Heads up to all Christians and other religionists out there. Yes YOU! You know who you are. The ones who think that the internet is a big mission field where you can evangelize to your heart’s content. Well, don’t do it here. I’ve been tip-toeing around this issue for months now, but it seems that I finally need to put my foot down. I realize that in your little prayer groups every morning the internet comes up as the main focus of prayer. I realize that you may even name my blog among those that especially need your prayers. I realize that you think it’s a prime field to “provide a witness” to Christ by showing the unwashed masses how intellectually superior you are. But this attitude just reeks of paternalism and the last thing I need is more paternalism. Sheesh. Everyone’s free to comment here, within The Rules of course, because after all IT IS MY BLOG. I don’t care how respectfully you couch your comments in “loving” christian tones, I’ve gotten the sneaking suspicion that I’ve lost control of my own blog and I’m putting a stop to it. I have always had the suspicion that other agendas are at work by some men who post here; the imposition of male authority or “headship,” the dismissal of one’s education and experience, and a general attitude of privilege. Whenever you find yourself on the defensive in any situation, it’s time to take the reigns back in hand and assert some control. Well, the reigns are back in hand.
The purpose of my blog has always been to highlight moments of beauty in pop culture, always keeping an eye out for those things that stifle the free exercise of conscience here on the internet. I see religion as the chief perpetrator of stifling freedom of conscience. This is why I started the blog in the first place. I wanted to call your attention to instances of “iniquity” working against the free exercise of the souls of individuals. For women this is doubly apropos, because not only are we stifled as individuals, we are stifled as WOMEN. We are automatically put two or three steps down on the ladder of hierarchy that religion imposes. Again, I firmly believe that religion is the CHIEF perpetrator of the stifling of women.
My goal was to emphasize a woman’s experience on the internet in the face of such misogyny. I wanted to try to follow the rules of a feminist ethic, one that doesn’t devalue women’s experiences in favor of men’s experiences. Others have adequately addressed and defined such ethics elsewhere,
Feminist Ethics is an attempt to revise, reformulate, or rethink those aspects of traditional western ethics that depreciate or devalue women’s moral experience.
Traditional western ethics fails women in five ways:
First, it shows little concern for women’s as opposed to men’s interests and rights. Second, it dismisses as morally uninteresting the problems that arise in the so-called private world, the realm in which women cook, clean, and care for the young, the old, and the sick. Third, it suggests that, on the average, women are not as morally developed as men. Fourth, it overvalues culturally masculine traits like independence, autonomy, separation, mind, reason, culture, transcendence, war, and death, and undervalues culturally feminine traits like interdependence, community, connection, body, emotion, nature, immanence, peace, and life. Fifth, and finally, it favors culturally masculine ways of moral reasoning that emphasize rules, universality, and impartiality over culturally feminine ways of moral reasoning that emphasize relationships, particularity, and partiality (Jaggar, “Feminist Ethics,” 1992).
Notice the term “culturally.” This means that women and men are culturally formed since birth to exhibit these traits and does NOT mean they are an automatic result of our gender. My job is to show that whereas religion believes women exhibit these traits because we are born with uteruses, this is by no means true. Religion is the culprit responsible for sexualizing every human being on the planet into two strict categories, even though we know scientifically that such bifurcation is a false dichotomy imposed from without not within. But I digress.
I want my blog to be MY blog. To be a free space in which to discuss my points of view and my interests; chiefly embracing spirituality of all varieties and feminism, along with the pop culture fun stuff like books, movies, television, art, and anything else you can name. I’ve seen so many women driven from their blogs because of the paternalism of men and of male-defined/identified women that I must insist on more strictly enforcing the rules. If you have a problem with that then email me.