Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Although I know that I’m not liberal when it comes to women issues, I would like to think I’m not quite conservative either. [I suppose it just depends on who I'm comparing myself to].
Many feminists advocate choice. Women have the choice to decide if they want to be in the home full-time or in the work-force full-time. They have the choice whether they want to use birth control. They have the choice to terminate a pregnancy or not. Reproduction rights in particular is based on the assumption that a woman are in control of their body and no one [read: no man] can tell her what to do or not do.
I would say that Christian women in marriage relationships do not have full reproductive rights over their bodies: to choose whether they should have kids or not, or how many kids, for that matter.
Why? Because our bodies are not ours alone. Our bodies belong to our spouse as well. So, the woman doesn’t get to have the full decision on whether she wants to bear children (which is what feminists would absolutely claim). It’s the husband and wife’s decision together- because they are one. [Please note that this does NOT read that it's the man's decision either].
So, before this realization I think I would have called myself an evangelical feminist. But now I’m not so sure they’d want me in their camp .