Feminist, as in I am a Feminist. Feminist. Fem. i. Nist. (And I Blog at Patheos.)

Feminist, as in I am a Feminist. Feminist. Fem. i. Nist. (And I Blog at Patheos.) June 13, 2013

 

There.

I did it.

I said feminist.

Before I came to Patheos, I had a brief flirtation with that other biggie in the religious blogosphere. I actually debated with my silly self as to which was the best way to go.

Then today, I learned that, if I had decided to go to that other place, a large number of the posts I’ve written here at Patheos might very well have been round filed. Of course, I don’t know that they would have been round-filed. I’m just guessing, based on this article.

The reason for this possible round-filing of my deathless prose would, if I am making the right connections here, be that I use the word “feminist.”

I not only use it in connection with a socio/political movement that goes by that name, I use it in connection with myself.

As in, I am a feminist.

I am you know.

A feminist, that is.

The way that women are battered, beaten, raped, tortured, bought, sold and murdered around the globe outrages me. I am a feminist, and I will remain a feminist until our casual acceptance of this mass brutality ends. In fact, my question to every Christian reading this is Why aren’t you a feminist, too?

Do you really think that this sickening degradation and brutality directed toward the life-bearers, the mothers, of humanity comes for anywhere besides the deepest pit of hell?

Every time I say I am a feminist I am saying it for those women whose bodies lie in the dump, the lake, the woods and the shallow grave. I am saying it for the baby girls who are aborted for no reason other than that they are baby girls. I say it for the battered wives and the raped girls who feel shame when it’s the rapist who should be ashamed.

I am a feminist; a pro life, catechism following, Jesus loving unreconstructed feminist who will not give one inch on issues of human rights for my half of the human race.

There.

I said it.

In print.

On Patheos.

Where I can say anything I want.


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4 responses to “Feminist, as in I am a Feminist. Feminist. Fem. i. Nist. (And I Blog at Patheos.)”

  1. “The way that women are battered, beaten, raped, tortured, bought, sold and murdered around the globe outrages me.”

    One doesn’t need to be a feminist to feel the same way you feel about such atrocities. I remember a parochial school nun teaching us that isms are always bad. This was mostly due to isms like Communism, Marxism, etc. I think she would include feminism in with the others. Who knows? Maybe she became a feminist by her own definition.

  2. Yes, you are. And you know perfectly well what you are missing, so you are being disingenuous too.

  3. Well, Rebecca, I’m glad you chose to post here at Patheos, ’cause I never would have found you at that other blog. I work at a university and am surrounded by uber-politically correct feminists (both male and female), and strident man-hating feminists. Ugh!

  4. There are 3 waves of feminism floating around out there. Hence the controversy over the term. First Wave Feminism, aka Susan B. Anthony feminism — that’s you and me, Ms. Hamilton. Second Wave Feminism, Betty Friedan etc. And Third Wave, Lena Dunham et al. I refer to myself as a “Susan B. Anthony Feminist” to keep things clear. Most people don’t know what that means. Some people recall vaguely who SBA was and find it quaint. It gives an opportunity for catechesis, so to speak. Thank you for your blog, for sharing your wide-ranging thinking, and for engaging in conversation with so many and various people here.

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