Thursday, August 11, 2016

Conservatives: Stop painting all Feminists with the Same Broad Brush

Feminism a cult as defined [by men] in 1931
Equality is a good thing, and I am issuing a call to conservatives who value equality--especially those who have media platforms--to refrain from equating anti-family and pro-death platforms with feminism, to stop calling every anti-family, pro-abortion platform, "feminist" agendas.

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Many feminists are pro-family and pro-life politically conservative people, and do not deserved to be lumped in with  groups that contradict their values.Would it surprise you to know that the very first feminist was a Christian, and that most early feminists were Christians?
Feminism, from the beginning, has been simply defined as advocating for women full equality with men in all things.

That seems reasonable enough to modern readers, but historically, the idea was bizarre, outlandish, and utterly evil to many. But most importantly, in understanding the extreme negativity attached to the word, it was a word originally defined by men who were unequivocally opposed the very idea of  equality of the sexes (women did not write and publish dictionaries at that time, nor did they have a say in what went into them), so naturally the word was coined and defined from a perspective that feminism was a cultish movement and a social evil. 

The oldest dictionary this writer owns is the 1931 Universities Webster Dictionary which does not contain the word feminist at all but does libel feminism as a "cult."  

Regardless of its actual meaning, most people associate the word "cult" with evil, oppressive, dangerous, and false. And that is the bias deliberately infused into the word feminism from the very beginning.


Think about it. Dictionary definitions inform public opinion, and are likely referenced by the population at large, even more so than the Bible! Webster’s initial labeling of feminism as a cult, was a stroke of genius in propaganda. It was thought control, discrimination, and bias at its finest. 

One pro-family, 19th century, feminist claimed that had she known in advance of the fierce persecution she would endure because of her activism for the full equality of women with men, it is doubtful she would have begun her advocacy in the first place.

1943
By 1943, in some circles, feminism had been upgraded, somewhat, from a "cult" to a "doctrine." And the word "feminist" finally found its way into a dictionary. It was defined simply as: "One who advocates **[that evil cult of] feminism." Pure propaganda!

**(Bracketed italics are author supplements)
1955

Is it any wonder conservatives today, even if they support equality, are still terrified of the words feminism and feminists? The propagandists have done their jobs well.

In 1955, the publishers of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary continued their hateful narrative,  discriminating against the very idea of equality of the sexes with their "cult" disinformation. (Webster's Complete Unabridged).
Keeping in mind that the word feminism was originally defined by men who opposed any semblance of equality of the sexes, it must be noted that the word was deliberately biased, from the very beginning, with a hateful connotation that it did not in reality possess. 

"THE FEMINISTS" narrative is pure propaganda that has been bought into--almost wholesale--even by those who support equality of the sexes.

It is time to stop perpetuating the lie (even unwittingly) that equality is evil. 

An open and objective conversation about equality for women and men is impossible when the  words "FEMINISM" and "FEMINISTS" (words that mean nothing more than advocacy for full equality of men and women) are constantly used as a synonyms for every evil agenda under the sun.

When speaking of the pro-abortion issue, I implore equality loving, pro-life, media commentators and reporters to call them for what they are, "pro-abortion supporters," and not, "THE FEMINISTS." When speaking of transgender and gay marriage issues, I implore conservative, pro-family, advocates with public platforms to please call them for what they are, "transgender and gay marriage supporters," not "THE FEMINISTS." 

Conservatives who have pubic platforms and large followings, I implore you to please stop referring to those in the political far left collectively as "THE FEMINISTS." When you do this, you effectively lump all supporters of full equality between women and men (including those of us who are conservative politically, pro-life, and pro-family) in bed together, as if we jointly promote an anti-life anti-family agenda together, when that is not the case and could not be further from the truth.

Feminism is not evil. Equality is good.

Feminists are not evil. Equality is good.

The practice of conservatives (even by those who support equality) of defining pro-abortion and anti-family far left  political platforms as "FEMINIST agendas," perpetuates an utterly false narrative.  

Equality of the sexes is not evil. It is inequality of the sexes is evil. It is inequality of the sexes, that has been the cause of much human suffering throughout the history of the world up through the present time.

 Feminism, is the practice of those who advocate for full equality of men and women. A feminist, is one who supports the full equality of women and men, and advocates for the practice of feminism.
Equality is a good thing! Therefore feminism is a good thing!

And that is why it is wrong to label groups whose primary agendas are not equality of the sexes, as feminist groups. Call them by whatever their primary agenda is. But please stop slandering conservative, pro-life, pro-family advocates of equality by painting all feminists with an outdated, uneducated, and biased broad brush. 

Jocelyn Andersen is author of 
Woman this is WAR! Gender Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System
 
The book chronicles the early history of the women's rights movements, as well as the role of church leadership in aggressive suppression of  both women's rights and the historical record of Christian initiatives in the movements. Many of the same arguments used to support the vile institution of slavery, are still used today in suppressing the rights of Christian women, through the complementarian movement, which has virtually hi-jacked evangelical Christianity. This book, is an unparalleled resource for all who desire an in-depth study of gender equality from a Christian perspective.

2 comments:

  1. I think this is a terrific piece and every woman should read it and learn how we have been duped into believing equality is evil or un womanly! God created us equal- man has tried to deny us equality and has brainwashed us into denying ourselves by every means possible through church and state as well.

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  2. I have always been, am now and will continue to be a proud feminist. Since the turn of the 20th century feminists sought equality and we have come a long way baby but women hd a serious split into a left and right the 1970's. That split turned the term feminist into a dirty word and half of our women moved away from the term and from the battle to win EQUAL RIGHTS!

    Since the women’s movement 50 years ago, we have Title IX success, and we have women in the armed forces and in many high offices and representing us in Congress at 17 %.
    We have VAWA, sex discrimination laws and fair pay laws but still 4 women a day are murdered by a partner, women are raped on campuses while the rapist has his hand lapped, girls are snatched from their bedrooms or at bus stops, women are being paid less, we are 52% of the population but only 17 % of the government, in the armed forces our women are raped and mistreated.

    So NOW and the other organizations rallying for half a century have taken credit for passing laws that are virtually useless to most women unless you need an abortion, birth control or gay rights and while they look good on paper as a list- the majority of American women cringe when they hear the word feminist because it is now associated with what the left spends the last 5 decades bitching about rather than doing something about the equal rights of all females and what we have in common and the equality we all need in our homes, on our jobs, in our schools, in our relationships and in our government from local to federal.

    Do not allow the far left to take your femininity away from you. We women hold up more than half society and we do it proudly. We are responsible for everything good, and society would cease to exist without those of us who remain Pro-life feminists!

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