This is taking place within the evangelical Christian world — a part of the church where feminism is often presumed to be a threat, an enemy, or at best a dangerously “controversial” idea. In much of the evangelical subculture, it’s not considered necessary to argue that feminism is bad, or to defend the assumption that feminism is bad, that’s just a given. In that subculture, describing an idea, or a policy, or a person as “feminist” is a form of condemnation.
And yet it’s there — within that subculture — that this Feminisms Fest conversation is taking place. That’s a beautiful thing. So is the bottom-up, not-waiting-for-permission aspect of this conversation. It only takes a spark to get a bonfire going.
This is kind of a big deal.
Here are a handful of links to some of the Feminisms Fest posts that have come through my RSS reader in the past few days. These link to dozens of others by a host of other wonderfully dangerous women writing from within and around the evangelical blogosphere. Give ’em a read.
This is good news. This is a kind of Jubilee.
• From Two to One: My Feminist Coming of Age Story• From Two to One: Why Wouldn’t Feminism Matter?
• From Two to One: Mainstream Feminists Need Religious Feminists
• Love Is What You Do: Feminisms and Me
• Love Is What You Do: An Empowered Woman Is a Sight to Behold
• We Mixed Our Drinks: Ten years of feminism
• We Mixed Our Drinks: Feminism: what’s at stake?
• Christ and Pop Culture: The F-Word: Why Feminism Is Not the Enemy
• Unchained Faith: What Feminism Means to Me
• Unchained Faith: A gift for my children
• Unchained Faith: The Road Behind and the Road Ahead
• See Preston Blog: When the poet prophet @sarahbessey made me a feminist
• Sarah Over the Moon: I need feminism because there is no love without justice