Oscar A. Jacome Serrano
May 7, 2018
Feminism in Christianity
Margaret Atwood uses the dystopian genre to discuss feminism and sexuality in order to create an awareness about how women are at risk of losing their rights. Feminism is a social movement that women support women and protects women over the power of men and because of it women at times, have become more powerful than men. Feminist protest to protect their rights for equal respect, and to address injustices. Men, being stronger than women, use their force to commit femicide, a crime where men mistreat women and too often even kill them. Women for too long were unable to speak up and had remain to submissive to their husbands because they used to depend on them, and although this is still true in too many cases, more women today are free of this lifestyle. There are 3 reasons what feminism can create like being single mothers, and not submitting to their husbands, domestic violence towards men.
Dystopian novels in general are effective because they solve the problem of feminism, it can give us an idea for how to solve the issue, encouraging us to take an action to resolve the problem, before it gets too far out of our control. Thus, what is happening in dystopian novels about feminism and sexuality is happening is real life. Women are being more independent from men still fighting for her rights to be respected like the minimum should be the same for men and women if they are working the same number of hours. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, women are raped by military leaders, while their wives stand by, all in the name of the power and religious ideas about feminism and sexuality. These women suffer mistreatment not in the form of domestic violence, but by being kept against their will.
Furthermore, the main character of the novel of the Handmaid tale her name is Offred “says why to pretend I need a man around, what are use they except for ten seconds worth of half babies.” “A man is just a woman strategy for making other women. (Atwood 139). “Men cannot be compare d with women, they are only better at fixing cars and playing sports like soccer just what we need for the improvement of the human race, right?” (Atwood 140) Next, I believe Offred’s decision of being by herself is acceptable, she has the free willing to decide what to do and she cannot be forced to what she does not want. At the moment being lonely make it an independent woman, she can find another solution if she does not want to compromise with a male like she can search a sperm donor to have her baby through insemination there is physical touch. Offred as a single mother shows a great example of feminism in society because she does not want to be control it by a man requiring a man to provide for her and her future child. However, people from the church cannot agree with Offreds decision of being by herself. According to the scripture in Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD GOD said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18 KJV). Making it clear that is wrong for women to be single mothers. Society sees single women as powerful women who may be divorced, separated, widows or simply women who does not need a man because she has all the aunts to maintain his child because she has all the resources at her reach.
Moreover, another example of feminism is when Moira offreds friend says Moira left that old lady Aunt Elizabeth tied up like a Christmas turkey behand the furnace. I wanted to kill her, I really felt like it, but now I am glad I did not do it because it was to make things worse for me. Moira escapes successfully from the Red Center it was her second time, she was wearing a brown outfit. She just walked right through the door to make her way out. Thus, she is a feminist woman because she is not willing to submit to the power of the commanders, she is fed up of being inside kind of like in prison also being force to have babies for the commanders that she prefers to escape to have a normal life with freedom like other women have, to drees with clothes she wants and it is also Offred’s desire to escape from the Red Center to be normal woman and dress like the women that appear in the magazines but she represses her feelings to submit to the commanders. The bible clearly states that wives should submit to their husbands in Ephesians 5:22-24 “22 wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church his body of the head of the church, his body of which he is the savior” 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:22-24). I spoke to a friend his name is Abraham and he gave me his point of view about religion because he is a Christian believer me as well, but we have different points of view. Afterwards he mentions wives submitting to their husbands does not mean women cannot speak its jus a rule God established. He also says women are able to speak up for him submitting means love, protection, guiding her spiritually and also teaching his children about the bible and if women is feminist and exchange roles with men to demonstrate they can do better things that men which it is a good idea because women can perform as well tasks men needs to have done and men can perform women tasks. But he says their house will crumble. My friend does not support feminism and machismo he only supports the word of God. In other words, the handmaid’s are concubines or lovers of the commanders with the permission of the wives because are under their control of them.
Religion plays an important role in society when it comes to feminism. Religion leads to leads to feminism. Religion makes seem like men having more power as a woman as properties or toys, and sometimes women does not agree men forced women to have sexual relationship with violence physical and emotional abuse creating domestic violence. It’s also how men were raised up in their families too and women are getting fed up of this lifestyle of being control by men all the time like not having the right to speak up simply not sharing their opinion and being physically and emotionally abuse, so they want to treat men as they were treated to show them how women suffer or an equality. When women are feminist they are protesting in the street for their rights. In feminism woman want to have more power than men, oppressed them treat them as something is not worth it, meaningless something that does not have a value this could be seen as extreme examples of a feminist woman.
According to the Dilemmas of Christian Feminism a theologian believes that is wrong to say that feminism is against church teaching. However, some women want their independence from these teachings. The purpose of feminism is to shape woman and portray women as equal human beings in the society. There are some discrepancies about women being weaker that’s why men are push to be dominant. Biblical testimonies of the equality between men and women. An evangelical of the creation about men and women according to the bible he says the old testament is proclaiming men dominance. Wayne Grudem says biblical wisdom creates violence and discrimination towards woman. Wayne Grudem admits he treat his wife equal but of course men and women have different social roles. He makes decisions for both that doesn’t mean his wife is submissive to him it’s just a decision he makes that will be benefiting or affecting him in the future because both work as team and most of the times the leader is the man
Elzbieta Adamiak is a feminist woman who likes to highlight the importance of women in the biblical text. However, other contemporary interprets miss concepts of her definition. She shows that in the book of Ruth there is feminism in the story because the mother in law and the daughter in law support each other to go forward together at the beginning Ruth did not want Noemi to follow her but Noemi did not do case of what she said. Noemi went wherever Ruth goes she will go with her because their husbands had died and they have each other, her mother in law could be like her mom. Researcher Jill Robson says nuns are a great example of feminism because they go to Catholic school and they learn to be independent from men, giving up having a family and dedicating her lifetime to serve the Lord, share the gospel and living a Holy life.
In The Other Hand, the good feminist looks in the story am I bad feminist? A good feminist making this question to herself in the court room. “What would a Good Feminist look like, in the eyes of my accusers?” In the story as we can observe for men does not exist good feminist at all. My mom is a good feminism because she wants to demonstrate to men what women are qualified to do, my mom says women are qualifying to performs men’s job too. In the article am I a bad feminist mentions “It seems that I am a “Bad Feminist.” I can add that to the other things I’ve been accused of since 1972, such as climbing to fame up a pyramid of decapitated men’s heads (a leftie journal), of being a dominatrix bent on the subjugation of men (a rightie one, complete with an illustration of me in leather boots and a whip) and of being an awful person who can annihilate – with her magic White Witch powers – anyone critical of her at Toronto dinner tables. I’m so scary! And now, it seems, I am conducting a War on Women, like the misogynistic, rape-enabling Bad Feminist that I am. Bad feminist and extreme feminists are dividing and hurting the society with all their hate towards because its good that women want to admit they can perform jobs that men can do and feel proud of that because of her guts. It’s a bad thing that woman says I am performing this job better than you are treating men as an object without value, oppressed them treat them as something meaningless and worthless.
Furthermore, As there are good feminists also there are bad feminists, a midwife and a feminist mother treated her daughter as if she were a son because the mother was a feminist she could not believe that life gave him a son and not a daughter. Since he was little his mom taught him to play with Barbies and told him that he was a girl. I also bought her women’s clothes. Her mother was afraid to take him to school knowing that she was going to behave like a girl or that her classmates will bully him. The boy at some point felt a bit embarrassed of behaving that way so her mother As there are good feminists also there are bad feminists, a midwife and a feminist mother treated her daughter as if she were a son because the mother was a feminist she could not believe that life gave him a son and not a daughter. Since he was little his mom taught him to play with Barbies and told him that he was a girl. I also bought her women’s clothes. Her mother was afraid to take him to school knowing that she was going to behave like a girl or that her compeaneros to bully him. The boy at some point felt a bit embarresed of behaving that way so her mother have to move to another house where nobody knew him because children who are bully can faced suicide. So to avoid bullying, the mother had to take her son to Tranformacion to be a woman so that she could feel comfortable and wear women’s clothes without any problem. and had 2 years that was the transformation at 14 years and still in process his mother was a member of thehas to move to another house where nobody knew him because children who are bully can faced suicide. So to avoid bullying, the mother had to take her son to Transformation to be a woman so that she could feel comfortable and wear women’s clothes without any problem. and had 2 years that was the transformation at 14 years and still in process his mother was a member of the LGBT charity to support some cases like her daughter was going through. Her mother died of cancer she cannot realize it, she continues to pursue her dream of being a mid-wife inspired by her midwife some anti-trans activities and evangelical seem to be against her. However, he knew that her dreams come true.
Finally the novel of Handmaid tale had gained popularity because the novel wants to realize the audience that women are living a lot of violence in society as human trafficking of humans what the handmaids are living and domestic violence is also lived but the handmaids do not experience violence but if they refuse to do what the commander tells them to do such to stay with the babies and that they agree to have sex with him but they can pay an expensive price sending them to the colonies with the un -women but most of the women who go to the colonies do not want to say that they do not want to have babies with the commander, those who send are women who are fertile. The colonies are polluted places with radioactive wastes women that go over get sick and can die quickly due to the poor conditions because they are used as labor slaves they have malnutrition and there is no hope for them because they know they are going to do die and helps us to bring certain problems to light because sometimes men or women are not aware of the problem but if we join together as a society we will identify the problems each one needs to do their bit because the social problems of the Feminism and sexuality concern us as a society.
In conclusion, we discuss how dystopian novels was ineffective or effective in the social issues of feminism and how and why the novel has regained popularity today and how it has once again, helped to bring certain social issues to light. Feminism is the doctrine and social movement that protects women over the power of men and empower woman for society to recognize the skills of them that have only been reserved for men. In the novel of handmaid tale we can see 3 examples of feminism and why religion is involve in feminism. The first example was Offred being an independent woman not requiring a male in her life. Moira, Offreds friend tied up Aunt Elizabeth like a Christmas turkey want to kill her, but she did not make things worse. Women can have degrees of architecture, welding, construction and that shows they are good feminist because they are proud of their capacities without putting men down because both can perform those jobs but of course mean have more forced than women at least some women are muscular. Women demonstrating bad or extremely feminism will be treating men worthless meaningless and something without value. She was not willing to get away with the commander’s rule that she decide to escape her first time it was not successful but her second time she came out successfully. My mother is a great example of a good feminist encouraging woman to recognize her abilities on how to perform men jobs,
“Am I a Bad Feminist?” The Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail, 15 Jan. 2018, www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/am-i-a-bad-feminist/article37591823/.!
“The Colonies.” The Handmaid’s Tale Wiki, the-handmaid tale.wikia.com/wiki/The_Colonies