Monday, May 21, 2007

Resisting Feminism

Jeff at Stony Creek Digest has an excellent post about the art of resisting feminism. I am in total agreement with him (except about Mary Poppins.) I wish more people would begin to realize how insidious feminism is. To quote:

I believe that Catholics need to become experts at the art of resisting feminism. I call it an “art” because it requires some creativity. There are many ways to do this. In the first place, we must watch our language. Feminism permeates the language nowadays: this is a very big problem. Think of how Protestantism so thoroughly infuses the English language as to make it hard for an English-speaker to even think like a Catholic. Feminism has now infiltrated the language in a similar way: to speak contemporary English is to think like a feminist. Feminism has all but succeeded in emasculating the English language in our generation. The most salient victory has been the disappearance of the masculine pronoun. Modern English-speakers would rather use the plural “they”, “their” or “them” than the singular “he,” his” or “him” when the antecedent noun is singular and the sex is unknown. Similarly, when modern writers feel compelled to use a singular pronoun out of respect for pronoun consistency, they will insist upon “he or she”, or they will alternate between “he” and “she” throughout a text, or they will use the abominable “s/he” device. Anything to avoid the default masculine pronoun! Share


Anonymous said...

I read that article...well, without being a feminist I think that it is only natural for women to be able to work, to get an education and to vote.

Vote, education and work are normal tools of a they are used is a different thing.

I do not agree with the author saying that men leave the professional areas populated by women...they leave those professional area perhaps because of a certain feminist ideology...but not because of women. I have a too good opinion about men to believe that they cannot stand women´s presence.:-)

I do not like the feminist ideology, but I do not like also those who advocate the return to the good ole´ times and period.

I always go back to what JPII and Edith Stein have said...very few people seams really to know what they said about women´s role in society.

JPII even coined the term "new feminism" in The Gospel of Life. Edith Stein said that the problem is not that the women are entering in areas populated previously only by men...the problem is WHAT they do there.:-)

Only my opinions.

have a nice day Elena.

elena maria vidal said...

Hi, Paula. I think the point Jeff was making was how the feminist philosophy has so infiltrated everywhere, as i think you would agree. It is not that women are to be ignorant and play no role in society but it is the deliberate blurring of gender roles and the destruction of family life. No, we can't go back but we can go forward, building upon what was best from the past. There are some things, like motherhood and fatherhood, that should never be changed and any attempt to do so will have damaging consequences.

Anonymous said...

My dear friend, agree.:-).
Perhaps you would like this article:

It is about Edith Stein. Maybe you know it already.:-)

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, I will check it out, Paula. I love Edith Stein, especially her essays on women.

Anonymous said...

If Hillary gets to be elected, one of the more positive aspects of such a development is that by the end of her eighth year in office (rare is the incumbent not reelected) feminism will be as reviled as neoconservativism is today.

The more I think about it...

elena maria vidal said...

Good point. God works in mysterious ways.

Anonymous said...

Most movements become exaggerated in an attempt to recitify past inequities. We must resist the temptation to 'throw out the baby with the bathwater.'