The Femininity of Women

In the following video, Brad Paisley and Andy Griffith speak to the fact that women have worth.
Women are worth pursuing, and worth waiting for:
What is it about the femininity of a woman that makes her worth it?  What is the great value she possesses?

The physical body of a woman expresses her interior person, or the nature of her femininity.  A woman's body is created to receive the man's gift of self in sexual intercourse, and the empty space in her womb is created to receive the gift of new life.  Femininity, then, is about receptivity.  Physically, emotionally, and spiritually women must first receive a man's gift of self, and then respond to it by making their own gift of self back to the man.   Feminity is also about motherhood - nurturing life, whether spiritually or physically.    The characteristics of receptivity and nurturing life are the mark of femininity in marriage, as well as before and outside of marriage. 

Whether a woman is a mother, a wife, a sister or a daughter she can authentically live her femininity by allowing herself to be served by men, realizing that it is not because she is a weaker sex, but that in order to be a gift to him she must let him serve her first.  The emptiness of a woman's womb reflects the longing of her heart to be filled - to be filled with love.  Women live femininity by allowing themselves to be loved by God and, in a chaste way, by their brothers in Christ. 

Women must let themselves be pursued by men - and in doing so, make men aspire to be worthy of them.  Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, ""To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women."  The woman that makes a man aspire to be worthy to pursue her realizes the greatness of the her femininity, the greatness that Kenny Chesney and Andy Griffith recognized in that song.

Women also must give a true gift of themselves to others to nurture life - to serve others physically and spiritually.  Ultimately, a woman authenitcally lives her receptivity by having an active receptivity to the will of God, and she lives her spiritual motherhood by living a life of charity, caring for other people in a truly feminine way.

Femininity as a Reflection of God
God created woman in his image.  The creative potential of woman, and her gift for nurturing life reflects the life-giving Spirit of God.  Femininity has its source in the Holy Spirit, who is the Lord and Giver of Life, the Comforter, and Advocate.  Femininity also reflects the image of the Church, who receives the gift of Christ and gives herself back to him in responsee. 

Education in Femininity
"The good example and leadership of parents is essential in strengthening the formation of young people in chastity.  A mother who values her maternal vocation and her place in the home greatly helps develop the qualities of femininity and motherhood in her daughters, and sets a clear, strong and noble example of womanhood for her sons"  (Truth and Meaning, 59).