Dictionaries and Other Nice Things
At the risk of breaking the second commandment of church speaking (the first being refraining from starting any talk with, “The For the Strength of Youth pamphlet says…”), I'm going to start this post with a definition (I know, I'm sorry!):
- the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
Read it twice. Read it thrice.
Let's review. Feminism is decidedly not defined as “supporting women's choices,” “respecting women,” “elevating women's causes,” “supporting what women think is right,” or anything like unto it.
If you disagree, then you cannot argue with my position, on principle. Rather, you must support and respect me in my statements because I'm calling the woman card.
Demanding that women be “respected” and “supported” for what they think, say, and do—outside of the specifics of what they think, say, and do—doesn't help women. It doesn't show that we are capable or smart or…well…equal. Rather, is proves that we need special accommodations because what we think, say, and do cannot bear the scrutiny of the outside world or the application of logic.
These demands also imply that we believe men—universally and for no other reason than that they exist—are to be granted that same support and respect in all they think, say, and do and feminists are simply expecting equal treatment.
Stop whining. Start thinking. Win.