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.

Woman this is WAR! Gender Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System, examines Bible commentary and translation practices which have historically been androcentric (male centered) and even misogynistic (anti-woman). 
   These have adversely effected understanding of the scriptures, relations between women and men, the happiness of men and women, and, in general, has hindered the work of the gospel, by forbidding women to preach, pastor, or serve as elders or deacons. The book chronicles the early history of the women's rights movements, as well as the role of church leadership in aggressively suppressing both women's rights and the historical record of Christian initiatives within the movements. 
   Through the complementarian movement, many of the same arguments used to support the institution of slavery, are still used today in suppressing the rights of Christian women. This book documents identical arguments used by Christian leaders against both movements and is an unparalleled resource for all who desire an in-depth study of gender equality from a historical and Christian perspective. 
   This book traces history of women’s rights, much further than usual, to the very first feminists…who were Christians—godly women, who brought the issue of women's rights to the forefront as they struggled to alleviate the suffering of others, and found they were hindered in doing so for no other reason than the fact of their sex. This work, provides valuable historical insight into Christian initiatives in the movements for women’s rights, that are rarely included in Christian literature.

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