Newsflash: there is a NEW feminism!

28 03 2009

Newsflash feminists: THERE IS A NEW FEMINISM!  It’s called YES FEMINISM!, as defined by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, speaking at the recent 1st International Conference on Woman and Human Rights.  The conference was themed “Life, Family, Development: The Role of Women in the Promotion of Human Rights,” and occurred last Friday and Saturday in Rome. It was organized by the Pontifical Council, the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family, and the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization.  Out with the old, in with the new.  “Old” feminism is no longer in:

The old feminism was based on egocentric individualism, often egotistical. The new feminism must be interlaced with love for life, for the family, for others; a feminism regulated by charity, the queen of the virtues.

Hear that ladies and gentleman?  The “old” feminism really did not value life, the family, others, and social work.  In fact, it hates life, motherhood, marriage, the family, etc, and it did nothing for charity or social justice causes.

Goodbye egocentricism and hello “yes” feminism!  Apparently this “new” feminism unites the best intuitions from the process of female emancipation while denying all that is contrary to the true dignity of a person.  Mind you, “the true dignity of a person” includes absolutely no abortion and no to pro-choice activism.  After all, cells that have yet to form a fetus are persons too!

The Cardinal also stated, “There will be no new feminism without God, especially if God is not discovered as Love.”  Okay, got that?  So from now on feminists must all believe in God.  Because God is Love.  And if you don’t get that then you’re not a feminist.  Away with you atheists and agnostics!  How dare you call yourselves feminists when you have not discovered God and the Love He represents and shares?

What exactly is yes feminism though?  Hear it from the wise one:

Cardinal Martino explained that it must promote a “yes feminism,” that encompasses a “yes” to God, Father of the whole of humanity and Creator of man and woman in his image and likeness, a “yes” to life, to all life and to everyone’s life, always, a “yes” to the family founded on marriage, a unitive and fruitful love between a man and a woman, and a “yes” to women and to their genius.

Get it?  Yes feminism means yes organized religion, yes heterosexism, yes heterosexual marriage, yes patriarchy!  Yes! to all the women who geniusly comply with patriarchy!  If you support the diversification of households/family structures instead of solely recognizing heterosexual marriages and a woman’s rights to her body and her body autonomy, then it seems that new feminism is unfortunately not for you.  Oppose patriarchy?  You’re in the wrong place.  What a bummer, right?

Furthermore, the Cardinal says:

To deny nature, that is, to deny that the human person is above all a project loved and accomplished by God the Creator, which it is not good to subvert arbitrarily, is the focal point that must be made very clear. When nature is denied, the human person is no longer a project, but becomes inexorably a product either of culture or of technology.

Ahh…reducing women to their bodies?  The right thing to do, of course.  Because women are just “nature”, they are confined to their biology and their reproductive functions.  So don’t dare use birth control or even consider abortion because it’s only natural for women to be mothers and caretakers, y’know.  Don’t forget, feminism = the heterosexual, nuclear family.  Don’t you dare refute that!

Alrighty, Cardinal and all others who support him, all this talk about this so-called “new” feminism is just a mask for “have we killed feminism yet?”  Want the answer?  NO you haven’t killed feminism!  Sorry, feminism is not about bowing down to patriarchy.  “New” feminism = patriarchy, which is so NOT the case!  No thanks Cardinal, but I think that I”m content with plain “old” feminism.  New feminism, a.k.a patriarchy, just isn’t my style.


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2 responses

29 03 2009
queerofcolor

Another attempt by institutions that rely on essentialism for their continued power at subverting a discourse by “reinventing” it into something which is supposedly more evolved but actually a gloss for the same tired tenets designed to keep people in their place.

12 11 2009
M

I’m so sick of the corruption of society by organized religion. This “yes feminism” is really, “recognize you don’t have a choice or a say and give up” feminism.

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