“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” – I Peter 3:7
“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14
God is not an egalitarian. That is not a controversial statement. Neither is saying that the strong should protect the weak. These statements border on the obvious, yet the implications of these ideas can be controversial. The sexual objectification of women, and women specifically, is a sin worthy of being looked at closely precisely because men are the stronger vessel. As I will explain further, objectification and sexual objectification can be perpetrated by anyone. However, because egalitarianism is false, the risk to the weaker vessel is far more significant. Furthermore, the strength of the stronger vessel comes with a greater responsibility. An important and often neglected responsibility. Defining terms and showing that sexual objectification is a serious issue is the goal of this article. The responsibility that Christians, especially men, have in regards to the sexual objectification of women will come in the next article.
The sexual objectification of women is a deep-seated problem in our society. It leads to lust, pornography, sex-trafficking, abortion, and other sins and injustices. It is a sin….
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