I would without a doubt consider myself a feminist but, honestly, sometimes feminism makes me SO MAD!
I'm sure a lot of you have seen the video going around of little girls dressed like princesses throwing the F-Bomb around to promote some shock value awareness for women's rights. Nope, I'm not going to link to it because I think it's just WRONG! That is NOT feminism - that is child exploitation. I do not believe that anyone should use children in that way to get their point across. Please do not tell me that it's just because they were little girls that people like me are all hot and bothered about it. If it had been little boys dressed like superheroes cussing up a storm in order to promote some cause I would be just as disturbed.
To be honest, it's my precious little sisters who remind me of why I am so upset my the video. It's my unborn son who reminds me that it's important to speak out when I believe something is wrong.
Let me tell you, I would hate it if my little sisters were used in a public service announcement like that one - displaying blatant disrespect and language that is not ok for a child their age to use. No one should demand respect by being disrespectful. That's a completely ridiculous way of going about things. Sure, the issues the PSA is speaking out about are horrific. A woman should not make less money than a man for doing the same work. One in five women should not be sexually molested - none should! A woman should not be judged by her physical appearance but instead by her character. (Those little girls weren't showing the best character, though...) All that is correct but I would still be so angry with the producers/camera people/editors/anyone else involved in producing the video if my sisters were a part of it - just like I'd be angry with an employer paying either of them less than a man for equal work or with a man who sexually molested either of them or with a person who judged my sisters based on their physical appearances. Two wrongs don't make a right. Getting girls to act out in order to raise awareness for other wrong actions is still wrong. That is not feminism.
Feminism is recognizing that we are all made in the image of God. He instilled His character into each and every individual walking the earth and we should treat each other in that light. Since we are all image bearers of Christ, we should be treating one another with love and equality. We should show others respect simply because of their intrinsic worth in light of God's Kingdom. We should not be so quick to break things into "women's roles" and "men's roles."
I desire to raise my son in an environment where gender roles are not a huge deal. I want him to see his daddy cooking dinner and his mommy messing around with tools but I also want him to see his mommy sewing and his daddy chopping wood. I want him to feel as though roles are interchangeable and fluid. I want Caleb to see his mommy and daddy working as a team - as equals - and for him to understand that that's how men and women should relate to one another. You better believe that Nate and I are going to get Caleb a play kitchen AND toy tools. We'll be getting Caleb trucks AND baby dolls. He may love all his toys or he may be drawn to some and not to others and that is more than ok.
We certainly will teach Caleb what it means to be a man - treating all others with respect and kindness (yes, that includes women!), being a hard worker (just like women should be!), and loving the Lord with all his heart (just like a woman should!). I guess we're going to be raising Caleb to be a true feminist... I'm sure the women in his life will thank us.
Did you see that PSA? What did you think about it?
How do you feel about feminism and gender roles?
How do you explain humanity being formed in the Image of God?