Yesterday, my roommate and I went to a local church here in Harrisonburg. All the people were super nice and it was great, but I found myself questioning or not agreeing with what was being said. So, I’m thinking there has to be some kind of medium for me. I would like to believe I am a feminist but also religious. Is it possible to be both??
Obviously, most religions are centered around the patriarchal system. They don’t believe in marriage for all, having children out of wedlock, or reproductive rights, or the socially or politically-mandated roles of women in the family; which are all things that I question as a feminist.
So, I went and started searching on the internet about feminism and religion. Here’s usually the 3 things that feminist accept:
- Come to a personal conclusion that what you consider the fundamental tenants of a religion are compatible with your own world view even as the way they’ve been misinterpreted by the leaders of the religion isn’t.
- Rejection of organized religion, a movement toward so-called “spirituality,” which is seemingly defined by an amorphous belief that there’s something out there that you believe in and try to live your life by.
- Rejection of the existence of God.
When it comes to faith, everyone has a personal journey, and a personal decision. I
do understand writing about religion can be touchy, but personally dealing with
this and being fairly new to feminism, networking with other feminist is very
helpful. Many of the goals of the feminist movement are in opposition to the
current interpretations of God’s wishes is not an argument that feminism and a
belief in God are incompatible; It might be an argument that a particular
religion is incompatible. I personally, will always believe in God. I however
don’t agree with all things being preached though. If you’re a feminist and
religious please comment on how you adjust or how you think feminism and
religion can be compatible.