The word Feminist is used to describe a modern belief system existing since the 19th century up until the present day. For many in the modern Christian church, identifying as a feminist is more than a little difficult. Due to the stigma surrounding the word in our culture, the qualities associated with being a feminist stand in direct opposition to the ideals of “biblical womanhood”. A biblical woman is encouraged be submissive, gentle, soft-spoken, and ladylike. Feminists are broadly stereotyped as being aggressive, loud, angry, and bitter. For reference, and to clear up any of these beliefs, I’ve provided the official definition below.
Feminism: a belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
You will notice that it doesn’t mention any of the adjectives I’ve listed for you above. That’s because Feminism is a school of thinking. It does not dictate who can engage with it and in what manner. I identify as a feminist because I believe in gender equality. I believe in working peacefully towards this goal by educating and lifting up those brought down by oppression. And I choose to call this belief Feminism due to the history of female subjugation across all cultures and in all institutions.
With this in mind, I would like to pose the question that might make some people see red. “Was Jesus a Feminist?” I’ll be dealing with this question and many more as the blog begins to take off, but for now I’ll begin by directing you to this Buzzfeed Quiz I designed to help start the conversation.
Take the quiz and share your results! And please leave your comments, questions, and feedback below.