Feminism: Babies and Bathwater

Andrew Wilson on the various sorts of feminism he is challenged by and is learning from:

So yes, there are various sorts of feminism that are unhelpful, odious, irritating or destructive. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. If feminism means (a) opposing the oppression, abuse and marginalisation of women, (b) reading the scriptures through women’s eyes, both in the big story and in the individual narratives, and (c) pursuing a culture in which women are released into ministry as they were in Pauline churches, then we need more of it, not less.

We need to move beyond associating feminism with “bra burning, shrill angry voices and a mission to overthrow men.” Christian feminism should always be distanced from any hint that it is a masquerade for man hating and the above three points are a great place to start.

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