Feminism as Means of Empowering Women
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This paper discusses how women who are the victims of inequality can empower themselves through feminist ideals. The writer gives an example of a personal friend's experience in an abusive marriage, and discusses two feminist texts, Susan Brooks Thistlewaite's book "Every Two Minutes: Battered Women and Feminist Interpretation," and Karen Lebacqz' book, "Love Your Enemy: Sex, Power, and Christian Ethics." Both aim to enable women to find power in themselves to face a society that demeans them. Thistlewaite explains that violence against women can only be resolved if the underlying doctrines that support it are first understood and reevaluated. Lebacqz lists strategies for women who desire to be a part of a heterosexual relationship, yet wish to retain their feminist ideals.
From the Paper:"There are many different approaches as to how inequality women suffer through violence can be prevented. Here, we see two different ways. Thistlewaite's suggestion involves seeking help and participating in groups, such as Bible studies, in which women can work out their problems together. This exercise enables them to build self-esteem and confidence. Also, it is primarily aimed at religious women, particularly those who have Catholic or Christian faiths, who excuse the abuse they suffer because they blindly believe that the Bible allowed it. In contrast, Lebacqz provides a more self-help way to keep women from wallowing in an abusive relationship. It is general advice that all women should heed until better ethics that can make more mutual, just, and truthful heterosexual relationships, are formulated. Both texts, however, accept that violence against women is inhumane and set their ultimate goal as eradicating this form of violence."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Lebacqz, Karen. "Love Your Enemy: Sex, Power, and Christian Ethics." Feminist Theological Ethics (1994): 245-261.
- Thistlewaite, Susan Brooks. "Every Two Minutes: Battered Women and Feminist Interpretation." Feminist Interpretation of the Bible (1999): 302-311.
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