Posts tagged feminism 101
#FaithFeminisms and Radical Reclamation

When I declare that I am a Christian feminist, I am engaged in a radical act of reclamation. I am declaring myself both as an individual and as an uncompromising part of two different worlds. I am becoming who God made me to be and declaring that my faith is about justice, it is about grace, it is about love. I celebrate God’s love every time I declare who I am, in my fullness, in my created being. She is my guiding light.

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Back to Basics: Consent Culture and Final Thoughts

And once that culture of consent is established in smaller interactions, it becomes part of our habit and part of our consciousness. This is a part of the cultural change that can begin with you. Teach your children both that their boundaries will be respected and that other people’s boundaries deserve the same respect. Start asking before you hug someone. Ask “Is this okay?” before a sexual encounter. Make consent a priority in your life and it will become a secondhand action soon enough.

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Back to Basics: The Performance and Presentation of Gender

The beauty of the Gospel is that it is liberating for all peoples as they are, in their lived experiences. If we reduce gender to a socially constructed idea based solely out of reproductive characteristics of sex, we flatten and destroy the beauty of the Gospel message for the Church Universal. We end up with a church of roles, a staged play, instead of a Church of community and love.

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Back to Basics: What is the Male Gaze?

And this is the rub – the male gaze is essentially the assumption that the audience of any act, whether it be a small daily ritual or a large blockbuster movie, will have an audience consisting of heterosexual men. It is this assumption that creates objectification – the inability to see women as anything but objects for male consumption. The male gaze has very real consequences, in that it convinces men that they are the objective normal, while women are Other, objects to be used and cast aside.

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#BacktoBasics: What is Intersectionality?

This is intersectionality. It is, simply, the recognition that oppression is a web of systems, that each person experiences oppression differently based on who they are as people and their social and geographical locations. A North Korean woman living in Japan experiences oppression differently than the same woman living in Los Angeles. Intersectionality, then, is the acknowledgement that everyone’s life experiences are different, and that we must listen to those closest to the oppressions to understand how they affect people.

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