This is a blog dedicated to promulgating feminism–my version of it.
There are many different kinds of feminism. I’m not sure I fit into any specific catagory of it, although I think the closest fits may be militant radical feminism and Christian feminism, both of which I heavily identify with. At any rate, these are my beliefs–and the beliefs I’m going to talk about on the blog.
Belief 1: Women all over the world are oppressed and living in a system called patriarchy. Patriarchy is a system that has created and enforced an unnecessarily hierarchichal system of power relations where men hold more power than women, the industrialized nations dominate and control the developing and undeveloped nations, the rich oppress and victimize the poor through multinational corporations and other economic devices,, and Caucasians dominate People of Color. This belief has been backed up and verified by many, many observers. Patriarchy’s bastard children are racism, sexism, homophobia, and all the lovely prejudices used to oppress, silence, and dominate others.
Belief 2: Mind control, modeling from other human beings, and indoctrination are the primary tools used to school people into patriarchal power relations. In other words, from the time we are born until the time we die we are indoctrinated and trained–just like domestic animals!–into a system dictating just how the power relations are and what is “supposed to be.”
Belief 3: The secondary and tertiary tools used when the initial tools fail to achieve thorough subjugation are physical force and economic destruction–thus domestic violence, murder by an acquaintance/loved one, etc., is most often (but not always!) preceded by an attack upon the victim’s economic well-being–i.e., taking paychecks, demanding total control of the checkbook, insisting on being the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, isolating the victim, forbidding work outside of the house, etc. This holds true in terms of individuals oppressing individuals. If we are observing group-to-group oppression, i.e., Ku Klux Klansmen going after African-Americans, frequently the secondary tools used in oppression are economic, with violence becoming the tertiary tool. This also holds up in terms of nations invading other nations–for example, the boycott of Iraq just prior to the Second Persian Gulf War invasion. (When I use the terms primary, secondary, and tertiary, I’m referring strictly to the numerical sequence of the actions, not necessarily the most important or effective action. However, my bias is that the primary actions–that of attacking the minds of the targets–are the most important in terms of effect. Thwart the mind attacks, and the attackers are either forced to reveal a Neanderthal hand or go away.
Belief 4: Patriarchy is an abomination to God. I don’t care how many Biblical verses the Rightist Fundamentalists quote to suit their purposes: patriarchy is an abomination and an offense to God. One of these days, I’ll make an analysis of the Genesis account of Adam and Eve’s fall and their subsequent exile from Eden, posted on this blog. Suffice it to say that Yahweh never wanted this to be the state of affairs between men and women. Yahweh God is a God of freedom in the Spirit, not a god who wants us to walk in the flesh. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3: 28-29, New American Bible). The initial radical spirit of Christianity–that Spirit that destroyed all barriers between God’s children–has been misrepresented, compromised, and undermined by state-sponsored Churchianity. Christians need to reclaim it!
Belief 5: The first step in combatting patriarchy is to examine the linguistic, subliminal, non-verbal, and spoken indoctrinations that spawn its worldview in us all. This means examining all mass marketing and advertising, media programming, news, religious indoctrination, subliminal persuasion, male-female relations from cradle to grave, and other forms of brainwashing not mentioned here.
Belief 6: This blog is specifically for acting on Belief 5.
Belief 7: You don’t have to be Christian to benefit from or participate on this blog. Atheists, agnostics, and people of all other religions and spiritualities are welcome to read and participate on this blog, provided that the participating party is of *GOOD WILL.*
Belief 8: Any and all feminists, feminist allies, and pro-feminists are welcome to the discussion here–provided that you abide by the discussion rules.
Belief 9: Success is the *only* option.