- white people are not the bad guys
- Christian people are not the bad guys
- Republicans are not the bad guys
- straight people are not the bad guys
- cisgender people are not the bad guys
- rich people are not the bad guys
- men are not the bad guys
- racist, bigoted, homophobic, ignorant, selfish, and / or rude people are the bad guys
dear social justice bloggers
Before you judge, I want to let you know a few facts about me:
Intellectual questions please. But you can ask anyway.
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I am a human being of the same flesh and bone like you and me.
I am a woman and a feminist.
I do believe in God and I will continue to do so because He will always forgive and love me no matter what.
But I also believe everyone, catholic or not, should have equal rights and defend those who are overlooked and are forced to be silent. I believe a pregnant woman should be trusted to have the liberty of deciding what's best for her baby's welfare than to have my government (I'm looking at you China) or 70-80yr chaste men (cough*cardinals and popes*) who will never carry a child inside their own bodies in their lifetime decide for them.
If you are wondering, I am pro-choice. I am concern for my health first before I am ready give another life. How could the fetus be healthy if the mom is not? Worse, what happens to the mother when the attention is on how the fetus will be born and not how it will be raised? We, as women, are the only gender to carry a fetus for nine months.
Until women received adequate healthcare and the same career opportunities as males without sexual or physical prejudice, if we can trust women to make their own decision thats suits them, then I will go back to being pro-life. I am still waiting for the change.
I am proud who I am whether you damn me or praise me.
sexpositiveodyssey asked: I just discovered your blog and love it. The past few months, I've been attempting to reconnect with Catholicism. My horrific experiences as a child and teenager in an extremist parish lead me to feminism. Un-alienating myself from Catholicism is difficult enough as I'm hesitant to open up to both clergy and laypersons, then feminism just doubles the difficulty. Do you have any advice for an alienated-Catholic feminist attempting to return?
I appreciate your support of this blog. For your question, I thought long and hard to give you the right answer (hence I was on hiatus for bit. Sorry!) I am also struggling with balancing my faith and beliefs however I have come to the conclusion that I can not solve all the world’s problems. I am not being pessimistic but it’s the truth. I am sorry you have to experience such darkness in our Church the in past but evil does not come from God. I learn from the outside that darkness is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of Good meaning it was not created to begin with. That evil only spreads when the good people do nothing.
Simply ask yourself a question when you sit or kneel in a church or temple: Why are you here? Who are you here for?
When I go to Church, I don’t go only for my favorite priest or that the Catholic Church does not force you to donate 10% of your income each year. I go because I am in love with Christ. He is the air I breath and the water I drink. I need Him to survive in this harsh environment of our world. Without Him, I cannot survive but I will be forever lost in the dark. You and I are Children of God and like real children, it is normal to question the Church, the doctrine, and most of all about our beloved Heavenly Father. Out of all the religions out there, I remain Catholic because I believe it’s the only Church that Jesus told St. Peter to build. Catholicism is one of the few religions that actually respects women in a sense gives representation to. The first disciple of Christ was a woman and that is His Holy Mother Mary.
When you see extremists and priests that you don’t agree with, remember that we are all God’s children and we should treat how we treat our siblings or cousins. We don’t always get along but we must forgive and love our enemies as Jesus commanded it. That’s how we heal and move on. Now there are doctrines and traditions that I don’t always agree with such as the strict gender roles in the church however the Catholic Church dates back about 2000 years. It’s traditions, doctrine, and dogma stem back to a patriarchal Judaic society where Jesus was born. Many customs were copied from culture to culture to avoid persecution or to convert more followers peacefully (Read the history of Christmas!) So I learn to accept the Catholic Church however that does not mean I am not a feminist. I can’t stand the double standards and I long for a female pope but I must understand why this does not happen so easily. Some lay women and nuns (such are the nuns of Calcutta) prefer to help the poor intimately rather get involved with politics and that in it’s self is being Christ-like. Most importantly, we as Catholics are called to be Christ-like but God also blessed us the ability of free will. Did you know, our new Pope, Francis I has spoken that Catholic Church should not solely be obsessed with issues on gay marriage, abortion, and contraceptives. Does that means his beliefs change to fit with the modern times? Definitely not considering his past issues. However, for the first time in 35 years, he wants to change the attitude of the Church to focus on what Jesus has called for all of us Christians to do is to serve the poor and the oppressed. Please read this article:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
I hope it helps. May God be with you always, my sister-in-faith!