Three of the best words I’ve heard in my life are, “It’s a girl.” Those words are right up there with, “It’s a boy.” No difference whatsoever. But I am a part of this culture, where the births of both girls and boys can be celebrated.
A new documentary titled “It’s a Girl,” has the subtitle, “The Three Deadliest Words in the World.” The film deals with “gendercide,” which is the forced abortion of baby girls in China, India, and some other countries. Eric Metaxas, in a column this week at breakpoint.org, brought my attention to the matter.
It is hard to comprehend the appalling nature of such thinking, but then I remember some of the attitudes I detected in my younger years. Boys sure seemed to be valued more; even a kid could pick it up. This attitude sadly lingers among some today.
There is a great ethical distance between sexist attitudes and sex-based abortion, but sexist attitudes make sex-based abortion possible. And sexist attitudes have killed the spirits of many girls and women. I’m glad many others have not allowed such thinking to hold them back.
As a man and the father of three daughters (and three sons), I simply am disgusted with some of the attitudes men have toward women and girls. Scripture teaches it should be otherwise.
“But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:25-28 NRSV)
We need to work to bring international pressure against “gendercide.” Shadowline Films’ documentary tells the stories of women who are pressured to actually kill for a son and of mothers who would do anything to save their daughters. A trailer of the film is on YouTube, and there is a web site devoted to promoting and distributing the film to groups, including churches.
But as we work regarding this international situation, we ought also to look at our own attitudes about gender issues. We have come a long way, but we have farther to go.