Feminism: Secular and Biblical Concepts

In mid-May 2010 I did a short post of feminism. A viewer of that post wanted me to expound more on how I thought feminism integrated or could be discussed with respect to the bible.

My initial comments in that post stemmed  from a superficial understanding of the topic. To oblige my viewer and because I like learning I will spend more time analyzing the subject.  As I learn you,  I’ll share my education and insights with you all. Eventually this series will come full circle and tie into the original post where I ask, “Does Feminism Integrate With The Bible?” (May 16, 2010)

So let’s move on. First I went to Wikipedia* to see what was already presented about feminism  Excerpts from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism gives:

Feminism refers to political, cultural, and economic movements aimed at establishing greater rights, legal protection for women, and/or women’s liberation. Feminism includes some of the sociological theories and philosophies concerned with issues of gender difference. It is also a movement that campaigns for women’s rights and interests.[1][2][3][4][5] Nancy Cott defines feminism as the belief in the importance of gender equality, invalidating the idea of gender hierarchy as a socially constructed concept.[6]

According to Maggie Humm and Rebecca Walker, the history of feminism can be divided into three waves.[4][7] The first wave transpired in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the second occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, and the third extends from the 1990s to the present.[8] Feminist theory emerged from these feminist movements.[9][10] It is manifest in a variety of disciplines such as feminist geography, feminist history, feminist theology, and feminist literary criticism.

Feminism has changed traditional perspectives on a wide range of areas in human life, from culture to law. Feminist activists have campaigned for women’s legal rights—such as rights of contract, property rights, and voting rights—while also promoting women’s rights to bodily integrity and autonomy, abortion rights, and reproductive rights. They have struggled to protect women and girls from domestic violence, sexual harassment, and rape.[1][11][12] On economic matters, feminists have advocated for workplace rights, including maternity leave and equal pay, and against other forms of gender-specific discrimination against women.[13][14][15] Although the terms feminism and feminist did not gain widespread use until the 1970s, they were already being used in public parlance much earlier; for instance, Katharine Hepburn speaks of the “feminist movement” in the 1942 film Woman of the Year.

Even in just a few paragraphs there is so much here for a rich, engaging discussion!

Concepts to ponder
1. Via the feminism definition from above which stands for  political, cultural, and economic movements aimed at establishing greater rights, legal protection for women, and/or women’s liberation, I ask,  What woman finds time to do all this and still be wife, mother, and career woman?”

2. All this progress sounds like a monumental task! And while women haven’t necessarily expected men to forge and/or enhance the feminism movement shouldn’t we? Can women truly expect to make such comprehensive  gender equality inroads without the male who is the head of our society?

Well enough for now…

(*I love Wikipedia! And yes, I know that it is not counted as the most credible by some but it can usually give you a basic start of understanding on so many subjects!  :-)

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