BY FRANCIS OCRAN
The subject of womanhood has attracted diverse opinions since their introduction. Different people have shared their thoughts on who women are, their strengths, role, weaknesses, etc. Some have argued and never come to an agreement on the complexity of who they are.
Here is my take.
Basically, a woman is a man who is endowed with a womb. You will understand this as you read further. A woman is a special creation of God who is given special abilities. These abilities range from being a carrier of the seed of a man, a nurturer as well as a nurse, etc.
Let’s look at some of these special abilities.
The woman as an influence:
The first woman to ever walk the earth known as Eve first introduced man to a tree that the man had been instructed by God not to eat of. This is definitely not a write-up to
have a theological discussion on who did right or wrong; my interest is in the fact that though man had received instruction not to eat of that tree, he ended up eating because it was the woman who brought it to him. Though scripture explicitly states that the man was with her, (which I believe he knew where the fruit was coming from), he didn’t ask questions, but went ahead and ate it anyway.
‘’And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and GAVE ALSO UNTO HER HUSBAND WITH HER; AND HE DID EAT. ‘’
I believe therefore that the woman is endowed with a special grace to influence multitudes.
The woman as a seed carrier:
The woman was specially designed by God to carry seed and produce another kind of human after a period of nine months. This she does when she consummates her love with her husband through sexual intercourse and conceives, thereby after receiving seed form the man in the form of a sperm, which goes to fertilize an ovary in her womb and
subsequently causes the cycle of human creation in her womb.
Her body undergoes a period of changes and like an elastic material, her womb protrudes and expands for a period of nine months, after which her sexual organ expands for another human being with a unique destiny, gifts, and other abilities to come out to join other existing humans.
Though the experience of giving birth comes with pain, which has the capacity to rupture her heart, thereby resulting in the loss of her life, she is the only person endowed with the special grace of being the entrant for other human beings.
‘’… in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…’’
The woman as a nursing mother, nurse and nurturer:
The woman is endowed with the special grace to nurse and nurture. As a nursing mother, she feeds her children with breast milk, weans them of it, and feeds them gradually till their teeth grow and are able to chew meat and break bones. As a nurse, she treats wounds and hurts which are not just physical but emotional and psychological as well. She almost always knows how to find the place a person is hurting so she can administer carefully the right medicine to cure that ailment.
As nurturer, she is able to groom people to become responsible adults. Someone once said that if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you end up educating a nation. [ref. Dr. Kwegir Aggrey].
Thus, when a woman is given the chance, she is able to direct people into what and where their passions lie so they don’t become frustrated adults in the long run.
As people who nurture, they have special qualities like tenderness which are found in their arms, which don’t tire though their bodies mostly ache out of frequent carrying, loving ,kindness which is found in their hearts, and encouraging words which are found on their tongues.