I had been thinking for some time about why feminism bothered me so much, and not being content with the answers, and I had the thought that others have brought this up before but I am going to in a sense more to clarify my thoughts than anything else.
Questions about equality, ethics within marriage, the basis of male and female relationships are an endless argument. But what I’ve noticed within Christianity is that feminism obscures the issue of women and sin. In fact, bizarrely, it does the opposite from a Christian perspective of establishing equality: it absolves women of responsibility for the origins of their own sins.
The Bible doesn’t teach that your social or economic position absolves you of sin. You are not supposed to lie, commit adultery, steal, murder, profane the Lord’s name if you are a slave or a wealthy person.
So everything falls under the umbrella of this. Women who demand not to have to fulfill Paul’s words to the Church on marriage but insist on men doing their best to fulfill theirs are not looking to the beam in their own eye. In fact they are refusing to accept the concepts of fairness and justice as the Bible presents them. We hear a lot about ‘mutual love’ but the expression of this is blasphemous–it’s only mutual if the woman’s happiness is being pursued within the marriage.
Denouncing feminism to modern ears sounds like denouncing any virtues women might have. But to me that isn’t the point. Anything that gets in the way of doing the work of the Gospel in every aspect of life is evil and needs to be denounced. Feminism is an insidious and clever philosophical enemy that appeals to our basic desire to protect women, in particular in the way that it turns this on its head and says that chivalry has always been about oppressing women. But as we’ve seen, goodness does not lie in chivalry anyway.
So I think that this is the best way to denounce feminism–that it obscures women’s own responsibility for sin.