National Offend a Feminist Week

May 7, 2012

I’m not sure whether it qualifies, but here’s my contribution to The Other McCain’s National Offend a Feminist Week:

Note that I would never have heard of Offend a Feminist Week (much less participated in it) if not for female blogger No One of Any Import, who explains,

It’s fun because, unlike the typical feminist of today, I’m not empowered by victimhood.  I am empowered by throwing off the shackles of political correctness.

Update (May 10th, 2012):  The Camp of the Saints links to this and other offending blogs.  In particular, he calls my attention to True Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, who is doing longer, thoughtful entries about feminism for every day this week:

“Monday: My History With Feminism”.  Sample:

All under the guise of “freeing” women from their chains of oppression. (Which reminds me: when I gave dating workshops for single women over 40 who were looking for love — they would have done anything to have been bound in those chains. But that’s another story.)

. . . While feminism had started as way for women to be treated equally, they now were treating those who did not agree with them with equal contempt. . . .

So after a lot of Bible study and private prayer, I got the message loud and clear that this was not the path God wanted me on. And so I left it.

“Tuesday: Someone Got to Me Before the Feminists”.  Sample:

As a young woman developing my own ideas about my capabilities, strengths, and talents — I found it rather astonishing that many feminists were so quick to lean on the government to create their destinies.

“Wednesday: Where Are the Men?”.  Sample:

My cousin is a very sweet young woman. She is incredibly warm, giving, and compassionate. However, she confided in me that she was having trouble meeting “responsible men.”

Update (May 13th, 2012):  Mrs. Rose finishes the week:

“Thursday: Women Want to Get Married”.  Sample:

It seems that many women are almost embarrassed to admit this — that they want to get married.

. . .

This is the problem women like me have with feminism. It claims to be about choice but choose a path that feminists don’t agree with and you’ll suffer their scorn.

“Friday: I Happily Took My Husband’s Name”.  Sample:

And yes, there are still many women around who love that they have a husband who cares for them enough that they’ll watch over them. It has absolutely nothing to do with “ownership” but everything to do with John 15:13:

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

“Saturday: I Gladly Submit to My Husband”.  Sample:

Marriage has helped me grow because it’s demanded I put aside my own selfishness. As I make the choices to submit in my own way, I feel a little less shackled by that selfishness and a little more freer to be God’s channel of love toward my husband.

“Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day!”

8 Responses to “National Offend a Feminist Week”

  1. Tevyeh Says:

    “Though her face is ugly,
    Her eyes don’t match,
    Take it from me—she’s a better catch.”

    My wife isn’t ugly, but she has one brown eye and one blue. Needless to say, I love this song.

  2. LWSpotts Says:

    I love the idea of this, although at present I have nothing to contribute on the subject. Suffice to say my political & spiritual leanings are probably offense enough, and that was illustrated this past week when a long term friend decided to sever our friendship over a political opinion with which she too offense. Oh well, life is too short to worry about that.

    On a different note, I just read your “about” page, and it is interesting that the name Chillingworth immediately evoked memories of The Scarlet Letter & Roger Chillingworth. Very nice explanation on your choice, and I like it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll come back.

    • Thank you!

      “I love the idea of this, although at present I have nothing to contribute on the subject. Suffice to say my political & spiritual leanings are probably offense enough . . . .”

      Fair enough! No One of Any Import almost says that you can “participate” just by being a wife and mother.

      I’m sorry to hear about your (ex-)friend. I think that happens a lot; I have a few stories myself, and I’ve heard similar ones from my (conservative) friends. My favorite is probably a friend of mine in college, who is plenty liberal, but never took Facebook as seriously as other people, and at some point marked himself “very conservative” on his profile just to be funny. He reports that there was a very noticeable change in how people interacted with him in real life after that (they were a lot less friendly).

      And of course if we want more than individual anecdotes, Pew tries to measure the trend empirically, and finds that liberals are more than twice as likely to de-friend you for disagreeing with them than conservatives or moderates.

      • LWSpotts Says:

        Interesting that Pew’s findings mirror my anecdotal evidence. That was not the first time it happened, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Everyone likes to say they are tolerant of opposing opinions, but the truth is in the actions. Very funny about your friend, but it illustrates the very same, which is a sad thing.

        I’m going to happily continue being completely politically incorrect, and if the “tolerant” friends I have can no longer handle it, I suppose I’m better off without them. :-P

  3. […] -Chillingworth does too [and, in the process, he beats me to posting the song I wanted to at the end of this post — luckily, I have another]. […]

  4. […] post from the beginning of the week has been updated with new content and links to others’ participating entries.  For more […]

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