"Advice such as 'Just do what feels right' may not be the compass we need to chart our relationship course. There are many reasons that could account for this -- many of the social revolutions and cultural shifts in the past decades brought us to our current situation. Still, we cannot go back in time, but must live in the present. So, we are trying to pull from the best lessons handed down to us --tried and true advice we've gleaned from our friends, parents, social scientists and scholars ... By doing this, we hope to truly thrive and have the best relationships -- friendships, families, romance -- possible!"
"By building up strong, savvy women of integrity," they contend, "We will help promote healthier, happier communities and stronger friendships and relationships between men and women."
With more women like these trying to help us better understand what true freedom and liberation is -- not a battle of the sexes or a conflict of rights between a mother and child -- any of the resonance of the "war on women" rhetoric thrown at Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney for simply daring to defend the dignity of human life and religious liberty starts to crumble.
As was first stated in 1965: "The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why at this moment when the human race is undergoing such a deep transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling." When we start to look at one another, and ourselves, with a deep respect for who we are and why, there is liberation to be found.
It's easy to buy into hurtful untruths about men and women and how they relate to one another. It's easy to fail to properly treasure the gift of procreation and life. And it's all too easy to suppose that the editors and readers of Verily don't have a friend in Rome. But there's no war; they're not enemies. Together, they're making progress.
(Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online www.nationalreview.com. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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