I’m late I know but I’m really mad busy (watching the football) and I didn’t want to have the day pass though without acknowledging International Women’s Day. This is me and my baby girl and I think because of the work of those who went before, she will have plenty of opportunities to make the life she wants to live. Sometimes people get a bit huffy and say you can’t be a Christian if you are feminist and vice-versa. I would just ask (and I know I have said this before) if you are a woman
- Do you vote?
- If you buy a house with your partner – do you expect to have your name on the deeds?
- If your husband gets a bit fed up with you and runs off with the maid – do you expect not to be thrown out on the street – losing all rights to see your children?
- Do you expect not to see the words “Males Only” in an advert for a job?
If you take these things for granted, it is the feminists that have gone before that you need to thank. And if what you want to do with your life is to stay at home and care for your family and build a good life for them, then feminism doesn’t want to stop you – it is about you having the same opportunities that’s all.
In church, people sometimes talk about feminism or women in leadership going against hundreds of years of tradition. I’m not really a natural leader but I think
- Tradition – “the handing down of statements, beliefs, customs” isn’t always a good thing. There are children suffering fgm every day because it has been done that way for generations.
- If God doesn’t want women to minister – why does he keep giving them something to say and gifting them to say it?
There are people more learned than myself who say that the New Testament is scattered with examples of women leading, ministering and sharing the Good News. It is also full of women cooking, doing housework and running families. There are also plenty of women being healed, hearing from Jesus directly and even having him save their lives. It is full, therefore, of vibrant, alive females – living their lives to the full, in the manner they were called to, under obedience to Jesus. If that is feminism and I believe it is, for an individual female to be given the chance to be the person God wants her to be without having to be put into a restrictive box, then I think you can probably call me a feminist.