A Call to Defend Eve

Imagine Adam and Eve, in perfect joy walking in the Garden of Eden; the very Paradise created especially for their enjoyment.  Everything they needed was there; everything, including freedom.  The freedom to choose right or wrong; the freedom to disobey their Father.  Any parent understands this bittersweet gift.

Along slithers the slimy serpent, who takes advantage of Eve.  He tempts her and she succumbs.  Eve chooses to disobey, and Adam is mysteriously silent. God created Eve to be Adam’s helpmate.  Shouldn’t Adam reciprocate?  What would Eve have done if Adam, ready to protect Eve, shouted, ” Eve, my love, don’t to listen him, he’s lying!” Would Eve have made a different choice?

Adam was supposed to protect Eve.  Yes, Eve should have resisted the serpent’s temptation no matter what.  Yes, she knew God’s instruction and God expected her to follow the law just as much as he expected Adam to follow the law.  However, if Adam had used the birthright given him by his Father when he gave him dominion over the animals and the earth, Eve would have been much more likely to follow him.  Eve needed Adam to stand up for her and protect her.  But he didn’t.  Where was he?  Rather than stand up for Eve, Adam instead chose silence, then cast blame on Eve.

As much as today’s society tries to convince us that young women and girls do not need men, it is a lie.  It is a lie that has grown since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Suffragette Movement and the Feminist Movement.  Yes, girls and women are valuable in their own right.  And as JP II, (some call the “first feminist pope”) stressed in his Letter to Women and his apostolic letter, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, women are valuable in their own right.  Yes, women can contribute to society in many important ways.  Yes, women have their own unique callings and gifts.

None of this negates the truth that women thrive when supported, guided, and led by their men.  Women thrive when men love them, believe in their inherent dignity and refuse to use them or to objectify them.

I encourage every man, young and old, to speak up for women, to help them recognize their inherent dignity.  “Why can’t they figure this out themselves?” one might ask.  Some women can; most often those who have been nurtured by their fathers.  Many young women however do not recognize their value due to the absence of paternal nurturing.

The short video at found at demandyourdignity.com shows young men imploring young women to claim their dignity and to resist “giving it up” for anyone, except their husband.  They remind young women that their beauty comes from an inner beauty which has nothing to do with how sexual they look or act.  This short video truly inspired me and it is my hope that it will have a similar effect on you.

Men, young and old, you are needed.  Refuse to stand silently by any longer.  Men, be the courageous, brave and protective Adam God created you to be.  Be the man God created you to be.

Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Director & Founder of Triangle Psychological Services in Cary, NC. Dr. Zordich holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education. Dr. Zordich converted to the Catholic faith in 1996.

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Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Director & Founder of Triangle Psychological Services in Cary, NC. Dr. Zordich holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology, a Master's Degree in Education Dr. Zordich converted to the Catholic faith in 1996 and established Triangle Psychological Services in 2007 with the mission of providing expert psychological services consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Dr. Zordich has been in private practice since 1997 first in Pittsburgh and then in North Carolina. Child and teen behavior problems, marital counseling, PTSD, post-abortion healing and psychoeducational and psychological testing are a few of her specialities. She has been an adjunct professor in the University of Pittsburgh, and has presented to parishes, schools, agencies and conferences in both Pittsburgh and North Carolina on early adoption adjustment, internet safety, porn and addiction and building stronger families. She has published Gotcha! Welcoming Your Adopted Child Home: A Guide for Newly Adoptive Parents. You can read more from Dr. Zordich at Dr. Patti’s Blog at trypsych.com/drpattisblog.

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  • J. ELLEN HAUTANEN

    They should also RESPECTwomen. No matter how they look, behave or dress

  • The interpretation on what happened at the Garden of Eden is quite inappropriate. It is pointless to try making up the story so that we can blame both Adam and Eve for what happened back then.
    I do agree in that men ought to be supportive and take good care of women. But in order to say this, the author of this article -who has no Biblical Exegesis knowledge whatsoever- should not bring this to the table. This is a naive misinterpretation of this Bible passage.

  • Mark Chance

    Have you read the account of the Fall? Adam was with Eve during her conversation with the serpent, and yet he said and did nothing but take and eat the fruit that God had told him never to eat. Adam blew it, and Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, make this point.

  • pnyikos

    Excellent reply, Mark. And even if Adam had not been with Eve, he could have refused to take a bite, and then the Genesis story might have played out differently–humanity not punished because the couple, taken as a whole, had not sinned.

  • jmc

    Someone once pointed out, show me a radical feminist, and I’ll show you a woman who has been abused by a man. In my own interactions, I have discovered this to be very true. It may have been a relative, a boyfriend, a husband, perhaps even just a classmate. Nurturing fathers, and even brothers, are the antidote, and can even be a shield against bitterness from abuse that happens later. You come away thinking, yeah, he’s a bad apple, but they’re not all like that. They may be few and far between these days, but the proof is right here on this website. Thanks, Patti.

  • I do believe the book of Genesis says Adam was with Eve when she took some of the tree’s fruits and ate it (Gen 3:6) . The book does not say that Adam was with Eve during her conversation with the serpent (Gen 3:1-5).
    On the other hand, one of the most important principles of Biblical interpretation is that the reader of the Scriptural texts must be sensitive to the genre or literary type of the text with which he is dealing. Hence, t is deeply problematic to read the opening chapters of Genesis as a scientific treatise on History or Cosmology.

  • Mark Chance

    “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, *who was with her*, and he ate it.”

  • David

    Live Encounters, I’m not being sarcastic when I say I’m glad you commented on Dr. Zordich’s article. Know that you have already caused some beneficial catechesis. More on that below. But first these questions: 1. What is “quite inappropriate” (your words) about Zordich’s interpretation of the Genesis account? Inappropriate behavior needs to be identified and you didn’t. Please do so. 2. Tell us how you know Zordich has no Biblical exegesis knowledge whatsoever? You know that means none! 3. I’ll ask again, what is your understanding of Genesis 3. Simply saying you don’t agree with someone is not an answer.

    That being said and asked (Dear Lord, help me with brevity!)…I don’t know biblical Hebrew, but I know some who do. In the Hebrew text of the verses we’re talking about, Genesis 3:1-6, all the verbs the serpent used were in the second person (you)…and wait…plural. In Pittsburghese “yoos guys”! Here in SC, “ya’ll”. So Adam was part of the conversation and clammed up. Adam, because God lovingly gave him free will, not only failed to keep the garden (2:15…he let satan in in the first place), but stood by quietly while the rest of the apple thing unfolded. (Source: Genesis, Part I: God and His Creation, Somers and Christmeyer, Emmaus Road Pub., 2004) This is the first I’ve heard of Dr. Zordich and I’m glad she’s here on CE and in the Church. Thank you converts! (Somers and Christmeyer too). You’ve…second person plural…helped a cradle Catholic to fully embrace the Church I was baptized into nearly seven decades ago. Deo Gratias..

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