What feminism is, Where it originated, and Why it's important to understand
Recently a Maid Arise reader requested that I do a post on Feminism. She shared that she knew of other young women that wished there were Chrisitan resourses on feminism. I can happily say there are such resourses! In this post I hope to share some with you so you can continue to study Feminism and find answers.
What is Feminism?
The best definition I could find was actually by a lady named Jennie Chancy who has dedicated her time and efforts to a website called ladiesagainstfeminism.com. I would encourage you to visit this site.
Feminism is almost impossible to define simply because no-one can agree on one definition. The Websters dictionary states:
fem·i·nism: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
With this vague concept we have to look further into history to help us in our definition.
One: There are the what Jenny labels the “Equity femimists”. These are the feminists who wish to change perceived unequal treatment of women. These feminists closely resemble the feminists of the 1840's through the 1920's. These women touted woman's rights, and sought for an equal wage in the workforce. Today these same feminists stay close to this older movement and tend to be more conservative than the more modern feminist movement that started in the 1960s.
Two: Secondly there are the “Gender feminists” that seek to remove the distinction between the genders. They believe that any so called difference is exclusively the result of the tyranny of cultural patriarchy. This feminist line of thinking is directly behind the gender-neutral movement that is commonly witnessed today. These would be considered the more “radical” modern feminists.
Three: These are the post 1960's Feminists. The Gen X women. They are more liberal in their thinking than their foremothers, but have tamed the “Gender feminist” message to fit a more tolerant political-correct worldview. Their goal: to embrace what once was traditionally the man's role, and to encourage men to take on what once was the woman's sphere.
Where did Feminism originate?
Though many people do not see the link between marxism and feminism, I believe Karl Marx had a great influence in starting feminism.
Karl Marx was a German philosopher who hated the biblical concept of the family and purposed to replace Christianity with communism.
Almost every feminist's message and goal is closely linked to Marx's philosophy. Though every feminist is not necessarily a revolutionist their movement is heavily influenced by Marxisim which was a culture communistic revolution starting in the 1920s which continues to influence our every day.
The Frankfurt school was founded in 1923 by dedicated Marxists in Germany. Their goal: to take over every nation with a non-violent approach of communism. When some nations were resistant these Marxists concluded that their main enemy to the revolution was Christianity. With this assertainment they decided to destroy Christianity, not with violence, but with theology. Once Christianity was defeated Communism/Marxism could then replace it.
Germany then began to teach Marxisim in the schools as a “social science”. Their tactic was to simply replace every traditional biblical principle with the opposite thought, and make this new theology “politically correct.”
The Bible taught male leadership so they promoted feminism. The Bible defines and establishes marriage. They tore it down. Children are precious lives to be valued in Biblical thinking. Marxism insisted on abortion and birth control. Marxisim would not be satisfied with just a non-Chrisitan culture, but would teach the culture to embrace an anti-Christian mentality.
Marx targeted women first. Just as Satan went to Eve first. Women are not only weaker vessels but they are mankind's nurturers. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. In Marx's words:
“Major social trasformations are impossible without ferment among the women.”
[Karl Marx cited in “Karl Marx's Prescription for Woman's Liberation” by Carey Roberts.]
Lenin told one feminist – “There can be no real mass movement without woman”.
[Lenin on the Woman's Question by Clara Zetkin – www.marxist.com]
Why it's Important to Understand Feminism
Feminism is an enemy of God's design for women. Unlike some of God's enemies, Feminism is a wolf in sheep's clothing, duping even Christian women.
Watch out for it! It's subtle. You will find it in movies, novels, social media, quotes, universities, seminaries, magazines, the news. If you look carefully enough you might even hear it in Christian circles.
Feminists would have us believe that women have been oppressed for ages, that is, until Feminism came to save us.
And yet, the most liberating force in all the world is Feminism's greatest enemy – Christianity. God created us for a lofty honorable position. He created us because He knew that man would need us. He entrusted us with the noble calling of wife and motherhood.
Without Christianity we are stripped of purpose and are undervalued and exploited. Non-Christian society’s are proof of this. Without biblical principles these cultures degrade women and drag men down to the basest of levels.
Pagan cultures use women. Women are property, slaves, sex objects. Feminists actually give credence for this mindset when the malign biblical principles such as marriage and motherhood.
“Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been legally sanctioned method of control over women...We must work to destroy it. The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men.” [Declaration of Feminism, Nov. 1971]
Maragret Sanger ( feminist founder of Planned Parenthood) wrote:
“The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of it's infant members is to kill it.”
[Women and the New Race, 67]
Feminism would take us far away from the godly image of womanhood. Purity, submission and biblical womanhood are despised by feminists. Modern culture would have us believe that Feminism is a defender of women, fighting for our rights. It is righteous to be against exploitation of women. But feminists are not the first defenders of women. The Bible already strongly stood against the exploitation of women. If this is all Feminists stood for then we could gladly join them. But Feminism is a movement against God and all that He has designed women to be.