, but especially Christians in our daily walk together. We need each other.
That kind of girl power is not what I’m talking about here. There is an unhealthy type of girl power that many of us, sometimes knowingly, sometimes unknowingly, use unfairly towards the opposite sex. The three ways we’re going to discuss in which women use this type of power are immodest clothing, flirting or trying to be sexy, and sexting. These things make us feel power over men, but at what cost to us and them? It’s important to note that all three of these things no doubt have other causes behind them as well. A sense of power over men isn’t the only reason we do them. But it is a big part of it. Either way, we need to discuss how the media makes it seem like it’s okay to act and dress this way, why it’s not, and how we can do things differently.
Think about what all three acts have in common – dressing immodestly, flirting in a sexy way, and sexting. Why do we do these things? Many would say to get attention, and I would have to agree. We want attention from the opposite sex. But another related reason is that when we get that type of attention from guys, it makes us feel like we’ve one-upped them somehow. Like we now have the power in the relationship. Almost like we have them baited with a hook in their gaping mouths and can yank them around anywhere we want. But is that right? What is the cost to us and our reputation, and what is the cost to the guys we are controlling?
In our discussion, we will go over each one of these acts, discussing the media’s role and the why’s and why not’s. We will also get into what constitutes immodest clothing and why girls are into sexting. In the end, what it all boils down to is what is God’s view on the topic?
Please feel free to add a comment with your thoughts, examples in the media that promote immodest clothing, flirting sexually, and/or sexting, or Bible verses on the topic. Thanks!