Author’s Note: I wrote this for the blog Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife, and it was posted there on March 6, 2015, under the title, “Being the ‘Weaker Partner’ is a Blessing.” As the title of that blog would indicate, it is written specifically for women by women, so this article was originally written for women as well. Still, the content is applicable to men and women alike. Enjoy!
Even if you reject radical feminism and are totally okay with the idea that the husband is the head of the household, chances are there’s still some small part of you deep down that bristles ever so slightly when you read Peter’s words in 1 Peter 3:7: “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” He has the audacity to call the wife the “weaker” partner! I mean, come on, Peter, what exactly do you mean by that? How are we weaker? Physically? In most cases, that’s probably true, but do we need to point that out? Or do you mean we’re weaker emotionally or even spiritually? Honestly, no matter which way he means it, it sounds condescending.