The Feminist Journey

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Feminism is all about perspective. No one views it the same. That's why there are extremes, just like in religion. As part of my continual blog and personal growth I am going to be reading through some feminist books, taking them chapter by chapter and opening up a space for discussion. This blog is my safe haven and as with my Search for Understanding Project, I hope that by taking on this project I can share my thoughts sift through contradictions and ideas and come out a better person in the end. For my first read I have selected is

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey.

”Gender roles have been debated for centuries, and now Sarah Bessey offers a clarion freedom call for all who want to realize their giftedness and potential in the kingdom of God. Through a thoughtful review of biblical teaching and church practices, Bessey shares how following Jesus made a feminist out of her.”

I am hoping for a book that won't take sides but state researched facts on how Jesus "supports" feminism. As an atheist, in the research I have done, I have found that what people believe and what is found in their religious text contradict one another. While what they believe can be good, many things in the text are bad. Most things written are subjective to personal interpretation, a person's core values and belief system are subjective and evolving.

For the next while, I hope to dedicated my Tuesdays to the review of a different chapter. I am not posting to change anyone’s mind, but to create a space open for honest discussion, that will not allow for any rudeness, bashing, or arguments. I’d love to hear your thoughts, whether you have read the book or not, however please behave with honesty, integrity, and allow for other people’s opinions.

I hope you will join me, as I go through this journey.

Foreword by Rachel Held Evans

When chatting with a friend the other day she asked if I remembered the first time I was put inside a box. At the time I didn’t realize she was referring to the foreword where Rachel quotes “too bad you’re a girl”. After we disconnected the sentence remained with me. I don’t remember the first time I was put in a box. I might not have even realized what had happened at the time. I do remember the first time I felt the pressure though. I remember not understanding how to fit in, in this new environment and how I wish I had a way to express what I was feeling.

I already know that this book is going to be a challenge for me, because I don’t agree with Jesus being a feminist. But I think what it is I don’t agree with is the people who have written the bible and other people’s interruptation. The bible is written from mens perspectives and it has been rewritten and translated dozens of times. It was put together by the decree Emperor Constantine to help unite the Christians under a single canon. What is in there was chosen by men of no faith at that time. The book was not handed down by God or even put together by the Apostles. Please see my Search for Understanding Project for more.

I don’t believe a single book is what gives us “permission to laugh, permission to question, permission to slow down a bit, permission to listen, permission to confront our fears, permission to share our own stories with more bravery and love.” as Rachel Held Evans says.

I believe that we, as women, give ourselves that permission and that we hold ourselves back based on an unrealistic standard held to us.


Slightly Off Topic RANT

The author of the Foreword, Rachel Held Evans has written a book called A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering her head, and Calling Her Husband "Master" by Rachel Held Evans.

Liberated is not the word I would have used. A profoundly lonely woman decides to do an extreme experiment in the hopes of fixing her relationship with her husband and with herself.

I do not have a high opinion of Rachel Held Evans.

Traditionalist Resurgence Adherence to tradition, especially in cultural or religious practice. A restoration to use, acceptance, activity, or vigor; a revival.

How will her ‘study’ affect her daughters? Especially when they are being raised up in this way and have a high potential of being saddled with a man like Christian Grey. How is her study helping her sons learn proper respect and treatment of women if she is silent and only obeys her husband?


The Poem - Let Us Be Women Who Love by Idelette McVicker

I like this poem. I would enjoy it more if it was directed at everyone. Men need this too.

Introduction by Sarah Bessey

I like the tone that Sarah has set within the Introduction. Come sit down, have a glass of wine, and take a load off. Let’s discuss. The purpose of this quest is to discuss, opposite sides of the spectrum, with, most likely, different conclusions and at the end of the day have an open honest exchange of words.

I would love to know your thoughts on everything I have written here today! Please leave a comment, however please behave with honesty, integrity, and allow for other people’s opinions. Thanks for reading!!

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