Ray Rice Presents Feminists – and Feminism – With a Serious Conundrum

In reflecting on the latest developments involving now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, there is one demographic which, ironically, has remained noticeably silent on this issue: feminists.

This is interesting to me personally because at the heart of feminism, particularly within its more extremist and radical elements, is the desire that women be treated more like men are in all realms and spheres of life and society.

Now, given their self-absorbed objective, one would think feminists would collectively applaud Ray Rice for possessing the wherewithal to treat his then-fiancee (now-wife), Janay, like a man.

On the other hand, for feminists to decry Rice’s behavior would paint them into an ideological and morally relativistic corner, would it not, being placed in the position of having to acknowledge the fact that women are inherently different than men and should be treated as such, thereby, forcing their misguided egalitarian dream to collapse upon itself. 

“You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” 

(1 Peter 3:7)


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Darrell B. Harrison

Lead Host Just Thinking Podcast

Darrell is is a native of Atlanta, Georgia but currently resides in Valencia, California where he serves as Dean of Social Media at Grace To You, the Bible-teaching ministry of Dr. John MacArthur. Darrell is a 2013 Fellow of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI) of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and is a 2015 graduate of the Theology and Ministry program at Princeton Theological Seminary. Darrell studied at the undergraduate level at Liberty University, where he majored in Psychology with a concentration in Christian Counseling. He was the first black man to be ordained as a Deacon in the 200-year history of First Baptist Church of Covington (Georgia) where he attended from 2009 to 2015. He is an ardent student of theology and apologetics, and enjoys reading theologians such as Thomas Watson, Charles Spurgeon, and John Calvin. Darrell is an advocate of expository teaching and preaching and has a particular passion for seeing expository preaching become the standard within the Black Church.