Re: OT: Feminism (Was: OT: reality (wasRe: Atlantean))
|From:||Heather Fleming <hfleming@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 14, 2004, 1:31|
As another of the token posting females on the list, I thought I'd put in my 2 cents...
> PS Why doesn't there seem to be any feminists on the list? Despite the
> disagreements we have on everything from Tagalog grammar to the existence of
> Arhats, one can apparently refer to God with masculine pronouns here without
> drawing any flak whatsoever.
Meh. I'm all for inclusive language where appropriate, but I have no problem with
referring to the Judeo-Christian God as He (at least the first two Persons of
the Trinity, anyway). I certainly don't think God the Father is actually
_male_, but Jesus called Him Father and Daddy and that's good enough for me.
I've encountered some hymnals and prayer books that try to get away from
pronouns entirely by using God, Godself, etc., and it's just goofy. I'm all for
being against the exploitation of women, but good grief, there are far more
useful places to look for exploitation than which pronoun one uses to refer to
Then again, I suppose it also depends on your definition of "feminist." I wouldn't
call myself a "feminist" as that implies embracing certain schools of thought
that are completely antithetical to my own. "Feminism" (as the intellectual and
political movement which has its roots in Marxist thought, as opposed to merely
being against the exploitation of women) has some very scary roots and some
very scary philosophies attached to it, which IMO are just as degrading to both
men and women, if not more, than what they are ostensibly fighting. But I
I suspect there aren't any real "feminists" (as in, subscribing to conventional
Marxist-rooted feminist ideology) on this list because since at least the
posting population of the list is dominated by males, it's worthless.
But anyway, I'm a female, and I'm not offended by the use of male pronouns.
Heather, who is incidentally also a decidedly faith-holding Christian, and does not
feel in any way repressed.
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