Saturday, October 22, 2005

How Much Freedom Does Feminism Really Bring?

This morning my husband was watching a national news show, and they had a piece about a woman who has chosen to become Muslim and wear a burkha, the traditional dress of a Muslim woman. She's a young non-Arabic Canadian woman, married to a Muslim man. She became Muslim when she was 20 years old and chose to submit herself to that religion's rules.

The thing that caught my attention was that a group of women were gathered around this woman, arguing with her. They were angry that she had chosen this way of life, this style of dress. Isn't this what feminists have been fighting for, the right to choose what kind of life they want to live? Have they really? Or have they actually been fighting solely for their specific feminist agenda? The typical feminist believes that no woman should put aside her own desires for any man or child; that to have worth, a woman must have a rewarding and financially successful career; that a woman should postpone having children, and should she find herself unexpectedly pregnant, she should have the right to end that pregnancy if it's inconvenient to have a baby at that time. I'm not saying that all feminists believe these things, but that's the typical thing we hear in the media from feminist leaders.

So . . . as I was watching this segment on the news show this morning, I wondered why these ladies were so upset with this young woman? Was it because she was being deceived by a false religion that will keep her out of Heaven? Was it because her husband was abusing her? Is she being held against her will in a loveless marriage? Is she in slavery? None of these things are happening to her. She is happily married, the mother of 3 little boys. She appeared healthy and happy. The problem was that she had chosen a lifestyle different than their ideal. They just can't get their heads around the fact that some people don't swallow what they're pushing. So I'm not convinced that feminists are really out to set women free; they're out to make them into their conception of what womanhood should be.

They say they fight for your freedom to choose, but when you choose to be different than the majority, they try to sway you to their side. When you choose to have more than 2 children, you must be shown that you are wrong. When you choose to submit to your husband, you must be wrong; why, you're being abused by that man! When you choose to quit your job and stay at home with your children, you are wrong; you're wasting your life. So it's not really about choice. It's really about their agenda. And they say Christians are bigots???

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