Thursday, October 9, 2014

Femininity Friday: Feminism and Political Equality

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.

In case you missed it last week, we have just started a series about the differences between feminism and anti-feminism. You can read the introduction to the series here. We are trying to establish which school of thought (if either of them) is right for a Christian woman. We will be breaking down the definition of the two camps of thought and tackling a part of that definition each week.

This week we are looking at the definition of feminism.

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".  

The first "ground' discussed is political. That raises the question, what are the political rights of men? To vote, to run for public office, to have freedom of religion... the list goes on. For a full list of the political rights that men have check out the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and the additional Amendments here.  

Women can (and do) participate in all of those activities, without the interference of men. If a woman wants to vote,  all she has to do is register (hopefully research the candidates) and then go vote. Just like a man. If a woman wants to run for office she follows the same rules and regulations as a male candidate. The doors are open, it is up to women to be willing to walk through them. 
In the end, politically women are equal to men. Therefore, advocacy for political equality is not a valid reason to join the feminist cause, since we already have political equality. 
Next week we will be looking at social equality. 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!  

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate your taking the time to thoughtfully lay out your views on feminism vs. anti-feminism! One question I do have to pose for you in this section is about women around the world. Feminism is not limited to advocacy for only women within the United States. Women in many countries do not have political equality, such as the right to vote or run for office. Thus, it seems that advocating for the political rights of women world-wide could be a valid cause to join the feminism camp.

    Additionally, I would encourage you to think about the distinction between political equality "on paper," i.e. those examples you have given, about a women being able to vote and hold office via the constitutional mandates, and true political equality "on the ground." While a woman might have the right to run for political office, when she has her friends, her community, and her Bible instead telling her it is her role to stay home and care for her children, she doesn't truly have political equality. As you can see, this distinction then runs into the next portions of your discussion, regarding economic and social equality.

    Again, while I might not hold the same beliefs as you on a number of topics, I do appreciate that you can put together a well-reasoned argument in support of your position (it seems that a number of conservative-Christian, political-right bloggers cannot, which only serves to put-off conservative-Christian, political-left readers like myself). I look forward to the rest of your arguments.


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