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.
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:
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.
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.
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.