I’m a feminist because

May 29, 2013 in Misc,Theology · 4 comments

Feminism

I’m a feminist because

  • Women are created in the image of God and have inherent value. They deserve the same opportunities, respect, rights and freedoms that men enjoy.
  • Persistent and pernicious patriarchal oppression permeates virtually every facet of society.
  • Men have been running the show for the thousands of years and have screwed things up for long enough.
  • Our culture has marginalized and suppressed women for so long that, even given the chance, far too few women are truly empowered to take advantage of the opportunities afforded them.
  • The Internet, for all its promise of unfettered expression, is still only a reflection of our societal shortcomings regarding gender issues.
  • Whether in movies or television or music or advertising, women are objectified and sexualized and used to sell and market and promote.
  • Women are recognized more often for their outward appearance rather than their inner beauty.
  • Our culture, even when pretending to defy stereotypes, still reinforces them.
  • Stereotypes are bullshit: I know men that excel at cooking and knitting and are stay-at-home dads and love fashion and paint watercolors. And I know women who fish and hunt and drink beer and burp and work with power tools.

I’m a feminist because

  • The institutional Church continues to tolerate, endorse and even promote misogynistic theology and practices.
  • Christians loudly proclaim freedom in Christ, but regularly negate that declaration by relegating women to second-class status.
  • I’ve sat in a chapel service where a female leading prayer was shouted down by quotations from 1 Cor. 14 and 1 Tim. 2.
  • I’ve listened to pastors preach about submission and why women shouldn’t be allowed to teach while their wives silently listened.
  • I know an 18-year-old home-schooled girl who thinks it’s right for a man to make more than a woman for doing exactly the same job.
  • Complementarianism amounts to little more than sanctioned subjugation.
  • Words like submission and headship and help-meet are used as a theological facade to obscure latent misogyny and sexism.
  • Women are not “saved” through childbirth, nor is their value derived from the number of children they bear or whether they get married.
  • Christianity is best advanced through conversion, not procreation.
  • “Biblical” womanhood includes rape, polygamy and servitude.

I’m a feminist because

  • Of Eve, Deborah, Huldah, Tamar, Vashti, Esther, Ruth, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Leah, Dorcas and Junia.
  • Of Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Amy Carmichael, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza.
  • Of Kathie Sarachild, Carol Hanisch, Simone de Beauvoir, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Susan Brownmiller, Shulamith Firestone, Valerie Solanas and Erica Jong.
  • Through Eve we are shown the first glimpse of the gospel.
  • Women stayed with Jesus at the cross and encountered him after the resurrection.
  • The Kingdom of God demands justice.
  • I’ve seen first-hand how a lack of female role models leaves a hole in the lives of women and how a single vibrant, self-confident woman can make a difference in the lives of countless people.
  • I’ve benefited enormously from the eloquent, wise and spirit-filled preaching and teaching of women and I want to continue to learn from them.
  • Within the Christian faith (and despite Christian tradition) I find the deepest resources for recognizing and celebrating women.
  • My wife is the most intelligent, wise, funny, creative and engaging person I know.

4 comments… read them below or add one

JustJohn May 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

you forgot noemi, jesse’s other mommy. david’s other grammaw….

im a feminist because i have had the nerve to be a downtrodden and truly know how it feels under the jackboot of christianity.

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Dan May 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm

thank you?

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JustJohn May 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

my lame humor…

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June July 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

Love this!! I tweeted and shared on FB. Thanks Dan!

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