In my Facebook feed I saw an article titled, “Why everyone should be a feminist.” It struck my curiosity nerve. It never occurred to me that, as a male, I could be a feminist.
My warped understanding of feminism is that it’s an anti-guy movement. I have believed this because of quotes like this from Gloria Steinem: “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Timothy Leary also writes, “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”
Not all feminists believe women should be set above/against men. Such moderates view full humanity and equality of men and women as the highest ideal of feminism. Their common tagline states “feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”
Despite my warped understanding, I’m unsure where to turn for help. Who are those trustworthy leaders within this movement? And what value, if any, do they hold for the church?
This led me to ask more specifically, “Is feminism a Christian value?” Does a demand for gender equality originate with God? Can it be found in the Scriptures? What, if anything, must this equality look like?
And are there parts of feminism which should necessarily be left behind? What, if any, needs to be extracted out of cultural feminism before what remains can be celebrated by Christians?
Let me establish parameters for this conversation as I’ve done previously.
#1 – Be respectful. No one has time or energy to listen and respond to divisive and disparaging remarks.
#2 – Listen in order to learn. It’s amazing the benefits that can come from shutting up and listening to others. Too often, we don’t listen. What we do is wait for the other person to shut their cake hole so that we can open ours. We experience competing monologues rather than dialogue.
#3 – Respond with your thoughts. We do want to hear from you. So share. You may be in the majority or the minority. Either way, your comments will challenge, encourage, and create more conversation. Just because you are familiar with a concept or theory or author or leader does not mean we are. Share what you know!
To get the ball rolling, let me ask the following questions:
* What is your understanding of feminism? Where did this understanding originate?
* Are you FOR/AGAINST feminism as it’s been communicated to you? Why?
* What do you believe is the church’s/bible’s call to Christians as we consider this issue?
As always, thank you for participating in the conversation at justcor.com!