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Feminism Is An Act Of Love

Rolande Sumner

 

Feminism is an act of love. As the bible has written, “love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” (The Bible App, n.d.) Feminism began as a response to the lack of this very principle written in the bible.

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Love Finds No Joy In Unrighteousness

Unrighteously we were denied higher education. It wasn’t until 1742, a mere 274 years ago, when Moravian College in Pennsylvania was established as an institution of women’s education (Moravian College, n.d.). Those who pursued their education were demeaned by their friends, family and peers. Their characters were attacked. Unrighteously the legalization of our right to vote was not approved until 1919 in the 19th Amendment (The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). This did not stop insecure men from trying to prevent women from voting. Many women were physically and verbally attacked and demeaned. Nearly 100 years later the country has yet to have a women president. Unrighteously women were not allowed to choose what she could do with our body until 1973 via the Jane Roe virus Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade lawsuit (National Cable Satellite Corporation, n.d.). Though the law was passed, it was limited. Still today, we are still fighting to preserve that right. In 2000 73% of full-time working women are paid less than their male counterparts (Spraggins, 2000). That number has not changed.

Rejoices In The Truth

Feminism is an act of love. It rejoices in the truth of a women’s contribution to society. Feminism recognizes our strength and prowess and bravely supports our right to choose. The word itself means “advocating social, political legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men; a persons who advocates equal rights” (Random House Inc., 2016). Nowhere in its definition does it advocate hate of men. In love, feminism protects and empowers other women’s right to choose, despite our own personal feelings.

 

It Bears All Things

Feminism bares the negative connotation that non-supporters impress upon it while it defends the rights and choices of its sisters. For instance, we are often portrayed as angry bitter lesbians and bitches who hate men. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Now let me be clear. Being gay or lesbian isn’t the problem. Everyone has the right to love who they wish. The problem lies in the belief that because feminist refuse to idly stand by and accept antiquated societal roles, we would automatically hate men. The problem is we are negatively represented as angry and bitter because we choose to stand up for ourselves and our sisters. It is in love that we persist in our pursuit for equality.

Believes All Things And Hopes All Things

It is in the act of love that we stand on our beliefs and continue to pursue not only the equality of our sisters, but for fair treatment. We believe that demeaning and unfair treatment of anyone, but particularly women is unacceptable and sign of insecurity. It is not enough to have the right to choose, but to be treated fairly while we exercise those rights.

 

Endures All Things

It takes love to continue to hope for improvements when society says we have enough choice. However, hope is nothing without work and endurance. Feminist efforts have endured the fight for women’s education in 18th century, the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the 19th century and equal pay now. It will continue to endure future feminist movements beyond the 21st century.

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References

Moravian College. (n.d.). College History. Retrieved May 29, 2016, from Moravian.edu: http://www.moravian.edu/

National Cable Satellite Corporation. (n.d.). Landmark Cases. Retrieved May 29, 2016, from Roe v. Wade | 1973: http://landmarkcases.c-span.org/Case/12/Roe-V-Wade

Random House Inc. (2016). Feminist. Retrieved May 29, 2016, from Dictionary.com: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/feminist?s=t

Spraggins, R. E. (2000, March). Census.GOV. Retrieved from Census Brief: Women in the United States: A Profile: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cenbr001.pdf

The Bible App. (n.d.). 1 Corthinians 13: 6-7 (HCSB). Retrieved May 29, 2016, from Bible.com: https://www.bible.com/search/bible?q=1%20corinthians%2013&version_id=72

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. (n.d.). National Archives. Retrieved May 29, 2016, from America’s Historical Documents: http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/document.html?doc=13&title.raw=19th+Amendment+to+the+U.S.+Constitution%3A+Women%27s+Right+to+Vote

 



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