Whoa Briana, you’ve gone too far. Please put your bra and makeup back on and shave your armpits okay? We don’t know what you’re talking about. Jesus doesn’t hate men. Jesus never demonized men. Jesus definitely never condoned the actions of a slut. So why in the world would Jesus be a feminist?
Well, let me start with a quick google search for you guys:
Wow, what? Okay, as you can see here, feminism is not about demonizing men, it’s not about female supremacy, it’s not about letting “sluts” be “sluts” (but we’ll get to slut shaming in a second)… feminism is about equality. Now, yes, of course there are feminists who hate men, feminists who want to blame their problems on men, feminists who…(yawn). Defining an entire movement by the actions of a few is exactly what we, as Christians, constantly complain about, is it not? So quit gritting your teeth at me for a second, and imagine me talking to you about this like every other cupcake-baking-nail-polish-loving woman.
I know that we do not, by any means, have it bad in America, but you cannot tell me that something isn’t terribly wrong here. We are in a world where a song explicitly about rape (looking at you, Robin Thicke) is not only made, but celebrated. What about “Paranoid” by Ty Dolla $ign ft. B.o.B? I mean, it’s a pretty fun song, but are they talking about women or dogs? Wait no, no one would ever talk about their dog like that. In the second verse he talks about having sex with a woman while she’s asleep. Last time I checked, you can’t consent while you are sleeping, so apparently B.o.B’s a rapist too. Look at Vine with guys like Curtis Lepore and MagCon. Curtis Lepore is accused of raping someone while she was sleeping, takes a plea deal, and immediately posts a vine with the song “F*** Dat B****” playing in the background, and thousands of teenage girls flock to his side. And MagCon is:
“A group of untalented, immature, obnoxious and disruptive teenage boys who deem themselves “internet celebrities.” This band of misfits travels across the country to “perform” their acts at hotels and various venues. These acts include: throwing water on each other, singing off key, jumping up and down and riding on hotel luggage carts”
Thank you, Urban Dictionary for that explanation. Teenage girls find these guys cute and funny and allow them to get away with stuff like this video. Apparently they deleted it, but not before someone saved it and reposted it. I couldn’t even watch it again. This mindset has hit this next generation so hard.
Something I find incredibly interesting is part of Eve’s curse after the fall found in Genesis 3:16:
“Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
“He shall rule over you” is a direct result of the fall of mankind. So it should be no shock to us that this mindset has permeated our culture and women are not treated as men’s equals in the world. Of course we’re treated like this, it’s part of the curse. However, if Jesus came with a purpose of redemption, if He came to set things back into the creative order for which He designed us, wouldn’t He have done something differently in his actions toward women? Of course He would have.
Let’s just look at the person Jesus revealed himself to first. It was a woman. If the fact that she was a woman wasn’t bad enough, she was also a Samaritan, someone despised and outcast in the Jewish culture. It even goes further in that she was on her 6th man and wasn’t even married to him, I mean, Jesus should probably have slut-shamed her, right? That’s normally what we do as a church whenever we read this passage. No, Jesus didn’t do that. He chose her as the first person to tell that He was the Messiah.
In John 8, the Pharisees bring Jesus a woman who was caught in adultery wanting to stone her; Jesus treats her in a completely different way than what they thought. After He shames out the Pharisees for their self-righteousness, He tells the woman that He doesn’t condemn her and instructs her to stop sinning. He treats this woman, this “slut” with love, respect, and kindness. He treats her like she’s a human being.
In Luke 7, Jesus treats another “sinful woman” with compassion. This woman is washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair, and a Pharisee says that she is unworthy to touch Jesus. Once again, Jesus calls the man out and shows how precious this woman is to Him.
In Luke 8, women are the ones accompanying Jesus and providing for His ministry. Jesus’ financial providers were women.
The first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection was a woman. I think you’re getting my point, though.
Galatians 3:28 says,
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
We are all one in Christ.
I’m not trying to argue about all the scripture on women’s behavior in the church. Honestly, I’m not even sure what my point is in this post. It just makes me really sad that the “secular” world has taken it on themselves to begin correcting what the church should already be working toward. For example have you seen the new commercials by Pantene and Always? These commercials portray a better image of God’s view of women than most churches. Feminism is not a Christian movement, but shouldn’t it be? Shouldn’t we, as Christians, be fighting for God’s redemptive plan and following what Jesus did? Isn’t that what Christians are: Christ followers? Why do we worry so much about what people think of us? Why do so many women find the need to bash other women who are fighting for them? Why do so many men act like supporting women as equals will immediately take away their masculinity? If masculinity is based on how terribly you treat women, then maybe it needs to be taken away.
I guess my point is this: don’t use religion as a way to further oppress women, because Jesus didn’t do that. If you click on oppress it’ll take you to the definition where you’ll very clearly see that Jesus did the exact opposite of those things. If we’re going to be like Jesus, we have to treat people like Jesus treated them. This doesn’t just go for how to treat women. This same post could be re-written for so many other different groups and types of people.
Right after Jesus began His ministry, this event took place:
And he [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21
Part of the purpose of Jesus’ ministry is to set free those who are oppressed. With that being said, I want to leave you with this quote from my former college roommate, Ivie:
“I did some soul searching in the past 15 minutes and realized I’ll never burn a bra but I’ll never be okay with men putting down feminism.”