Christo-Feminism is Oxy-moronic

Posted on February 6, 2012 by

Lately there has been a lot more ire broiling around in regards to all Christian women not being any different from feminist women. I have contemplated this paradigm for some time now and decided to broach the issue.

At first, it struck me as odd that all Christian women would be in the same category as feminist women because when I hear “feminist,” I think of the typical pro-choice-and-everyone-is-the-same lamentations. But I have to be honest and agree many Christian women do self-identify as feminist because, as they put it, “are different.” Are they really?

One explanation for this perception of Christian women is the fact that many of them believe they can “have it all,” and therefore align with philosophies and identities paradoxical to being a Christian women. Reconciling these paradoxes is difficult and often results in a battle of the will, and it manifests in their behavior and thinking.

Christian women and feminist women should not be one of the same person, but they do exist, and within a large portion of Christendom. The best way to describe these women is through the label “Christo-feminist.” They believe they can be fully Christian and fully feminist, but while doing so end up finding themselves in all sorts of twists. Other times, they just end up shooting their feet outright from all the twisting. Two widely known Christo-feminist women attempted to run in politics but were fortunately unsuccessful in their endeavors. Here’s what one had to say:

I didn’t know respect meant the same thing as submissive?? The amount of Merriam-Webster gymnastics amazes me!

The First Wave of Christian Feminism has a remarkable amount of similarities between the feminism of the 1960’s, or the “gender feminists” of the day. They both advocated for divorce rights for women, the beginning stages of the separation of the family, the rejection of separate social spheres for men and women, and altering Christianity in its wake. It should not surprise one to discover that all Christian denominations at one time were against abortion for any reason, without exception. Once Christo-feminism took firm rooting, the Catholic Church* is mostly known for maintaining this stance.

There are simply too many inconsistencies. Ladies, should one really be a Christo-feminist? If you still think so, keep reading.

Here’s why you cannot be both a Christian and a feminist:

1. Feminism calls for a pro-choice stance on abortion. In other words, since feminists have long fought hard for women’s “equal” sexual rights, to take a position that calls for responsibility for your sexual behavior is almost reprehensible. If you are a feminist and call yourself pro-life, you are in total violation of a very significant feminist tenet: Thou shalt be pro-choice. At this point, it would be wise to reconsider your alignment with feminism.

2. Christo-feminism requires one to reinterpret what scripture has already written to suit your needs. Since Christo-feminism already operates on the egalitarian platform, this requires the adherent to purposefully pick and choose what teachings they prefer in the Bible. This is otherwise known as “cafeteria Christianity.”

3. Christianity is a patriarchal faith. Let me repeat that: Christianity is a patriarchal faith, whether you like it or not. That means it is lead by men, and not by women. But you’ll see that the Christo-feminists want women to be pastors and to take other positions of leadership. They even go so far as to state that the Bible in itself is a sexist book because it eliminates the perspective of a woman. Never mind the fact that many women are mentioned extensively in the Bible, have significant roles, and are examples for teaching.

4. Christo-feminism plays upon the meme that women are perpetual victims of others’ actions, versus capable of taking personal responsibility. As Christians, we are admonished to take responsibility for our sins and to not place blame on others for our failings. Once again, the feminist would supersede the Christian principle here.

5. Last, but not least: Christo-feminists tend to concentrate on the faults of men. Scripture clearly states that women are to mentor other women. Women are not supposed to mentor men because men are best mentored by other men. Don’t worry about what the men are, or aren’t doing “correctly.” Keep your eyes on your own paper! It is always better to be a virtuous woman and lead by example, and in your actions, others will be convicted.

Christo-feminism is an oxy-moron. A woman cannot identify as fully feminist and fully Christian without compromising some aspect of her integrity. Is such an ideology so important even integrity takes the shaft, of all things?

*Other Christian denominations also share the beliefs of the Catholic Church regarding abortion.

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