Saturday, March 29, 2008

True Feminism

In response to Brekke from my previous post on the 'Ideal Woman':

Brekke - thanks for the comments - you're not being a bother. I can see where you're coming from.

"True feminism" though, could hardly be a more relative term. The term 'feminism' is tossed around so loosely these days that we can barely pinpoint what we're talking about when two of us use the same word.

Feminism at its best - that is, the sort of 'feminism' ideal that more than a few Christian women openly aspire to is primarily about justice. There's certainly nothing wrong with seeking justice (and even fighting for it using ethical means).

But we must be extremely cautious in this endeavor to draw a sharp line of distinction between seeking justice and promoting egalitarianism.

In the real world, instead of a search for justice - the feminist movement has for some time been promoting a doctrine of mere egalitarianism (and not just economical but also idealogical). Our culture has bought it hook, line and sinker. You can see it in our movies and hear it in our songs.

Still, when I refer to feminism I'm not talking about the idealogical Christian-feminism (if such a term isn't a contradiction) that merely wishes to end unfair treatment of women. Such a ideology is perfectly noble and it is for that reason that I do not refer to it as feminism. In the real world, the percentage of ideology labeled feminism which is averse to the true gospel approaches 100%. That is why, to me, feminism is a highly negative word while I do recognize that what some refer to as "feminism" is morally acceptable - even laudable.

Now on the subject of stereotypes - there's nothing wrong with generalizing. We do it all the time and will continue to whether we like it or not. I don't have time to examine every individual feminists' viewpoint on each subject so I generalized. Pointing out an exception or two would, of course, fall far short of proving my generalization inaccurate.

Thanks again for the comments.

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