When Vice President Mike Pence stated his view of “not dining, drinking alone with a woman or attending an event served with alcohol without the presence of his wife”, he was subjected to considerable mockery and ridicule, mostly from liberals. Various reasons for this ridicule were cited, but let’s take a look at it from another angle.
Female scholars and feminists including Joanna L. Grossman and Katelyn Beaty described his stance as a ‘discriminatory act’, a kind of humiliation and degrading to female dignity. Joanna L. Grossman even went so far as to associate this statement with a legal standpoint, claiming that “By law, working dinners with the boss could be considered an opportunity to which both sexes must have equal access”.
Others interpreted that his statement implicitly indicated women to be “potential temptation”. Yet, from a religious perspective, temptations are affirmed to exist and apply to both sexes. When Lucifer or Satan turned himself into a serpent to incite Adam and Eva to commit sins, he had to aim at both of them. It would not have worked if only one was involved.
On the other hand, the rampant popularity of Holywood TV and movies nowadays commends sexual freedom. Taking the ‘Friends’ series, for example, overnight sex as a consequence of being tempted by the opposite sex is seen as trendy and inevitable. It would undoubtedly distort moral views related to social relationships and family values. Does it contain even more power of inducement than that produced by the Lucifer serpent of the ancient time?
As for me, I am not annoyed by it at all. On the contrary, I deem it as an act of proper respect for the opposite sex including both the spouse and the female partner. It also manifests a dignified, accountable and credible character.
A person with such a sense of responsibility and sensibility would definitely know how to handle the situation in a proper way at a proper time. So ladies, no need to worry that your right is somehow deprived.
In such a time of depravity like today’s modern world, when it comes to masculinity, aren’t self-control, and uprightness positive traits of masculinity that should be encouraged and applauded rather than disesteemed and condemned?
If you go further to put yourself in the position of the wife, you would be pleased to feel the warmth of being appreciated and cherished. You would find it resonates with what was put in the heartfelt letter of president Ronald Reagan to his son before his wedding day:
“If you truly love a girl, you shouldn’t ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors.”
After all, is it universal that if you are wished to be treated with respect, you should first respect others?