Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Glory of Woman, Part 1 of 4

Not every modern social movement has proper direction. Even when originally rooted in a good cause, the winds of culture can exert pressure and knock social movements off their foundational principles. With regard to feminism, the push for equal legal status has been a long journey; women have held unequal legal status for most of recorded civilization. In America, it wasn't until the 1800s when women could own land, not until 1920 could women vote, and not until 1978 could women safely hold a job without fear of being fired for being/becoming pregnant. These are healthy and proud achievements. The original feminist cause to eliminate fundamental legal disparities is a worthy cause, but radical feminism overthrows the cause of equality and seeks power.

When I was young, my benevolent liberal arts university offered a course called Feminist Epistemology, which introduced me to the world of radical feminism. It was a wild class. It definitely was like stepping into another universe because objective truth wasn't important; what mattered was the exploration of self and the truth inside your body. I was taught about finding truth through consensus, male oppression, pregnancy as a workforce handicap, population control, abortion rights, gender selection rights, multiplicity of genders (six!), the sacred feminine, God as "she" or gender-neutral, hermaphrodites, gay and lesbian struggles, and other things. Spanning all these topics was a grand theory that modern civilization can not achieve such freedoms because "oppressive male power structures" hindered such progress. Through their patriarchal institutions, men have created systematic oppression, and those institutions must be demolished.

In fairness, my professor never ever openly targeted Christianity or the Catholic Church, but my textbook, which was a thorough collection of popular feminist essays, had them squarely in its periscope. For example, feminist and secularist Simone de Beauvoir called the religion "savagely anti-feminine." Patriarchal oppression was embedded so deep in Christianity, as it was claimed, the entire religion had to be dispensed of altogether! To prove it, several essays contrived novel interpretations (2 Pet 3:16) about Adam and Eve. The essays hardly met any threshold for a serious Bible study, but pieces are worth sharing just to demonstrate the foolishness. Ironically, traditional Christianity uses the story of Adam and Eve to teach the equal dignity of man and woman.