Feminism Has Nothing To Do With Religion; So Stop Making The Correlation

Feminism Has Nothing To Do With Religion; So Stop Making The Correlation

Think about the women around the world who don't have it like we do.

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I will start by I respect all sorts of different opinions, so long as they are supported by fact. I think the ability to cultivate what makes sense to each of us is a really strong part of what it means to be human. If we were all meant to share the same level of intelligence or the same thought process, we wouldn't progress in the way that we should.

That being said, I read an article recently that discussed religion and how it ties into gender equality (or lack thereof) and what it means to be a feminist.

If we're going by the logic that arguments should be supported by fact, using the Bible (or any religious text, for that matter) as a reference or 'factual' resource to support an argumentative claim doesn't quite make sense, since it isn't relevant to everyone and doesn't have any credible authors.

Not everyone lives their lives based off of the morals presented in any given religious text, therefore it isn't necessarily right to base an argument solely based off of your faith.

I've been a self-proclaimed feminist for as long as I remember. Growing up, I was taught that I could do anything I set my mind to. I was taught that I can accomplish any goal I set out to accomplish, and my gender had nothing to do with my capabilities.

Intersectional feminism is the advocacy for equal rights for men and women, regardless of class, race or other traditionally discriminatory factors. It is inclusive and it is not matriarchal.

Today, we live in a progressive world where things are constantly changing and improving. From technology to medical advances to the way we are able to communicate, we are becoming a better world with each and every passing day.

I have a problem with the idea that I am meant to submit to a man. Sure, women and men are different biologically. But are we really that different?

I mean, if you really think about it, is there any job in the workforce that a woman is incapable of doing? Is there any language or idea or concept that a woman is incapable of understanding? Is there any single sport that is physically impossible for a woman to complete?

What is so wrong with wanting to be perceived as equal to a man?

The issue I have is not with the label; You don't have to call yourself a feminist. Personally, I believe intersectional feminism is something to be proud of, something (in an ideal world) more people would be proud to claim, but I realize that with the negative connotation feminism has adopted in recent years, some people may be afraid of adopting the label, and some may just not want to.

However, there are over 130 million girls in the world who don't have access to an education just because they're girls. That is a problem.

Like I mentioned earlier, I am respectful of opinions that differ from mine, but I have a problem with close-mindedness. I have an issue with disregarding the fact that women outside of the United States and other first-world countries suffer inequality in a way 21st-century women like myself cannot understand.

As a white woman living in the United States, I most likely have it better than a majority of women in the world. My privilege does not go unnoticed. I'm a feminist for the women who aren't given a voice, an opportunity or an education.

You don't have to be a feminist. You don't have to take advantage of gender equality if you don't want to. I just ask that you don't let your personal beliefs and the way that you want to live your life get in the way of the fight for gender equality for women across the world.

If it weren't for the women who came before us, we wouldn't have many of the rights we have today. We wouldn't be given an equal opportunity for education. We wouldn't even be able to express our opinions as we do.

All women deserve to live a life where they aren't afraid. They deserve equal access to education and equal opportunity to pursue any path of life they want.



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A Letter From God To Help You Finish The Semester

God sees your struggles and He's here to give you strength and motivation.
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My Child,

The lack of motivation towards the end of the semester is normal. You are mentally and physically tired, but you are almost at the end. Don’t stop walking down the perfect path I have for you. When you’re going along and you come upon a speedbump, I want you to go over it and keep driving. The paper you have to write and the test you have to study for are just small speedbumps I have given you to make you wiser. You can write that paper and you can gain motivation to study for that test. I am here to give you strength, and am here to open up your mind and give you motivation.

You are so loved. You have such a beautiful mind. The light of Jesus shines through your eyes and your smile brings comfort to the world. There’ll be times you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. There’ll be times you feel like the task I have given you is impossible to perform. But remember this: I would never put anything upon your shoulders that you cannot carry. If I put you in a certain situation, it’s because I know you are strong enough to go through it.

When you feel like crying, cry to me. When you feel like a failure, remember how much I love you. You are not a failure and you are not going to give up. I will hold your hand through every second of your life. I will seek your heart through your darkest moments. I see you, I see your heart, and I see your burdens. And remember that I have your heart which means I also have your burdens. Follow my footsteps and you will be free from the doubt. Remember Mark 4:40-41: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” I have the power to calm any storm and wave. I have the power to calm YOUR storms and waves. Set your doubt, anger, and tiredness in my hands and simply be patient.

Romans 8:14-15 says,“For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God. The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” Nothing can separate you from my love. Not even your lack of motivation. You have no motivation because you do not feel good enough. You are more than good enough. You were perfectly made by me and when I look down at you, I think of how proud I am of your heart.

Throughout the last few weeks of this semester, you will stumble upon speedbumps. But hold the hand of my son Jesus and you will be able to go over that speedbump with ease. Go write that paper, go study for that test, and go get an A in that class. I know you can because I have given you power.

Love,

God

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It's Time To Start Standing Up For Yourself

A lot of people let others walk all over them but it's time to start standing up for how you feel.

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Whenever you've got into a confrontation or fight or anything that even resembles an argument, someone always says be the bigger person. What does that really mean? To some people, it means completely ignoring the whole situation and everyone's emotions and that isn't fair. Or maybe to some people it means letting them scream at you and you apologizing and just taking the blame.

Being the bigger person shouldn't mean these things. It should mean making sure no one is treating you poorly or taking advantage of you. Now maybe don't take it so far to become mean or a bully because that's just awful behavior.

Standing up for yourself is so empowering. If someone close to you is hurting you or taking advantage or anything you don't like, just a simple conversation can keep it from escalating. If you have a friend calling you names, even if it is just a joke, you can say something and not be a buzzkill or jerk. You 100% should feel comfortable and confident no matter who you're with.

So many times in my life I've wanted to save a friendship or relationship so I just ignored or took what other people were doing to me. This even happened and it led to an abusive relationship where I felt stuck and didn't see an out. It was an extremely eye-opening experience that taught me to never let any hurt me.

To say this is easier than doing it. Start small, if someone says something hurtful towards you just ask them not to do it again. If that person continues to hurt you leave the room or space. You need to take control of your own life and write your own story.

Life is a lot better when you live it free of worries and pain.

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