A Declaration of Liberation from Our Own Oppression © 1998 Michele Toomey, PhD
Too often we feel that others have all the power and we are at their mercy. As children, girls tend to be taught to be good, and good means thoughtful, caring, respectful, and generous. Disapproval, rejection, and feelings of being bad are, therefore, strong inhibitors of girls. Girls are not usually taught to develop their physical strength, but instead think of boys as strong and themselves as “pretty.” One of the great gifts of women’s team sports gaining public attention is the image of athletic women with strong bodies still looking like attractive, healthy women, and not thin waifs. However physical intimidation is still a potential silencer of women. We are also taught that we need a man, to protect us, provide for us, and to love us and that a man needs us to emotionally protect him, provide a home and family for him and to love him. This would be fine except for that twist of opposites that says, when men fulfill their role they gain superiority, and when we perform our role we are inferior. That is a trap for both genders, and as a result, men often end up controlling women and are burdened by them, and women end up looking to men to make everything outside the home happen and then become dependent on them. When we women find ourselves in that position we become victims of our own sexist approach to our power and ourselves. This manifesto won’t fit you in every way, but in whatever ways it does, grab hold and break out of your oppression of yourself. Declare your liberation from yourself and of yourself by yourself. Unlike physical oppression where another oppresses us, psychological oppression is kept in place by the oppressed. If you are not living as a woman of stature and integrity, this manifesto is meant to inspire and challenge you!
A Christian Woman’s Proclamation © 2010 Jean Solomon Because I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, I commit to being truthful. Because I am approved by God, I commit to receiving respect. Relinquishing manipulation, I commit to having and acting out of integrity. Maintaining my personhood in peace, I love others enough to confront unacceptable behavior. Because Christ has given me authority on earth, I commit to using the power I have for good. Because I am complete in Christ, daily I commit to calling forth my strength, riches, health and wholeness. Because faith is the substance of things hoped for, I commit to doing my part to manifest that evidence. Because He has promised to never leave neither forsake me, I commit to relying on God to help me make things happen. I neither trust nor distrust other women, rather I discern by the Spirit before joining people. I avoid preferring men because of apparent status or traits, rather I commit to valuing people whom God sends to be a part of growth. I commit to rejecting the spirit of fear regarding people, things, or events. Encouraging myself in the Lord and the power of His might, I commit to casting my future with honorable declarations. Jesus paid the price for my freedom and the abundant life, therefore I pay no man anything but the love of God flowing through me. Because He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world, I commit to conducting myself from that perspective with joy. Keeping my peace as the wise, I commit to speaking the truth in love at the appropriate time. I commit to watching and praying as instructed by Scripture. I commit to renewing my mind with God’s Word. Rather than relying on what or whom I can see, I commit to looking to the Giver of all good gifts. I commit to contending for the evidence of my faith. I resist conforming to the belief systems of this world, and I commit to reforming erroneous perspectives by the Word of God.