Posts Tagged ‘feminism’

Just a Mom: Beyond “Having it All”

Mid-century or Second Wave Feminism was focused very distinctly on desires that women have to engage in creative work, an ideological thrust that has been implemented by encouraging women to enter the workforce. And today, after the dawn of the new millennium, we women still find ourselves very concerned with, even obsessed, with this dilemma of “balancing” professional success with the commitment we want to have to our children.

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook has implored...

Reconciling Feminism with Being Pro-Life

“Feminism” wears many hats. In some circles, it is the no-brainer idea that women are of equal value to men. In other places, it carries a more radical banner that advocates for all kinds of things, ranging from abortion, to casual sex, pornography and beyond. The terms “feminist” and “feminism” are so muddled it can be difficult to pin them down. Feminism claims to speak for women’s best interests and advocate for justice in the...

Beyonce and the newest wave of feminism

Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in his 1995 letter to women, “Transcending the established norms of his own culture, Jesus treated women with openness, respect, acceptance and tenderness. In this way he honored the dignity which women have always possessed according to God’s plan and in his love.” Nineteen years after the pope’s letter reached the eyes of Catholic women the world over, radical feminism has taken on a different tone. So long...

The Manliness of Chivalry

In Howard Pyle’s version of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, the Tanner sings a ballad entitled “The Wooing of Sir Keith” in which an old, ugly woman arrives at King Arthur’s court begging for the noble deed of a chivalrous knight:

“Quoth she, ‘I have a foul disease Doth gnaw my very heart, And but one thing can bring me ease Or cure my bitter smart,

There is no rest, no ease for...

Immodesty and the Culture of Death

On the evening of February 2, 2014, a group of topless feminists attacked Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela as he alighted from his car and tried to enter a Madrid church to celebrate Mass.  Casting all dignities aside, the women threw bloodstained underwear at him while cuffing him with their bare breasts. They shouted, “Abortion is sacred”. The feminist activists (called “Femen”) blamed the cardinal for the Spanish government’s bill which is aimed at...

False Promises for India’s Women

Since the brutal gang rape in Dehli in 2012, India’s rape laws have tightened significantly. While this is obviously a necessary and positive development, India is now also seeing a newer troubling phenomenon. An article in the WSJ reports that as a “desperate last resort,” women who find themselves pregnant out of wedlock and abandoned by the baby’s father are filing rape complaints against their former partners.

“No one keeps a tally, but...

Neither Conservative nor Liberal: Solving the Conundrum

Pope Francis presents a peculiar problem for the modern world. On the one hand, he is well-known for his concern for the poor and his strong commitment to Social Justice. On the other, he unequivocally opposes abortion. By virtue of the former commitment he qualifies as a “liberal.” But his opposition to abortion would make him eligible for the label “conservative.” How is it possible for one man to embody two seemingly mutually...

Women as Warriors?

Shall I tell you what my first impulse was on seeing the news conference at which Leon Panetta announced how “pleased” he was that the time had come to put an end to “the ground combat exclusion rule for women”? I thought the Secretary of Defense had gone off his rocker.

Why would an otherwise sane man authorize sending women into war? “Poor chap,” I said to my wife, “he’s gone completely crackers.” But...