Root Causes And Self-Identification

I am a radical feminist.

This doesn’t mean that I’ll “go further” than you, or that I’m more fervent in my beliefs than you. It means what “radical” means — that is, root. I believe that patriarchy is at the root of every expression of human evil. As a Christian, I call these expressions of human evil “sin” and “rebellion against God,” and so I believe patriarchy to be profoundly, irredeemably sinful. And while I’m married to a man and have two sons I love with everything I have, I’m not at all hesitant to assert that masculinity is the rotten fruit of the diseased tree of patriarchy, and I despise it.

“Liberal” feminists believe that the law can change patriarchy by neutering its effects — but I reject “liberal feminism” because it doesn’t engage in a discussion of the root cause of it all. I was created by a God who is neither female nor male but only perfectly represented in the female and the male, and I worship a Savior God whose salvation comes from his humanness, not his maleness. I revere a Bible whose Gospel message proclaims the eternal overthrow of the sin of patriarchy. No proper expression of Christianity, then, can practice, defend, or accept patriarchy, and I cannot be in fellowship with those who practice, defend, and applaud my subordination and subjugation in stark disobedience of the tenets of the Gospel. Period. The masculinist Church defends what benefits the men in it, and dares call itself “faithful.”

Its deception will not continue with my cooperation.

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