The Words “Feminism” or “Feminist” – Why They’re Problematic And Aren’t Clear – And Why I Don’t Use the Label for Myself
Just recently, the owner of Spiritual Sounding Board blog brought attention to a post on You Tube, a video by a complementarian guy, who was railing that feminism is supposedly a “rebellion against God.”
I was initially going to post a link to that video and comment on it here on my blog – which I may still later do.
But wow and boy howdy, did I ever get clobbered by two of the blog’s self-professing feminists in the comment box, a woman named Carmen (who is, I believe, also an atheist), and by Lea (who I think has said on TWW blog that she is liberal(?) – later edit: but she was indicating to me in one post she holds more conservative positions than she cares to let on).
As much as I find KAS to be obnoxious and repulsive, my opinion of atheist Carmen has now sunk after our exchange today. I previously felt pretty good about her. I thought she was a-okay.
It’s odd, surprising, and sad, too, because I assumed up until this point that Carmen and I were on okay terms.
I guess not. She sure isn’t making me want to leave the Christianity-Agnosticism limbo I’ve been in to become an atheist, any more than KAS can convince me to re-join complementarianism.
Here is a link to the SSB post in question, where this all went down:
I may be repeating – or even directly copying and pasting – myself from that thread, where I left several comments.
I do not identify as a feminist or use the feminist label for myself, nor do I use the word “feminism” to describe my views.
Though I am a conservative, I don’t always agree with other conservatives in their treatment, understanding, or characterization of feminism.
I’ve written blog posts before explaining how my fellow conservatives sometimes misunderstand some of the concepts that (especially liberal, secular) feminists bring up.
Many feminists appeal to the standard dictionary definition of the word, such as (and this is taken directly from the top of Google’s result page for the word “feminism”),
feminism – the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.
-to draw support for use of the word.