Women, Women, Women! …And a few young Evangelicals.

This week’s readings were very enjoyable because all of the authors provided insights into different sides of the feminist movement. Ulrich’s article, “A Pail of Cream,” was centered around seemingly contradictory parts of life being able to work in unison. For her, and Mormon women like her, the struggle lies between mixing motherhood and religious beliefs, with intellectual pursuits and the feminist movement. It was very reminiscent of the article from a few weeks back on genocide, and how black women were faced with conflicting identities.

Hardisty’s article clarified how women can be anti-feminists, which seems contradictory as well. She mentioned some things such as how the anti-feminist movement sucks women in, particularly religious women, by lumping in feminists with a wide variety of agendas, and also how women were afraid that their husbands wouldn’t be held to their standards if women weren’t held to their own standards.

For example, you can watch this video on a lady from Concerned Women for America arguing with Scott Blakeman about Planned Parenthood supporting abortion. This organization lumps issues like abortion and homosexuality and divorce, etc. all in with feminism. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDKydHZIV-I.[/youtube]

However, the article was mainly focused on the anti-feminists’ religious beliefs. I’m having a difficult time grappling with these womens’ stance on feminism as truly a gender issue. It seems more of a religious battle from their point of view. The issue is the violation of God’s laws, and not that they just simply wouldn’t be happy with gender equality. It all goes back to the fact that they believe that God wouldn’t be happy with the changes in gender roles.

Wilkins figures into all this because she is talking about yet another group of people who are struggling to juggle the things with which they identify themselves. These young people are turning to Christianity as a means of being accepted, yet they are only accepted within people of the same faith. They then have to struggle to be religious and secular at the same time so as not to appear boring, but also not break any of God’s commandments, which they believe wholeheartedly in.

Mary Daly fits right in with Hardisty, though Daly is much more fierce, in that she focuses on religion’s, specifically Christianity’s, problems with gender equality. While I can completely back up Daly and cheer her on while reading her article, I can’t say that I believe that she would be very convincing to a Christian. To¬†some Christians, her arguments would appear void since they believe that every man who wrote the Bible was completely inspired by God, and that he has the power to assure that the Bible is applicable at any given time, and is in the order, etc. that he wants it. The fact that translations and generations have gone by is beside the point, because when talking to someone who truly believes in it…you’re not going to be able to use any of the arguments that she did. Unfortunately.

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