Monday, July 18, 2016
The Truth about "Selfish" Rights for Women
Complementarian authors accuse egalitarian Christians of agitating for "selfish" rights, but the facts are that most Christian feminists (until very recent times) focused almost exclusively on righting social wrongs against other people--aside from just the women themselves. The American Woman's Rights movement came into its own when women found that they were being seriously handicapped in their efforts in helping other people by no more than the fact that they were women.
At the time of the Seneca falls Women's Rights Conference in 1948, the issue of the oppression of women was finally being dealt with--primarily because of the Abolition movement--and Christian women were beginning to focus on themselves as well. But even in that respect, when civil war broke out over Southern secession (because of the slavery issue), leaders of the Woman's Rights movement agreed to forestall efforts towards securing the vote for women until after the war was ended. They had no problem with agreeing that slavery was a much greater evil than women not having the vote.
Fairly "un-selfish" I'd say.
Posted by Jocelyn Andersen
Labels: "Selfish" Rights, Abolition, Christian History of Women's Rights, Civil War, Complementarian, Egalitarian, Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention, Slavery
Jocelyn Andersen is a domestic violence survivor, a Bible teacher and ordained minister. She is outspoken for functional equality of the sexes, and a publisher of Christian books.