The History of Feminism

Posted By on March 24, 2012

From Visionary Womanhood:

There isn’t a woman alive today who has not been impacted and affected by the philosophy of feminism.  Feminism began as a small movement of radical extremists sharing their viewpoint on what they believe is true feminism.  Their view has become the norm in our culture today and has worked its way into our homes and churches.

Feminism is not just about being for women.   It is a complete worldview.  What is fascinating is how quickly this worldview spread in such a short amount of time and how it has affected our culture in so many ways.

Betty Friedan, one of the founders of the modern feminist movement, viewed the differences between men and women as weaknesses.  She was bothered that women were staying home and not using their education.  They were “just” housewives and mothers.  She took a survey of women at her 15 year college reunion to see if they were satisfied with their lives and concluded that women were not happy and satisfied.  Friedan’s opinion was that the only way all women could truly be fulfilled was to go into the workforce and be like men.

According to Friedan, the sphere of women was, “kitchen, church and home.”  If women could be like men and have a “serious” career, they would find fulfillment.  Women were looked at as subservient.  They were the child bearers, so they were stuck at home raising  children.  Friedan viewed women’s differences as weaknesses, but as weaknesses that could be overcome.

Read the full piece HERE. The whole notion that the wife/mother at home isn’t using her brains or doing anything important just leaves us shaking our heads. It’s such a backwards, antiquated Marxist idea, but feminism can’t let go of it. This is the age of Etsy, for goodness’ sake! The household economy is roaring along strongly, thanks to families where wives and daughters are vitally important producers at home while also managing meals, keeping clothes mended, and demonstrating hospitality. More on this later. I’ve had an article brewing for months, but little time to sit down and work on it while being part of a busy, bustling household in Kenya. Real life at home is vibrant, rich, and fulfilling, folks!

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About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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4 Responses to “The History of Feminism”

  1. kfredlu says:

    While there has certainly been some missteps in the history of feminism, this post seems to equate that history with contemporary views. (What movement has not made mistakes? Has not been victim to the context of their times?) As a feminist who was raised by a stay a home mother who was also a feminist, my own history directly contradicts this post. My mother made the choice to quit her career in order to care for my brother and I. I am thankful that she made that decision every day of my life. However, the choice my mother made is not for every woman. Some women are not happy as stay at home moms just as others are not happy leaving their children at home while they go to work. In my opinion, feminism strives to ensure that all women have the opportunity to make the choice to stay at home or to work. Both choices should be valued and respected in the same ways by all women.

  2. kfredlu, it’s not just “missteps” here and there that are troubling — it is the long, steady march feminism has made from the beginning to destroy marriage and the biblical family model. Please see “You Don’t Know Feminism” for a walk through feminism in the words of its greatest champions. Feminism isn’t about choice — it’s about forcing women to choose its path by making it more and more difficult to choose anything else. Just look at what feminists did through “no-fault divorce” and destroying the idea of the living wage for single-income families. No one here says women cannot choose a career. Each person must make that decision for herself. You can’t make a law that changes the heart. What we oppose is feminists insisting that the rest of us who do not choose the career path fund their lifestyle through burdensome regulations (like taxpayer-funded childcare). If I want to stay at home, I must not only budget to live on one income, but I must see my husband fork over his tax money to go to government programs that subsidize childcare for those with two sources of income. How does that “value” or “respect” my choice to make home and family my career?

  3. sgtswife03 says:

    I just wrote a blog post last night on what feminism did to make me a contentious wife. It wasn’t all “feminism” really, but a small feminist idea that caused me to think I had to improve my husband, and that me as a woman had needs more “noble” than his, and how this almost destroyed our marriage. feminism has far reaching arms….
    http://www.infaithandpurity.blogspot.com/2012/04/contentious-wife.html

  4. Independent says:

    sgtswife03, i read your blog and that is really inspiring for even men. I can’t tell you how many women, especially Christian ones i come across who are like you wrote about. Women are human too and really need the soul food you got to help them learn how to be noble, desirable women. Anyways loved your story and i wish you and your family all the best.

    Thanks to websites like this that help bring that soul food for women to learn how to be women of Christ and noble for men. I think Men need stuff like this too but most of what men get is just shaming tactics and insults so men have learned to ignore it even if the message is on the right track.

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