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Superbowl Halftime Show: Female Empowerment or Propaganda?



Okay, so I know I’m a little behind on writing about the Superbowl Halftime Show. In my defense that’s because I don’t watch the Superbowl…I know, it’s super un-American of me.


But to be clear, I actually stopped watching after seeing Beyonce perform in 2013. At that time I had two little girls and once I saw Beyonce girating on the stage I realized the Superbowl was no longer a family-friendly event…


But after seeing some posts on social media and online articles about this year’s show, I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about.


What I saw on display was the hypocrisy, and dare I say, darkness, of modern-day feminism.


Before I go any further, let me say this: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are absolutely gorgeous women. And on top of that, God has blessed them with incredible musical and athletic talent. I truly believe they have many, many gifts to share with the world.


However I don’t believe their halftime performance was a true reflection of their natural gifts or feminine beauty. They are both so, so much more than skin-tight costumes and provocative dancing.


As for the performance itself, it was clearly meant to send a message of female empowerment. J.Lo sent out a #Girlpower tweet before the event. The stage lit up at one point to look like the female Venus symbol. And a group of young girls were brought out onto the stage at one point during the performance.


But underneath all the lights, sequins and dancing is a twisted message that serves as propaganda for the confused feminist movement. And many of us don’t even realize what we’re ingesting while we stare at the TV watching.


Here’s what J.Lo said after the event: “The message of standing up for yourself, being a woman - that’s what I want to pass on to little girls - everything about you - be proud of it.”


Meanwhile, here’s what was on display:


  • Women dressed half-naked

  • Women taking off their clothes to show even more skin

  • Women dancing seductively with men

  • Women on a stripper pole

  • Women shaking their barely-covered bottoms


And many of this took place while innocent young girls were on stage. Not to mention all the young girls - and boys - who were watching from home.


I don’t know about you, but when I look at my daughters and want to empower them, I don’t bring out a stripper pole and start booty-shaking. Nor do I share those images with my boys when I want to teach them to respect women...


I know - it sounds ridiculous when I say it like that - but that’s the reality of the hypocritical message of not only the Superbowl show, but the whole feminist movement.


And it is destroying our culture.


Gertrud von le Fort, who wrote extensively about the meaning of femininity, said, “Whenever a woman has been suppressed, it was never because she was weak, but because she was recognized and feared as having power, and with reason; for at the moment when the stronger power no longer desires surrender but seeks self-glorification, a catastrophe is bound to ensue.


This makes me recall the part of the performance where J.Lo was on the stripper pole with her arms outstretched to the side. It appears as if she is imitating Christ on the cross. Below her are dancers bowing down before her.


Is this not a dark reflection of Eve’s mistake in the garden?


The feminist movement is like the serpent whispering in our ear: Take the fruit; then you will be like God.


The apple looked good from the outside. And Eve was told it would empower her - even liberate her. But her “yes” to the serpent led to the fall of humanity.


We, her daughters, continue to be deceived by duplicitous propaganda from the feminist movement. It looks good from the outside. They tell us they are empowering us - even liberating us. But our “yes” is only leading to the continued demise of humanity.


It’s time to call out the lies - to stop the serpent in its tracks.


Rather than accept, or even grow apathetic, to the subtle lies we are fed every day - such as those we absorbed during the Superbowl halftime show - we need to start standing in the light of who we are: human beings who have dignity and purpose that goes beyond the physical and material of this world. We need to start speaking this truth - with our words and our lives!


So here is the truth that I want to share with girls and women:


Our feminine power does not come from our own self-glorification; rather, our feminine power is unleashed when we surrender to God’s will. And God wants our beauty to be a reflection of His divine beauty, not a counterfeit one. He wants women to inspire love, not lust. And He is yearning for us to remind each other of dignity, rather then present ourselves as mere objects.


If we can come up with a halftime show that communicates this authentic femininity, we will really empower women.


And it would set the world on fire...

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