Reconsidering an earlier assumption from the Serpent’s viewpoint.
Targeted Readership: Men
Theme: Female Agency and Accountability
Length: 700 words
Reading Time: 3.5 minutes
Deti, Sharkly, and others have cited the story of Adam and Eve as proof that women have agency. It is reasoned that since God held her accountable, then she must have been morally accountable, and thus, she must have had moral agency.
But being held accountable doesn’t necessarily mean she did in fact possess agency.
In a follow up post, it was determined that moral agency is a result of having experience and being held accountable. Discipline and accountability is what helps build a sense of moral agency. The primary shortcoming in dealing with women today is that they are NOT held accountable and are therefore NOT developing agency. Although it is altogether proper for those who possess agency to be held accountable, accountability itself is not a result of possessing inherent faculties of agency.
So let’s reconsider the account of Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Of all the things that make women’s agency weak, e.g. ignorance, easily deceived, easily tempted, fleshly desire, solipsism, vanity, and so on, Eve’s fault was succumbing to temptation (Genesis 3:6) and deception, “the serpent deceived me and I ate” (Genesis 3:13). Maybe discontentment could fit in there too. If we take her statement as a true fact, then Eve’s response shows a level of introspection that is beyond that which we are used to seeing in modern women. If this is the case, then it seems she was pretty honest. She didn’t resort to bulverizing, denial, gaslighting, hamsterbating, or any of the other defense tactics that we often see coming out of women. (Maybe she did, but it is not recorded.)
I’m wary of the risks of reading deeper into the scripture, but it’s a matter of speculation whether she was being honest about being deceived or if she was always aware of her wrongdoing at some level and was shifting the blame. IOW, it’s hard to tell whether she was a willing accomplice or if she was truly scammed.
In addition to her statement, there are two other things that lend evidence that Eve was truly beguiled.
- Women are easily deceived. It’s hard to know whether this inherent weakness in women’s nature is a result of the Fall, or if women were like this in the pre-Edenic state.
- The serpent didn’t eat the fruit, but God held the serpent responsible and punished him.
If we look at what Eve did, not what she said, as per the usual Red Pill protocol for discerning the truth about women, then it is clear that no matter what the reason was, Eve failed to exercise agency at a critical moment and then all of mankind fell into sin.
Did anyone ever consider that maybe Eve didn’t have moral agency, or at least, not enough to restrain herself from swallowing, but that God held her accountable anyway? If this were truly the case, then this might raise the objection that “God is not fair.” But when we read through the rest of the Bible, where exactly do we see God being “fair”? The unpleasant truth is that God is NOT “fair”, according to our human estimation of fairness. God deals with each person individually. God has his own concept of justice that is difficult for us humans to understand.
It is common for us to see Adam’s primary sin as joining Eve in eating the fruit. But God said He punished Adam, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree” (Genesis 3:17). Note there are two reasons. Have we ever considered that maybe… Maybe his more egregious sin was in NOT holding Eve accountable, and this is what is implied by “heeding the voice of your wife” as opposed to him giving her a voice to heed — an inversion of authority. His eating the fruit is mentioned second to this because it just made the situation all that much worse.
Who knows how things would have turned out if Adam had smacked the fruit out of her hand and imposed Frame? All we know is that no one was held accountable until God stepped onto the scene, and by then it was too late.
Bottom line: If anything, the account of Adam and Eve shows that Eve did NOT have agency, and Eve’s lack of agency proved to be a weakness in Adam’s moral agency.
We’ll have to find another example of a woman exercising agency to make a solid case for women having agency, like Esther, Rahab, Ruth, or Sarah — and we would still have to recognize that even these examples would be extremely rare outliers.
- Dalrock: Every woman’s battle. (2018/11/8)
- Σ Frame: What is a woman’s desire for her husband according to Genesis 3:16? (2020/10/23)
- Σ Frame: Do women possess moral agency? (2022/11/2)
- Σ Frame: Donal Graeme on Female Agency (2022/11/3)