March is Women’s History Month, and the question that should be on everyone’s mind is: what does biology have to do with it?

Instead, in honor of International Women’s day, the State Department and Jill Biden hosted the 17th annual Women of Courage award ceremony. Ten recipients from around the globe took the stage to share their stories.

Among the honored, a biological male beamed.

This man serves as Special Envoy for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Argentina. One of his most notable achievements was advocating to change the name of the National Women’s Conference to the “Plurinational Conference of Women and Lesbian, Cross-Dresser, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Non-Binary Persons”.

Beside him, an Afghanistani woman, who finished high school in secret under terror of the Taliban, clapped. Continuing her education abroad, she became a medical doctor and now aids refugees.

Only in our frivolous, foolish nation are these two comparable. The stories of their courage should be as unparalleled as their sex-chromosomes.

While by no means novel, this intentional blind eye toward men masquerading as women has created chaos from the top down. The monstrous dragon that is the transgender ideology has taken flight from coast to coast. And anyone who stands up to its flame is viciously silenced.

A Christian school in Vermont found this out the hard way.

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The school forfeited a basketball game, refusing to have their high school girls play against a transgender player. “We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” the school explained.

In retaliation, the governing council of Vermont’s school sports and activities of member schools barred the school from future events and tournaments. The council reiterated its “ongoing support of transgender student-athletes” and claimed that this religious school violated state policies on race, gender, and disability awareness.

Just another day of steamrolling actual women on behalf of the most delicate minority. Who, to be clear, are men in lipstick.

To many Americans, this ideology seems to have soared into the public square out of the blue, leaving many to wonder, “How did we get here?”

Yet, more than seventy years ago, the smoke from the nostrils of this dragon could be first perceived.

This smoke was fanned by French philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir with her book, “The Second Sex”. Hugely influential for her American counterpart, Betty Freidan, de Beauvoir pushed feminist goalposts past complementarian equality toward complete androgyny.

Her book, released in 1949, held the sentence that has come to define our time, “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

While I am inclined to partially agree with de Beauvoir that womanhood is more than biological characteristics, it cannot be true that it develops without this initial distinction.

Isn’t the goal of life so often to become what you already are?

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You are born a daughter, but must learn to obey your parents. You are born again into Christ, but you must walk the hard road that is sanctification. You are born a woman, but you must learn to distinguish what is feminine.

Yet for de Beauvoir, the reality of biological sex has no implications for societal behavior.

“As long as the family and the myth of the family and the myth of maternity and the maternal instinct are not destroyed, women will still be oppressed,” she said.

For this foundational feminist, it does not follow from the existence of mothers and fathers and children that there is an institution called family. It does not follow from pregnancy and birth that there is a vocation called motherhood. In other words, biology does not imply behavior. In de Beauvoir’s ideal world, the term “birthing person” resonates.

This philosophy, as insane as it sounds, matters.

Because it is the philosophy behind every set of pronouns, drag show, and child mutilation debate. While conservatives continually champion biology, the draconian agenda does not connect that biology with any metaphysical calling.

How do we, as a country, have a common conversation?

How can we who believe desperately different things about the foundational nature of humanity live together in civil society?

First, we conservatives might get somewhere by finding common ground so far as we are able.

For instance, perhaps the question, “What is a woman?” deserves a more complicated answer than Matt Walsh’s documentary provides. Of course a woman has two X-chromosomes and the design to bear children. But should she not become more?

I will give you a kick start.

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According to Scripture, woman is the glorifier. 1 Corinthians 11:7 says she is the “glory of man.” She turns a building into a home. She turns ingredients into a meal. She raises disobedient children into productive citizens. She fills where man has built.

The words of legendary Evangelical missionary Elisabeth Elliott capture this sentiment, “To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving… the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.”

If conservatives can search for the answer to this question in a meaningful way, through the restoration of the family, in revived commitment toward marriage between one man and one woman for life, in the Words of the Creator, then we just might get somewhere. 

A study found that American women in 2006 were less happy than in 1970. Why, when there is more freedom, wealth, accessibility, and opportunity? Why, when the promises of feminism have been fulfilled to the full?

Perhaps because femininity was tossed to the side in the process.

It is time for Americans to reconsider the feminist agenda, in order to save our women.

Otherwise, the only place left in society for ladies will be on their knees groveling beside Drew Barrymore before the feet of Dylan Mulvaney.

With a dragon breathing fire down their necks.

Catie Robertson is an intern with the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Government.

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