If pure anger was personified and could speak, it would hope that we are driven to write this piece off as absolute piss-poor, uneducated dribble -- but the best approach is probably to use logic and sense to deconstruct such an asinine argument. Also, the writer of this piece is in charge of helping to mold young, vulnerable minds, a truly disturbing thought (even more than the experience of reading the article itself), and the writer is giving speeches on this topic in different spots of the country.
We'll first mention that this "copyrighted" piece has at least two typos-- a sure sign of true care and concern for promoting a healthy message, right? Second, the credentials listed for this writer are scant at best, and nowhere near where they should be for anyone to consider her an expert on the topic. But speaking of her education, let's
point out that if feminism did not exist in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the majority of women, probably including this writer, would not be writing, or have jobs such as chaplain at a university, or traveling to speak at events in New York City, at least not without the expressed consent of a father or husband. Also, like any ideological movement, Feminism takes various forms and is applied in various ways among various people - it is not one homogeneous creature but an amalgam of many different beliefs and applications. To narrowly define an entire manner of thought with many different aspects and sects inside the movement would be a mistake. There are forms of feminism that take on many "masculine" aspects in order to effect change, however, that is only one sliver in a much larger stump of wood (and let's remember that the definitions of "masculine" and "feminine" are only social constructions, made not by god or nature but pure inherited social expectation).
Feminism is not defined as "pretending to be men," but to receive EQUAL treatment and rights under law that men enjoy. The writer would be correct if she had said the the state of feminism isn't without its problems. Feminism isn't perfect, for the exact reason that it has not succeeded in eradicating the unequal treatment of women, including wage disparity, sexual harassment, reproductive freedom, etc. But, it has made great gains, and without feminism, many problems and inequalities would still exist in American society: including, to name a few:
- no female property rights
- no equal marriage contracts (i.e. LEGAL ownership of women by husbands)
- women voting rights
- slavery (would have been abolished later, because women, especially feminists, influenced the push for emancipation)
- no equal educational opportunities
- no special protections from domestic violence
- no special laws against sexual harassment and rape
- virtually no women's sports, including no funding
The author also proclaims that American Feminism has had widespread negative effects, and has "broken down" not only American society, but the "global societies" that America influences. Here's one society that America has influenced lately: Iraq. And the writer is correct, our view on the rights of women has played a part in the forced societal breakdown of parts of the Iraqi culture through our war in Iraq. Putting aside our need for oil and the threat of jihad and terrorism, Americans get queasy when they hear of the stories of Iraqi women who are stoned, victims of rape, victims of "honor killings" due to the rape, or are forced to wear veils and adhere to strict rules, including forced non-interaction (i.e. complete seclusion) with any males outside the family, etc. Americans, feminists or no, would usually agree that this type of pseudo religious-fundamentalism backed by the Iraqi government translates into enforced oppression. So yes, the idea of female equality, backed by feminist thought is rearing it's ugly head in the Middle East, according to this writer.
Someone once said to me in conversation (paraphrasing) "there aren't many women theologians and writers such that I know off throughout history, but that's good because they had more important things to do," implying that they were taking care of children, etc., and therefore patronizing the historically oppressed roles of women. Setting aside the strange and rampant anger that this quote ignited, it is utterly false. Women have been and will continue to write and think and create -- it is that they do not receive recognition by the greater (mostly male) population. They are chosen to be ignored, quashed, and smothered by the patriarchal pillow that rests squarely at the center of the world's cradle. Feminism isn't about domination of men, or discarding of men, it's about equal footing with men, and recognition of accomplishments free from any association with the accomplisher's sex.
The time needed to fully elucidate the evils of this article would be decades.Hopefully, enough has been said to show it's nature as complete mental turpentine.
The author only potentially gets one thing slightly right --Feminism is still an experiment in imperfection. That's why this article is so insidious-- it hopes to sidetrack any further efforts to improve the situation of women in America and across the world. Here's your movement of zen to show how far we truly still have to go:
"...'in the world as a whole, women comprise 51 percent of the population, do 66 percent of the work, receive 10 percent of the income and own less than one percent of the property."
-UN Conference on Women, 2001.
Here's the upsetting article: (Disclaimer: this article is pure, poisonous, unadulterated, undiluted crap.)
THE WAY TO WOMANHOOD
By Kimberly Rogers
Women today face many problems from financial difficulties to divorce to raising children alone, just to name a few. Our purpose here it to provide a place for women to get scriptural and moral support, help with difficulties and information through articles, links and a forum.
Now, more than ever, it is important that women lead this nation and the world out of the mess we have created through Feminism. We created this mess, collectively. Now, we must solve it collectively. The only way out is through our collective return to following Jesus Christ and His Salvation Plan.
The return to a better society starts within each of us individually. Then, we must gently teach those around us what it really means to be FEMININE and not a Feminist. The two terms are mutually exclusive because of how the definition of Feminism evolved.
Feminism is truly at the heart of the breakdown of American society, and by extension, the other global societies that America influences. It is never too late to amend our mistakes, but we must truly begin the process now.
Womanhood, on the other hand, requires that we uplift, nurture and help others. These ideas are foreign to the nature of Feminism. Feminists are not women - they are women pretending to be men. True women have much more to offer than whether we are able to usurp the abilities and natures of men to ourselves. It is much more of a challenge to be a Godly woman than it is to be an ungodly one.
The End Times have arrived. All we need to do is look around us to verify this fact. We must help to save as many people as possible before it is too late. Women must return to prayer and caring for others. The time is coming, very soon, when these active qualities will be needed. There are not enough of these activites or qualities in the world's women today, so we must return to our true femininity and learn all over again what it means to be a woman.
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Want true insight? go to the UN commission on the status of women website, here.
Final comment: Yesterday, someone made the suggestion that god and cancer could be given the same name. While many might take offense at such a suggestion, it's articles such as the above that trend the suggestion towards "convincing," or at least "warrants merit."