One way to study a time in history is to learn what its prominent philosophers and thinkers had to say. Over the next several weeks, we want to look at very specific feminists from each of the waves in order to better understand why feminism has been so prolific and so dangerous.

In this episode, I broke the rules a bit and went back even farther than the first wave of feminists in America. I want to share with you the life of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. She is notable not just because her mother wrote THE feminist tract of all time (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), but because in authoring Frankenstein, she influenced literature and film in such a prolific way that one might even be able to argue that the genre would not exist as it does today without feminism. Join us!






  1. Dorothea

    Loved episode. Including the closing version on of the hymn. Can you share the artist’s name?

    • Brooke Gerlach

      I found it! It’s “Psalm 100 (Make a Joyful Noise)” by Brian Sauve

      • Sandra Ward

        Thank you for finding and sharing it! I came looking for the same thing!

  2. Gabriya Snell

    Catching up on missed episodes from the podcast, and just listened to the review of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood.” I was very disappointed in what felt like a deliberate misrepresentation of the book, which had solid, peer-reviewed, academic information. Summer, I was astounded that when Joy asked if Dr. Barr had more evidence with her question of “What if Paul didn’t mean for us to focus on the household codes,” you said, “No.” I don’t want to make assumptions, so I will ask, did you purposely lie to Joy and the audience, and leave out her historical evidence which greatly supported her point? You don’t have to agree with the point, or even anything in the rest of the book, but altogether leaving out the presented information is very misleading. And I’m also greatly concerned as to why domestic abuse was called an “inconvenience.” This podcast episode felt like a slap in the face to those of us who understand the reality of sex-based suffering all too well. As someone who works closely with abolishing the sex trade/trafficking, I can tell you that female suffering at the hands of men is very real and common today, and it isn’t just an inconvenience. I’m not one to ever leave a comment like this as I don’t want to seem condemning or like I intend to cause strife, but this disturbed me so much that I felt I should say something. Perhaps if so many women, not mention sisters in Christ, are saying they have been hurt by a certain theology/worldview, it may be good to listen. I hope you might prayerfully reconsider what was said, sisters. I am rooting for you.

    • Summer Jaeger

      I don’t know why you would root for someone that you think is a liar. That’s odd.

      I understand that she wrote an entire book on a subject. She did not give biblical exegesis for her unbiblical positions (and its no wonder!). As a Christian, I don’t really care what her positions are if she cannot demonstrate, from Scripture, why she holds those positions. I know how she feels about a lot of things after reading this book. But she did not argue for those things from the text. I know she made an argument about the household codes. But again….they had absolutely ZERO to do with the text of Scripture and were instead grounded in a weird, unbiblical hermeneutic. I am not sorry for saying so.

      God bless.

  3. Christina Miller

    I’m a little late to the party, but what an interesting episode! I’ll be bingeing my way through the rest.

    Question: do you have a list of recommended reads on the various waves of feminism, the personal writings of feminist leaders (as you recommended in this episode) and the history of the French Revolution?

    Thanks so much for your work.


  4. Lindsay Coggin

    I was interested in the volcano, Mount Tambora. This article talks about how Shelley could not enjoy the outdoors because of the drastic change in weather. The summer of 1816 was called “The Year Without a Summer”. So very interesting.

    I too always thought the Enlightenment was good. The last two years have prompted me to understand the whys behind our current landscape. Nancy Pearcey (Total Truth), Doug Wilson, and especially Joe Boot have been very helpful in understanding what the Enlightenment truly was and how philosophy influences our thinking.

    Love the critical thinking comments. My kids and I just went through the Critical Thinking curriculum by Worldview Foundations (Elizabeth Urbanowicz).



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