Today is the final day of the #FemFest discussion. The last two days have been very informative and eye-opening for me. Initially, I wasn’t even going to contribute to this discussion, as I told my roommate on Tuesday morning: I’m just too naïve to even bother saying anything. But after about an hour of reading over eight blogs, I had a fire lit under to me to voice my thoughts and understandings, despite my naïveté.
So, I have learned a lot over the last couple of days.
- I have learned that the “equal, but not the same” argument seems to make everyone angry very quickly.
- I have learned that even talking about the idea of feminism really seems to make some Christians uncomfortable.
- I have learned that not all feminists burn their bras.
- I have learned that even those that do, aren’t going to hell.
- I have learned that I don’t have to hate men to associate with feminism.
- I have learned that I don’t have to agree with every movement of feminism to agree with it as a whole.
- I have learned that secular feminists are not “doing it wrong”, despite our differing belief systems.
- I have learned that I’m not the only one who is enraged when Beyoncé says “girls run the world”.
- I have learned that Christian feminists do not build their arguments on purely emotional rhetoric.
- I have learned that blogging takes a significant amount of time– specifically when I really cared about the issues.
- I have learned that even my conservative thoughts have been affirmed and encouraged by the rest of the blogging community.
- I have learned that if I want conservative, Christian males to question my salvation all I have to do is say that “I’m a feminist”.
- I have learned that many commentators forget to “put on their thinking cap” before commenting.
- I have learned that feminism isn’t just about equality in women’s rights.
- I have learned that feminism is not synonymous with egalitarianism.
- I have learned that men are feminists too.
- I have learned that people who comment anonymously don’t deserve to have their comment read.
- I have learned that this community that self-identifies as feminist are very encouraging and challenging to each other.
- I have learned that the Church needs to get feminism right if we want to continue to do fruitful ministry.
- I have learned that feminism may seem reactionary, but ultimately is worthwhile and getting a lot of things right.
- I have learned that feminism is succeeding at validating and acknowledging hurts that often been inflicted by well-meaning Christians.
- But, ultimately I have learned that as a Christian, I don’t need to be afraid of the word feminism.
Now, these may all seem like a no-brainer to most seasoned feminists/bloggers. Honestly, I would have guessed most of these things to be true, but this was the week that I saw all of them played out. The biggest thing I have appreciated about this week has been that all of these blogs have better equipped me to think for myself and defend my beliefs.
I can be a strong, independent woman.
I can hold my beliefs in submission and surrender to the Cross.
And I can say feminism is the not the enemy. Sin is and will always be the enemy, and feminism has been and will continue to be a remedy that I can support!
This blog is in response to the #femfest synchroblog on Day #3 with Preston Yancey’s blog, seeprestonblog.com. Link up and answer these questions: What surprised you this week? What did you take away from the discussion? What blog posts did you find particularly helpful? What questions do you still have?