Equal rights should be praised between all genders, classes, races, and religions. This makes for a great democracy. But what about at the expense of one’s dignity? The Catholic Church holds that male and female are uniquely different, but equal in dignity. One is not better than the other, as we can see the uniqueness of each role.
For instance, men throughout the Testaments and Church history have been the ones to fight, lay down their lives, and head rebellions and revolutions. I don’t know how to put it more delicate than to say what it is: men are somewhat expendable to bring about a better world. Woman, on the contrary, with equal dignity as a created human, has not ever been so actively in the role of a bloody sacrifice, but has instead played the role of perpetual love and service. Thousands of men will lay down their lives, but a woman’s beauty, compassion, charity, and essence can win wars.
This would make sense if man and woman were made in the image and likeness of God. God became a man and won the greatest victory of all mankind through his bloody sacrifice. Millions of men have laid down their lives for lesser gains since. Through His Church the beauty, charity, compassion, service, and other typical feminine qualities of God are available to the whole world. God in the one hand fought, won, and laid down His life in the greatest battle between good and evil, and in the other He embraces, cares for, serves, and desires the salvation of the whole world, even His enemies.
Woman in the West has traded in her dignity for the sake of a false freedom and equality, first through her rebellion against her male partner in the early 20th century, then her rebellion against herself in her bra-burning, against her own fertility through contraception, and finally against her very nature of beauty, love, service, and compassion through abortion. The Western woman sees the Eastern woman as the slave because she might be expected to act or dress a certain way, presumably limiting her freedom. But what is the greater good? Losing the right to wear low-cut shirts to maintain the dignity of a woman, or to lose all of one’s dignity for the current idea of freedom and equality?
Now, in the news, it appears the U.S. military will allow the further perversion of woman’s dignity by allowing her to fight alongside men in the front lines of conflict. This places men in a unique role: not protecting the dignity of woman for which he has fought so long and hard for throughout the history of the world, and instead, allows her to bleed and die beside him. No wonder these at war with the dignity of woman are so much at war with our Church! We hold a virgin woman above the angels in heaven, the mother of our Lord!
If we don’t fight and die for the dignity of the human person in America, for what do we struggle for? Do we dare call it freedom?