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Beth Moore Quotes on Feminism: 10 Memorable Statements From the Christian Evangelist

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When Christian evangelist Beth Moore, accused by one critic of being a “secret feminist,” talks about feminism, she talking about a woman being secure enough within herself to live her life as she chooses while still being a woman of God – in whatever form that takes. Here are 10 memorable statements:

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1. In “So Long, Insecurity,” Moore suggests women arm themselves, at least figuratively, for meeting life on its home turf: “We can sit around like victims, talk about how unfair all the gender pressure is, and grow less security by the second, or we can choose to become well equipped and get out there and do some real living.”

2. Women are all in this together, Moore says in “Insecurity” – even if she “disdains” you: “The woman I passed a few days ago on the freeway who was bawling her eyes out at the steering wheel of her Nissan needs help. The girl lying about her age in order to get a job in a topless bar needs help. The divorcee who has loathed herself into fifty extra pounds needs help.

"For crying out loud, that female rock star I’ve disdained for years needs help. When I read something demeaning her ex said about her recently – something I know would cut any female to the quick – I jumped to her defense like a jackal on a field mouse and seriously wondered how I could contact her agent and offer to mentor her in Bible study.”

3. Girls need to be valued for what’s inside, she says in a Valentine’s Day post on her Living Proof Ministries blog: “I do not believe it is helpful that our constant go-to compliment to a little girl is how pretty she is. She is also smart. And strong. And thoughtful. And artistic. And creative. And well able.”

4. But girls need to be taught men are people, too, and nothing special, Moore says in her Living Proof Ministries blog: “I do not believe in teaching our girls that men are gods or devils.”

5. Musing on what a woman of God looks like, Moore says on her blog that she can be pretty much anything, good or bad. “She's online dating. She's on call-waiting.

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“... She's out on the ice in her tights, figure skating.
She’s an activist, a lobbyist, a pacifist, a botanist.
She’s thirty years and counting and never more than kissed.
She works for the DA. She serves behind bars.
She builds skyscrapers, she sells used cars ... ”

6. In a favorable mention of her “Insecurity” book, the Back Seat Writer blogger Amy Sondova quotes Moore as saying women have been made less and less secure as time passes. “Our gender has arguably battled insecurity since Eve ripped the first leaf from a tree in the Garden, but our culture has turned a wound into a gorge.”

7. Mary, mother of Jesus, was a woman who seized the day, Moore wrote in “Things Pondered: From The Heart of a Lesser Woman”: “She learned to catch a moment in her hand before it flew away and hold it tightly while she had the chance.”

8. Moore writes in her blog that she wants women involved in the church. “My calling is discipleship and my focus is women. I want women plugged into churches. I want them continually sitting under pastors, shepherds, and teachers.”

9. Girls need strong, secure female role models, Moore tells the Houston Chronicle while promoting her “Insecurity” book: “They have got to see examples of secure women in front of them. It's not what we say to them, it's what they see in us.”

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10. Speaking of role models, Moore muses about Mary’s bonding with Elizabeth, the priest’s wife, when Mary learned she was carrying Jesus: “Can you imagine their conversation over tea? One too old; the other too young. One married to an old priest, the other promised to a young carpenter. One heavy with child; the other with no physical evidence to fuel her faith. But God had graciously given them each other with a bond to braid their lives forever. Women are like that, aren’t they?”

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