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Petunia

Petunia

I feel like there are a lot of conflicting ideas about modern-day feminism and how it should apply to Christianity. So what do you have to say about it? Do you think it’s helping or hurting the church? Do you think it’s helping or hurting Christian women?

June 12, 2015 at 23:08
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

I believe that feminism, if handled correctly, is healthy in a Christian community. By this, I mean that men support and help out women and women support and help out men. Equality is more like it. As long as we are making sure our eyes are on the Lord, then I think we should be okay. My church expresses feminism in a more traditional way, but nobody is really against it. Basically, we have men and women elders, as well as men and women’s ministry (Stephen’s Ministry) where we have people who counsel someone through a difficult time, but it is someone of their gender. I f they ask for someone opposite if it, that’s no problem, but we like to ensure that connection with counselors is about God and healing.
We also have a lot of fundraisers, which women are pretty much in charge of, but everyone regardless of whether or not they’re a man or woman helps out. Even when we do soup and salads, men help out in the kitchen and wash dishes. We don’t make a big fuss about it or anything, but I’m pretty sure that if a guy said something about “women’s work”, it would not be tolerated. We are all equal in Christ and we all have obligations to each other, ourselves, and Him. 🙂

June 13, 2015 at 04:34
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

women do stuff in the kitchen, too, by the way, and it’s really a fun time to hang out and joke around with each other. Work hard, play hard is our rule. LOL

June 13, 2015 at 04:36
Nate

Nate

I consider myself an “old fashioned feminist”. I believe that feminists were once genuinely concerned with making women equal to men. Modern feminists seem to be about making women better than men. I also believe that men and women are equal, but we are not particularly the SAME. That is an area that modern feminists actually un-empower women. They will say things like: “Women are always as strong as men.” But that is very clearly not true for many women. So when I loose to a boy, or something, I feel like I am not as strong as I should be. That is not very empowering.

June 13, 2015 at 08:17
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

@Nate I think that by making women the same as men, we are also making ourselves less unique and powerful. There are some things men can do that women can’t; women can do things guys can’t. That’s not a bad thing at all, it means that we both have our own special gifts and talents that we can use to contribute to the world and the Lord. 🙂

June 13, 2015 at 10:19
Nate

Nate

@Carolinereinhart I like how you put that! Completely agree! 😀

June 13, 2015 at 14:07
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Thanks! I try! 😛

June 13, 2015 at 17:37
PolkaDot

PolkaDot

I think that some women take feminism to another level. They take it to the level of ‘we are better than men’. In Reality that is sexist, and it isn’t real feminism. I am a complete feminist. I believe that women are equal to men and vise versa. And sadly women have to fight to be seen as an equal. We have to fight a lot harder than males to be respected, especially in the work place. That is what I fight against. I don’t think that I am above men. But at the same time I don’t believe that I am below them either. I believe that I am equal and that I can do anything I put my mind to.
I like to think of feminism as another way to respect and love ourselves. Feminism should be a message of ‘stand up and fight sexism because you love yourself.’ The message shouldn’t be ‘be a feminist because you hate men and they are below you.’ Sadly society has made feminism into more of a hate thing. Like pretty much everything else, feminism is a good thing until it is taken out of balance.

June 14, 2015 at 10:19
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

@PolkaDot So right! There’s nothing wrong with either person, we’re just different. That’s what makes us cool! LOL

June 14, 2015 at 20:41
mynameisrobin

mynameisrobin

It’s kind of a tricky topic. I think that femenism is OK to a certain extent. I believe in gender equality in the workplace, and that woman shouldn’t be treated like inferiors simply because they are women. Also, I believe that a woman can be as good a leader as a man, if not better. I believe that men should resect woman, and that cat-calling is disrespectful, rude and vulgar. I also believe that a woman shouldn’t be labeled by the way she appears. However, I think sometimes feminism crosses the line between being there for woman, to basically just dissing the whole male race.

In the Bible times, all woman were supposed to stay at home and take care of families, or if they were unmarried, they were to stay with their parents.

But think about Jesus’ disciples. Mary Magdalene was unmarried, yet she preached the Gospel and followed Jesus all throughout his ministry, and Jesus wasn’t discriminatory to her or anything.
And remember when the disciples were in the upper room, waiting for the holy spirit? Jesus’ own mother was there, along with the other Mary, her sister Martha, and Mary Magdalene. They were all included doing the men’s work, which was very uncommon during that day. Jesus broke a lot of social barriers during his ministry.

I know that 1 Timothy 2 touches the issue on woman leaders:

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

However, when reading this verse, keep in mind that women in the Bible times were not allowed to do ANYTHING. It was unheard of for a woman to be a leader.
Paul is not saying that woman have to be silent and to listen and to keep their mouths shut. He’s trying to communicate that while a woman leads, she is also to respect her male counterparts. Modern feminism has strayed to the point where men are disrespected and woman are seen as superior. But God created us all to be equal.

In conclusion, there’s nothing wrong with being a feminist, as long as you keep everything in perspective and keep in mind the teachings of the Bible.
I hope that I was clear with this 🙂

June 15, 2015 at 05:44
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