Is My Christianity Enough; and Must it Be At Odds With Feminism?

I feel like I’ve discussed this before, but here goes again…

Fresh off the heels of my conversation with Wiyaala I contacted my BFFFL, Nana Darkoa, who is as all who are even vaguely acquainted with her the consummate feminist. I gave her the highlights of our first conversation since the audio had failed and she would be unable to hear Wiyaala’s comments herself. Wiyaala talked about how she is a feminist advocate because she believes in girls’ education and is against child marriage.

“Awww. I’m touched by what she said about feminism,” Nana said in her voice note on What’sApp. “Ah. But, Malaka. You clearly care about these issues. You need to accept that you are a feminist and admit that your problems with feminism derive from the weird/warped way in which white women have practiced feminism! Just call yourself an African feminist…declare the type of feminist you are and be done with it!”

I replied with a voice note of my own, laughing and saying that I needed to look into this feminist thing a little more before I go about declaring anything.

So naturally that got me pondering about my existence, which is my second most time consuming portion of my day. (The majority is spent pondering the existence of my offspring.) In earlier conversations with Nana – like years back – I told her how passionate I was about girls’ rights. She admitted then that she never really took girls into consideration when she thought of rights, but it made sense.

“After all, girls grow into women, don’t they?” she mused.

That gave me pause. If my friend – the consummate feminist was not concerned about girls, and I had by that time borne two of them, could I really ally myself with this cause she was always preaching? That statement just gave me one more reason to eschew feminist tendencies for something I felt that was far more meaningful…that being my Christian faith.

It is because of my faith that I care about the causes that are so weighty to me. Human beings are not one dimensional, but I have to confess there are times when I feel the establishment would try to convince that we are and attempt to pigeonhole humanity in nicely labeled boxes. Think about yourself and your passions for a moment. Is there any one paradigm big enough to encompass all that you care about? My Christian faith does that for me.

I am a Green Girl

The first job that God gave to man was to tend to His Garden – our Mother Earth. Man and woman were charged with protecting it, naming the animals, and ensuring order. Then Man fell because he just had to have a nibble of some forbidden – albeit tasty- fruit. For my own part, that means picking up where Adam and Eve left off by making sure I treat the Earth with care, disposing of waste responsibly, only using what I need, and more importantly, teaching my children to do the same. Anyone who does not care for the Earth is a worker of iniquity and an agent of the Devil!

God is into Sci-Fi, therefore so am I!

I love my fantasy and Sci-Fi, yes I do! The majority of feminist friends I have are atheists (or agnostic at best). There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s their choice. Salvation is a gift freely given and should only be received freely. Anyone who has had religion shoved down their throat is in peril of never experiencing the full spectrum of what God has to offer. I mean, who else could come up with this stuff? Let’s just take Moses in Genesis for example. God instructed Moses to go into Pharaoh’s house and demand that he let His people go.

“Who shall I say sent me?” asked a rather perturbed Moses.

“Tell ‘em I AM sent you,” God replied.

For real? I AM? And then I AM is going to empower your staff to split the sea in half so I AM’s people could pass though? Yes! That just brings me to another element in my Sci-Fi fantasy as it relates to the Judeo-Christian God. I don’t believe God is a “he”; as in God has a penis. I think God is on some other genderless stuff that is going to blow our minds when we get to Heaven and we’ll have no choice but to bow down as the Bible says and cry “Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty!”

God is a comedian

This is by far my favorite experience within my Christian faith. All you have to do is look at God’s creation and get in on the joke. What the heck is a platypus? A half duck mammal that lays eggs? A mammal that lays eggs? What is that?! The wonders of the depths of the sea are beyond what we can imagine. Take the angler fish for example. God had to have been trippin’ when he made that thing. And then there’s the piece de resistance of His/Her creation: humans. People are pretty funny too. They come in all shapes and sizes and can’t figure out how to get along. I believe this is the reason the Bible says “God sits on his throne and laughs”, when he hears of our plans.

Jesus Loved the Ho’s

Religious people like to turn Jesus into a personality that best fits their comfort level, and Jesus Himself proved that he and the very religious did not get along. There are a lot of “Christians” running around here that are foes of Christ.

Unlike Snoop and Dr. Dre, Jesus loved dem ho’s. He defended them. Remember the prostitute who was fleeing the mob dead set on stoning her to death? The Son of Adam stood in the gap for her, looked them square in the eye and dared them to try it.

“Let any one of you who has no sin among you cast the first stone,” he said simply.

As the shamed crowd dissipated, He helped the woman to her feet and told her to go and sin no more. Was that sin prostituting? I don’t know. She may have been a thief as well. I can’t imagine a group of men would chase a woman through the streets to stone her merely for selling her body. Maybe she was a thief or had a VD. I don’t know. I DO know Jesus had a soft spot for prostitutes, probably attributing to the fact that his great-grandmother x 9 was Rahab…one of the bravest and honored prostitutes in human history.

God is sensual paa…

Please. Go and read Song of Solomon. There’s oil and breasts and honey and… just go and read it, okay?

God is into architecture and fashion

When I had more cash (i.e. before children), I used to LOVE to change my look. I would change my look with the seasons. It was a godly exercise. The Lord cares about tassels, colors, perfume and sweet scents. He cares about angles, square footage and decorations. These things are also near and dear to my heart.

I care about equality and so does God

These skins that we wear are just temporary jackets. The real us is our soul. We are eternal beings. Galatians says:

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Once we are baptized into God’s grace, we become a new creation. Therefore all this emphasis we put on externals is a work of inequity and therefore of the DEVIL.

I am against the shedding of innocent blood

There are dozens of scripture that talk about God despising the shedding of innocent blood, and I believe that extends to the unborn. This is probably one of the biggest issues I have with feminism, because I feel as though I am not “feminist enough” if I don’t support abortion. I don’t, I won’t and probably never will.

I was recently asked to participate in a discussion about “safe abortion”. I backed out with a snort. Abortion is always deadly for at least one other person, so the discussion was moot in my estimation. I wished the participants well and went on to spend the day with the four people who had safely been evacuated from my womb.

Many of my favorite heroes and heroines did their work for God

Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom not for the cause of women, but because she believed in the word of God that promised liberty. She spoke frequently of having visions from God, leading and guiding her. Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were useful allies to (or pawns for) white feminists, but at the end of their respective days, tell me where their help came from? I’ll wait.

George Washington Carver, who our current economy owes a great debt to because of his numerous inventions spoke passionately about his devotion to God and God’s inspiration.

Maya Angelou, who taught me how to write like a Black woman, spoke and wrote incessantly of the love of God, which covers ALL things.

And then there’s Prince… Give me a moment please.

*Selah*

 

Look, all this is not to say that I am anti-feminist. Quite the contrary. If feminism or women’s rights as my friends describe it is about human rights, then of course I have no quarrel with that. It’s all this other nonsense like free bleeding and emasculating men that I have a problem with. I’m just saying feminism as an entity is not big enough for me, and my Christian faith is. It’s just a pity so many false preachers and prophets are ruining it for everyone.

 

Whew! You made it this far. Thoughts?

 

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4 thoughts on “Is My Christianity Enough; and Must it Be At Odds With Feminism?

  1. nas009

    I said I didn’t care much for girls? Wow  I can’t remember saying that. I must have had a concussion at the time 

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

    1. Malaka Post author

      It was years ago dear. Around the time Aya was born. And I was totally shocked. It wasn’t so much “not caring” as “not as concerned about”. But you’ve changed your tune since them so it’s all good.

  2. nas009

    So I’ve been thinking about this post all day. I was upset when I initially read it, and decided to let it simmer to figure out why I was upset…and I’ve come to the following conclusions

    1. Re “If my friend – the consummate feminist was not concerned about girls, and I had by that time borne two of them, could I really ally myself with this cause she was always preaching”… I have been trying to recall our conversation, and I do not remember it verbatim but to the best of my memory what I was saying was that the majority of work I had done had been around women’s rights and not girls rights. Those are 2 distinct areas of work, and I don’t think the fact that I have not done as much work with girls means I don’t care about girls. I’m Godmother to your first child. I specifically asked to be Godmother to your child. Are those the actions of someone who doesn’t care about girls. Even if in a confused state of mind I had foolishly said that I do not care about girls I would expect you to point out to me some of the things I do that show that I care about girls (but maybe you do not know that I mentor young girls, have given talks at primary schools etc). You and I have talked several times about Nadjah coming to spend time with me when she is old enough, and you know I have eagerly looked to that time. Are those the actions of someone who doesn’t care about girls? And that one statement I ‘made’ gave you “one more reason to eschew feminist tendencies”??? How about all the other ‘positive’ statements I make? Do they go over your head or are you looking for evidence to eschew feminism…it’s not an issue for me if you’re a feminist or not BUT it’s a huge concern that someone I consider a BFFFL is dismissive of an ideology I passionately believe in – which guides the way I live my life and even the way I relate to you. Maybe you commit certain acts of service towards me because of your Christian faith, I act the way I do towards you because of my belief in sisterhood, which is informed by my African feminist beliefs.

    2. “You need to accept that you are a feminist and admit that your problems with feminism derive from the weird/warped way in which white women have practiced feminism! ” Is this a verbatim quote? Did I say something along the lines of “how some white women…” I think the omission of a key word here can really change the context of what I said to you in a private conversation.

    3. This post reminds me that I have been romanticising our friendship. You are currently the only friend I have with whom ideologically I am poles apart. I feel that there are certain subjects I do not want to bring up with you because our ideologies on that subject are poles apart…and it doesn’t feel good to think that there are certain things I cannot discuss with my friend. Thank goodness I have never needed to have an abortion because I know I could have never told you that without fearing judgement and eternal damnation.

    4. “Look, all this is not to say that I am anti-feminist.” reminds me of ‘white people’ who make very racist statements and then have a convenient disclaimer saying, “Look, this is not to say I am a racist”…sure, the fact that you said that means you’re not a racist…or anti-feminist, or anything that you’ve spent considerable energy bashing.

    Finally, there are plenty of feminists, African or otherwise who are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, ‘pro-choice’ etc…feminism is an ideology and is compatible with faith.

  3. Malaka Post author

    I appreciate your comments Nana and thank you for sharing your response in such great detail.

    Note: I am re-opening this post today (7/3/14) at the urging of a number of people. Motivation for closing it down was because I cited my best friend whom I hold in the highest regard, and in doing so may have offended/injured/made her feel some way. In my view, it was better to shut the whole discourse down than to hurt my friend.
    However it has come to my attention that our personal relationship aside, the content of the article forces people to ask hard questions about feminism, religion (or the lack of), and our roles as citizens of the earth, and THAT is worth discussing. In view of that, I have reopened it and will be more circumspect in how/who I quote in my narratives in the future.

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