Identity Crisis! Part One: Thank Heaven For Little Girls?

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. – Gen.1:27

Who are little girls? What are they to do? As I was thinking about this, a song came into my head – Thank heaven for little girls.

Here is Maurice Chevalier performing the song in the 1958 film, Gigi.

The lyrics describe little girls as adorable, delightful, helpless, appealing. Turn of the 20th Century Paris in a 1958 world brought pretty, carefree, giggling girls to our screen. They danced joyfully, non-sexually in modest dresses. We have Maurice Chevalier observing adolescent teen girls. He admires their attributes with fatherly tenderness. He admits how they grow up into women who can turn men to mush.

Here’s a rancid remix of the same song almost 40 years later in a Mountain Dew commercial from 1996:

I barely have to say a thing! The radical attitude change toward little girls is clearly evident. The world and its culture has foisted so much upon our little girls. In the 1996 video, we see pretty girls doing what boys do. Acting like boys do. Fearless rather than helpless. Bold and courageous rather than shy, timid and fearful. Possessing male attributes in place of female ones. Dressed in body-hugging spandex excused by ‘athletic wear’ labels. Posing provocatively to stir up lust in the onlooking salivating males. The boys stand dumbfounded clutching their poison Mountain Dew, wondering if they’d be up for the challenge. Not the ski-jumping or sky diving challenge, mind you. Big deal that you can jump, little girl. The male beast is still merely fixated on your booty. Sex sells in advertising. Corporate American Greed knows that. Incredibly, the feminist rarely squawks about the ongoing objectifying of women. Yet those very feminists have blurred the distinctions of male and female identity.

I am so sad for our little girls. My childhood seemed so much less complicated. When I was a little girl, I read fairy tales. They spoke of handsome princes, heroes and damsels in distress. I read the entire Little House series. Pa was a hero. So was Almanzo. What wonderful father, husband examples. I felt warm and fuzzy inside and especially, I felt secure, knowing (and hoping I would encounter) men like this in my life. A man like my own dad.

Let’s return to the first video to discuss little girl female attributes. I believe the helpless here is not a negative. It alludes to a little girl’s need for protection.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. – 1 Peter 3:7

Whoa, does that say women are weaklings?

Here’s truth from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

“…Because she is the weaker vessel by nature and constitution, and so ought to be defended: but then the wife is, in other and higher respects, equal to her husband; they are heirs together of the grace of life, of all the blessings of this life…”

Got that, world? Her weakness merely refers to her need for protection. How I long for the days when men wanted to protect women and women wanted that protection. By nature and constitution refers to a certain female nature, her female identity, her innate attributes. I was appalled when I dug up an essay entitled Are Gender Differences Innate? I learned that feminists make a distinction between the terms sex and gender. Sex is defined by the obvious biological differences. Gender refers to masculine and feminine ‘personalities’ which, (according to this paper and WHO and several other sources I discovered), is open to choice. Five-year-old little girls can decide they’d rather be boys. In my day, that was just a ‘tomboy’. Now it’s called transgendered:

How can a five-year-old understand sexuality? How can her so-called-adult parents allow her to defy her God-given biological equipment? These mere babes are being brainwashed through media. Movies and books geared toward children in the recent past decades have sent a warped message to developing minds. Parents are either oblivious or in agreement with it. What this generation needs is a discernment app. But technology can’t create something that’s given by the Holy Spirit.

I must mention that in today’s world, a modernized version of the Gigi scene can easily give you the creeps. We’ve heard it too often on the news. If an old man was watching girls dancing in a park he just might be a pervert. Sadly, our minds go to pedophilia…look so adorable, can’t resist the urge — yuck. Pedophilia, child molestation and any sexual assault is a result of rejecting God’s sovereign created order of male and female. It is the result of a society given over to their reprobate minds and hearts. Romans 1: 22-26 says:

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Fools!!! Is not God’s Word so relevant, so contemporary, so descriptive of our modern day society?

Disney has reinvented classic fairy tales to preach feminism, girl power and self-esteem. Hey, why is it called feminism? There’s nothing feminine about it. They defy everything that is considered the normal, God-glorifying use of femininity. Think carefully when allowing your daughter or granddaughter to watch a Disney film. I’m not bashing all things Disney.  Certainly some can be fun entertainment with endearing characters. Children can be morally unscathed, but only if they have wise Christian parents keeping them grounded in Biblical truth. Be informed. Be mindful that there is an enemy out there. Don’t leave your children vulnerable. In recent years, the Disney female has disguised herself as a man, defied her mother, and basically done her own thing. I’ve noticed an absence of male heroes. Of course, present culture declares women no longer need men. Little girls don’t long for their prince. In fact, they look inside themselves and see their girl power; a power that crushes the glory of the male. From hellogiggles.com, here is a snippet from a glowing review of the 2012 Disney film Brave:

With a soul as wild as her hair, Merida is an ode to the adventurous spirit that lies inside all women. A spirit that many women loose as they get older. Merida’s relationship with her traditional mother also brings into the light the way that old traditions can hold a woman back from her true potential. [emphases mine]

There is so much more I can say about the dark side of Disney films, but I don’t want to wander off subject. Suffice it to say that discernment and diligence is needed in order to raise our little girls to become godly women. Christian mothers  and grandmothers are called to be Titus 2 women:

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Pop culture has trickled down to little girl’s fashions. The girl’s department mimics the slutty junior department of major clothing retailers. This is despicable. There is lace, but not the lace of virginal purity. There is spandex and girl-power slogans on t-shirts. There are sparkles, studs and bling as vile as those of the daughters of Zion spoken of in Isaiah 3:

16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:

17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.

Mom, you are buying your daughter’s clothes. She does not rule over you. She doesn’t have the last word, you do. We’ll discuss this further in another post on female modesty.

Children’s books are another story (pun intended). Forces of darkness rage in the publishing world. Psychology has invaded the fun of reading as evidenced in Magination Press (I’m not knocking all of these books, just acknowledging the psychobabble agendas behind them). Whatever happened to picture books that were written in the name of plain silly fun? See links below for examples of a definite agenda to empower girls and stroke their self-esteem. When you love your little girl, she will know it. She will not wonder if she’s lovable or need to visit the Kingdom of Self-Esteem. Who wants to be lovable in the kingdom of self-esteem? I want to be lovable in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. And I am, in fact, loved more than I can comprehend. What did I do to deserve this? Nothing!

I did not jump. I did not fly. I did not hop, skip or try!

Old books, new books. One book, True book!

Once upon a time little girls were sugar and spice and everything nice. How about bitter and unsavory and everything naughty? These are the new unfeminine attributes glorified in film, books, TV, video games, etc. My heart bleeds for our little girls today. For the confusion they live with; a identity confusion created by a wicked world, a society that does as it pleases, mocking the God who created them. But as the one source of all Truth, the Bible, says:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Who are little girls? What are they to do? Do we wait for them to decide if they want to be boys instead? Do we thank heaven for them?

If we do indeed thank heaven for little girls we should let them be just that – little girls. Thank God for creating little girls.   Thank heaven for their innate female attributes. What are little girls to do at the little girl stage? Just be little girls! They are not interested in sex at that age. They don’t want to know what they’re not ready to understand. They shouldn’t dress like celebrity trash. Let them wear little girl clothes. Let them read cute stories, silly stories, true stories and just plain fun stories. Let us not grow weary in well doing and in mentoring young ladies and little girls, according to godliness.

I have four granddaughters. I thank heaven for my little girls.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/bookfinder/empowering-books-for-girls/empowering-books-for-preschool-girls/

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/09/picture-books-about-strong-girls.html

Great article providentially stumbled upon during my research – https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/transgender-identity-wishing-away-gods-design/

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