Is feminism biblical? This is a question that I have grappled with for some time now. Through countless interactions with both males and females regarding this topic, the feedback has been conflicting at best. For clarity, I asked 50 of my closest female friends and colleagues whether they identified as feminists, and the feedback left me gobsmacked.
Mr. Google defines feminism as full social, economic, and political equality for all sexes.
I can already see all the feminists thinking, but why can’t Google be a “Mrs”? Google has no gender. “Amadoda”
How many ladies identified as feminists?
In my study, 95% of the ladies identified as feminists. Only 5% identified as non – feminists.
Why do you identify as a feminist?
All of the ladies in my study, including the non – feminists, mentioned that historically, women were oppressed and excluded from certain social, economic, and political rights. For instance, in certain countries, women were, and in certain instances, still are excluded from voting, interacting with men, and starting businesses without consent.
“Because I am a female it does not mean that I am not capable of doing certain things, and I should never be denied the opportunity. It doesn’t mean that I want to do everything that a man can do or that I should do. I should not be placed at a disadvantage solely based on my gender.”
“We live in a patriarchal society where rules were passed on from generation to generation. Ever since I was a child, I did not subscribe to societal norms, and I wanted to have the full human experience. I used to play football and all the so–called games that were reserved for boys. Being a feminist has helped me see the world in a different light and treat all people with respect”
Why do you not identify as a feminist?
The ladies who do not identify as feminists argued that, whilst they support equality for all sexes, feminism is a political stance and their stance is biblical. There is an order in which God created things and once humans begin to question this order, problems may arise. God created a structure, Jesus as the head of the man and family and the man as the head of the woman.
Feminism has taken the authority of women and made it more important than the authority of God.
Men and women are equal, but they are not equal in responsibility.
How has feminism affected your relationship with God?
A common theme that was found was that there were certain elements of the Bible that some of the ladies believed were patriarchal and favoured men and that were to the detriment of women.
There are certain practices in the church that when practiced is an invitation for me to leave.
As a married woman, I have seen the ideals of feminism creep into my marriage and at times it does throw off the balance and what God intended for a Christian marriage.
How do you feel about submission and the man being the head of the home?
In the study, I found that majority of the ladies, both feminists and non – feminists were happy with the biblical structure of how God intended the family to function. However, some ladies felt that there can’t be one leader in a home, and co-leadership was favourable.
My concept of leadership is that the man can lead in one area, and I can lead in another area. My choice to submit to my husband is a decision in itself and that is leadership.
Feminism vs Misandry
As mentioned earlier, feminism is geared towards equal rights for all sexes.
Mr. Google (in the words of Britney Spears, oops I did it again) defines misandry as dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against men.
As feminists, we don’t believe in misandry. The men are not the problem. The problem is the system that was created that favours men and that men are not working to call it out for what it is.
A male’s perspective
I believe in equal rights for both sexes. This includes but is not limited to the workplace, the home, and society. However, I believe that men and women were not created the same and that our roles are not the same. Dr. Myles Munroe mentioned that there are five things a man needs before a woman or read differently, the responsibilities of a man.
- Adam was placed in the garden of Eden. He was already in the presence of God. Men should have a relationship with God.
- God told the man to work the land. A man needs to provide for his family.
- A man needs to cultivate. A man needs to bring out the best of what is around him.
- The man needs to guard the garden. A man needs to protect the woman and the family.
- God gave man the word. The word was given to the man for him to teach his wife the word of God.
As mentioned earlier, men and women are equal but not equal in responsibility.
A heartfelt note from a feminist
You need to understand that a lot of the ladies that men are going to marry are ladies that were raised by single mothers. These are independent and self-sufficient women that are going to struggle with this authority and structure that you hold dear to your heart. My plea is that men are cognizant of this and apply grace in their conduct.
Now you tell me, Is Feminism biblical?