Book Review: The Privilege Of Being A Woman

The Privilege Of Being A Woman Book Cover The Privilege Of Being A Woman
Dr Alice Von Hildebrand
Personal Growth, Spirituality
The Catholic University of America Press
August 15, 2005

Synopsis: Women historically have been denigrated as lower than men or viewed as privileged. Dr. Alice von Hildebrand characterizes the difference between such views as based on whether man's vision is secularistic or steeped in the supernatural. She shows that feminism's attempts to gain equality with men by imitation of men is unnatural, foolish, destructive, and self-defeating. The Blessed Mother's role in the Incarnation points to the true privilege of being a woman. Both virginity and maternity meet in Mary who exhibits the feminine gifts of purity, receptivity to God's word, and life-giving nurturance at their highest.

This is one of those books I believe every woman has to read!

What I love about this book, is that it questions the very foundations of “feminism” and really shines a light on how secular feminists are doing the very opposite of what feminism claims to do, being pro-women. Alice turns their arguments completely on their head. She revisits bible passages that have been misinterpreted for years, and offers new, profoundly beautiful interpretations. I couldn’t help having the feeling that this is the truth, this is what God intended for this scripture. 

Alice starts the book by offering the two points of view on the female sex, secular and Christian. Beginning with the secular, she quotes famous feminist and author of “The Second Sex” Simon De Beauvoir. Famous for her role in the feminist movement, I was shocked to read some of the beliefs De Beauvoir had about women. Quotes that made me sick to my stomach and hated as a woman. Thankfully that section is short, and the Christian point of view not only highlights the beauty of femininity but the privilege of being a woman.

I loved the part when Hildebrand describes the special relationship women have with God, as it is within the body of a woman that God creates the soul of a child. She refers to this as God “touching” a woman, what a beautiful privilege!

This book will leave you feeling truly blessed to be a woman. Yet keeping intact the respect and love you have for the men in your life.

What a contribution Dr Alice Von Hildebrand has made the lives of women!

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About the Author: Mother of 4 beautiful girls and a beautiful boy. Founder of the website and dedicated stay-at-home-mum. "My inspiration for the website was to create a platform for Catholic Mums to be able to connect with each other for support and to facilitate growth. I wanted a safe place to share thoughts on different family issues, with an underlying Catholic value system."

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