BECK: The role of women in marriage

Averi-Alexya Beck is a junior mass communication major from Shreveport, La.

When discussing gender roles, many women, mostly feminists, say they want the relationship to be neutral as far as what the responsibilities are. Since the Biblical days, both men and women have been expected to uphold “their part” in a relationship. 

Women are expected to be subservient and submissive to their husbands and men hardworking for their wife and family. Women were also expected to stay to themselves and take care of household duties.

Titus 2:4-5 says, “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” 

The Bible also says that the man is the head of the household. People often mistake this quote to mean that the wife gives the husband leeway to do whatever he pleases.

The conflict with this now-a-days is that independent-minded women feel as if this biblical standard needs to be “updated”. 

They feel it makes it seem as if women have less value than men, and they are not good enough or strong enough to do the things a man can.

These days, women are pursuing the same careers as men, and climbing up the chain of command, too. So the modern independent woman feels as if staying home to take care of the house and family is a restraint because they are completely capable of much more.

When it comes to a marriage, the modern independent woman believes that there should not be roles. She wants to find a career of her liking and bring in income just like her husband. She wants to be able to have her own finances and make her own moves without worrying about approval or disapproval from her husband.

To sum it up, women just want to be equal! We want to be respected equally in a relationship and have fair opportunities.