Eve in Exile
And the Restoration of Femininity
The swooning ladies of the Victorian Age and the suburban housewives of the 1950s genuinely needed to be liberated. That much is indisputable. So, First-Wave feminists held rallies for women’s suffrage. Then, Second-Wave feminists marched for Prohibition, jobs, and abortion. Today, Third-Wave feminists stand firmly for nobody’s quite sure what. But the modern woman—who uses psychotherapeutic drugs at a rate never before seen in history—needs liberating now more than ever. The truth is, feminists don’t know what liberation is. They have led us into a very boring dead end.
Eve in Exile sets aside all stereotypes of mid-century housewives, of china-doll femininity, of Victorians fainting, of women not allowed to think for themselves or talk to the men about anything interesting or important. It dismisses the pencil-skirted and stiletto-heeled executives of TV, the outspoken feminists freed from all that hinders them, the brave career women in charge of their own destinies. Once those fictionalized stereotypes are out of the way—whether they’re things that make you gag or things you think look pretty fun—Christians can focus on real women. What did God make real women for?
About the Author
Rebekah Merkle has dabbled in a number of occupations ranging from running her own clothing label to designing fabrics to becoming a full-time high school humanities teacher. Her designs have been featured in a number of magazines and she has edited a Brit Lit curriculum for Canon Press. But by far her proudest accomplishment is her crew of five outrageous, hilarious, high-speed teenage children. Her favorite role is that of wife to her similarly outrageous, hilarious, and high-speed husband Ben.
“We’re so excited about this book, we’ve created a course for women here at our church using Eve in Exile. Our hope is to encourage every woman with a biblical vision of femininity: “Feminine glory is fruitful. It produces. It builds. And creates. And it does so in ways that are profound and staggering, surprising and beautiful , frequently messy, hilarious and ridiculous. As we build, as we glorify, as we try to imitate God in our fruitfulness, we should make sure that our vision for what that will look like is shaped by what God himself has shown us.” — Nicole Whitacre
Table of Contents
- The Mythical Fountain of Fulfillment
- First-Wave Feminism
- Psychotropics and Second-Wave Feminism
- Women Dispossessed
- Excusing Boredom
- The Home
- Subduing Made Real
- Filling Made Real
- Glorifying Made Real
Conclusion: Restoring the Paths