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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Becky Devendra on Feminism and Catholicism

Becky Devendra has published an excellent essay on Feminism and Catholicism.
Consider for a moment that feminism and Christianity can have similar goals: both claim to advocate for women in a society that has a tendency to demean or control them. The horror at the pornification of culture which radically objectifies women and brands them as products for the sole purpose of sexually gratifying men, ala Fifty Shades of Grey, is a position where orthodox Catholics and secular feminists can find overlap. 
Further points of agreement come with the realization that both groups do not want women to be punished economically for choosing motherhood, that girls are not defined by their sexual status but by their inherent worth as persons, that rape culture is wrong to ever suggest that a rape victim got what was coming to her, to battle the absurd notion that when a woman says” no” she actually means yes, and that working women deserve to be paid the same wage as a man in the same position with the same credentials. These are all issues where Christianity and feminism have common threads, and they are just a few examples.
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Indeed, there are significant differences between Catholic teaching and certain feminist theories. Without sacrificing her own convictions nor carelessly glossing over difficulties, Becky Devendra provides a succinct yet highly informative essay that reaches across the divide to establish a rational basis for discussion between people with radically different points of view.

Another sample paragraph:
Further points of agreement come with the realization that both groups do not want women to be punished economically for choosing motherhood, that girls are not defined by their sexual status but by their inherent worth as persons, that rape culture is wrong to ever suggest that a rape victim got what was coming to her, to battle the absurd notion that when a woman says” no” she actually means yes, and that working women deserve to be paid the same wage as a man in the same position with the same credentials. These are all issues where Christianity and feminism have common threads, and they are just a few examples.
Readers are encouraged to follow the links Devendra has embedded in her essay. 

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