got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Thursday, February 23, 2006

more comments on the anti-college for women mindset (Karen)

Here is an example of first-hand experience with those who believe women ought not to attend college. Rachelle comments in this essay about what she terms "conservative feminism*" and how it relates to the education of women.

For a long while I would not have called myself a feminist and what has really made me rethink the whole issue has been my introduction (more recently) to what I call the anti-feminist. The person who tells me on the phone that he won't send his sons to the college I work for because we educate women and that my being in the workplace is contrary to Scripture and an affront to my husband; the homeschooling speaker who only allows women to work for him if they are working under the supervision of their husband, father, or brother, who also receives their wages; the woman who tells me that she doesn't know anything about the family finances because that would be usurping her husband's authority; the woman who tells me that our country would be much better off if women didn't have the right to vote; the girl I met with at her high school who speaks four languages (several of them self-taught) and whose eyes light up when we she asks me what they teach at my college but whose high school counselor tells me privately later will never be allowed to go to college because her parents are afraid that if she were educated "no man would have her." It is these people who have shown me what I am, a feminist. But I am uncomfortable with the term. Probably because of the name that socialist, radical and liberal feminists have made for the movement. But wait! There's a new label. (Actually several. Cultural and eco-feminism have been added too.) Conservative feminism. And that is the label I feel the most comfortable with, even if there are those in this arena that I am not entirely too sure about.

*Conservative feminism
" criticizes the feminism which "adopts a male model of careerism and public achievement as female goals, thereby denying women's need for intimacy, family, and children." They fear that "equality means death to the family." They often reject the popular feminist epigram, "the personal is political."


  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger michele said…

    They certainly don't want it, but they are pushing us to feminism! I cried when I read about the woman not usurping her husband and the girl not able to go to college because of her parents. I've never been a feminist before I became a Christian but I'm slowly becoming one since.

    The pastors tell us the woman's place is in the home and they are supported by their commentaries that interpret the Scriptures in the same way. They are supported by the writers of the past 2,000 years of church history but were these people reading Scripture through the lens of their own culture? Has anyone really examined this? Is everyone just reading Scripture through the lens of their tradition? Who would even bring this up in these churches where this type of doctrine is taught? Who is going to question their pastor? Who is going to question their husband when they believe that they are to be submissive to him?

  • At 8:43 AM, Blogger Jenni-brooke said…

    I linked to your website through some friends, and I have been following the posts and comments for a while, and I've read each one thoughtfully... I ask that you please read this article in light of the recent posts on women in college and the work place....

  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    But feminists have always simply said that "feminism is the radical idea that women are people."

    We in the late 20th and now early 21st century have been hurt by a very narrow view of feminism. Take a step back several decades, and it's a whole new picture -- noble, moral, and even holy.

  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Culture Shock said…

    Wow. I read the article on the link and I'm speechless. However, I am glad to read your blog and find out that there is a name for women who reject the notion that we have define ourselves by male values.

    I always believed that Feminism was about valuing women's lives and work in our own right. Not as a comprable experience to men's lives and work, but a completely different, equally honorable and neccessary pursuit.

    I guess not? *sigh* I hope to read more on your blog in the future! Smiles and happy thoughts!


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