Good morning! Welcome to another Femininity Friday. This is the day of the week when we discuss issues specific to being a woman. Topics range from health and fitness to femininity and feminism. Lets jump in.
Feminism has been all over the media lately due to the endorsement of many celebrities. Beyonce announced her support of the feminist label in bold letters at her concert. Taylor Swift came out as saying that now that she understands what a feminist is, she definitely is one. Those are justa few of them. People are now thinking feminism (and therefore being a feminist) is no longer a scary or bad thing thing. In fact, being a feminist is the cool thing to do. I saw an article recently that floated through my newsfeed saying that everyone is now a feminist and if you aren't... well that is because you don't know any better.
But is this a good thing? Is society so messed up that feminism is necessary to balance out the constant discrimination that women face on a seemingly daily basis according to feminist? Some women say that it isn't necessary, not only that, but feminism is flat out wrong. They have formed their own camp of thought called anti-feminism. Anti-feminism has been around for a long time but they are becoming more vocal in light of the rise of feminism's new found popularity.
So which one (if any) of these is right for a Christian woman?
To answer this question is going to take several posts. So this is the big announcement that I have been talking about on social media recently. We will be beginning a series studying the differences in between the feminist and the anti-feminist camps.
We will begin with a simple explanation of the definition of feminism and the definition of anti-feminism.
What is a feminist, exactly? I have listed out and put a short explanation of the various types of feminism here. (Feel free to check them out. If I have missed any, please let me know!) If you Google the definition of a feminist the answer you get is, "a person who supports feminism". Not super helpful. So then I looked up the definition of feminism which says, "the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality with men". Ok, that makes more sense.
What is an anti-feminist? The simple answer is someone against feminism. If you Google the definition of an anti-feminist the answer that you get is, "opposition to feminism in some or all of its forms...one opposed to women or to feminism; a person (usu. a man) who is hostile to sexual equality or to the advocacy of women's rights."
Over the next couple of weeks we will break down those definitions to get a better understanding of each camp. We will be looking at the Bible, academic texts, articles, news sources and more to get a clear image of what each group believes. Then I will check those beliefs with What I Believe and form a decision.
While this is a bit more academic and a little less relational that the things I normally write, I still want to encourage constructive conversation about the topic. I would love to hear any suggestions, thoughts, or comments that y'all may have!