In the first installment, we looked at the worldly definition of Feminism and briefly explored its spiritual origins. Here, we delve into its history, exploring the various “strains” that exist, and take a cursory look at one of its chief protagonists.
We begin with Radical Feminism, which seeks to abolish patriarchy by challenging existing social norms and institutions.
This includes challenging the notion of traditional gender roles, the sexual objectification of women, opposing scripture as relating to marriage, and raising public awareness about issues as rape, misogyny, violence against women, and the wage gap – but all through propaganda and the misrepresentation of information.
Whilst many feminists may claim not to align themselves with this radical agenda, its militant flavour provides the bulwark of theoretical thought in Feminism, and forms the foundation for the rest of “feminist flavors”. It is also the one most responsible for the collective framing of social consciousness on the issue.
You also have Liberal Feminism – the variety working within the structure of mainstream society to integrate women into that structure. Then there is Marxist and Socialist Feminism – which claims that women are oppressed, and attributing that oppression to the capitalist/private property system.
And of course, you have Cultural Feminism with its message of sexual freedom, women owning their bodies, having the right to be promiscuous, post naked pictures online, or being free to auction their virginity to the highest bidders.
This kind of feminism is popularised by the likes of former stripper Amber Rose and her “Slut Walk”, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and even Chimamanda Adichie with her “women do not have to cover themselves or close their legs” argument.
And there is more. We have Black feminism, Eco feminism, Anarchist feminism, Separatist feminism and even I-Feminism. And raging nicely underneath all this, is the issue of abortion rights.
Suffice to say, like anything sown by Satan, Feminism is riven with confusion and misdirection at every turn; with different factions disagreeing over the disparate agendas, and adherents disavowing or aligning themselves with the various “flavours”.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say most feminist are in some type of dissonance regarding exactly what they are following. However, the one thing that binds them together, is the notion that women are victims of men and balance of power needs to be readdressed.
We cannot discuss the history of Feminism without mentioning the extraordinary Mary Wollstonecraft – often referred to as the “first feminist”. Born to a violent abusive alcoholic father and a weak unsympathetic mother, these factors were to later shape the direction of her life. Her book, “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” (1792) spoke the language of “women’s empowerment” and human rights long before the terms existed.
In it, she argued women were silly and superficial, not because of an innate deficiency of mind, but because men had denied them access to education; tying perfectly into the feminist notion that women were “victims” of men.
But Mary Wollstonecraft was a woman tormented by personal demons. She was manic depressive who attempted suicide multiple times – jumping into a freezing Thames on one attempt. She engaged in affairs with married men, and had what can only be described as lesbian tendencies. She also viewed marriage as a form of slavery – a view shared by prominent feminists today, and one that forms the foundational pillar of feminist ideology based on a deep hatred for marriage, patriarchy, and the God mandated dynamics in a marital relationship.
Please understand that feminist theory defines Patriarchy as “an unjust social system that enforces gender roles and is oppressive to both men and women. It often includes any social, political, or economic mechanism that evokes male dominance over women”.
Let that sink in for a moment.
It is not accidental that people like Mary Wollstonecraft, Women’s suffrage (voting rights), and the “women’s rights” movement began to appear around the same time, and truly heralded the beginning of Feminism.
In Part 3, we look at the Suffrage movement – the seemingly noble cause of women having the right to vote, and explore how it explicitly contradicts God’s will, along with its consequences.
In the same vein, we also take a look at the deep hatred Feminism has for marriage, and uncover its proscribed agenda against patriarchy and the God mandated dynamics between a couple.