Open Letter to "Feminists"
Just because I'm a woman, doesn't mean I have to support every woman's idea of how the world ought to be. I was recently criticised for not supporting a feminist cause; here is what the woman said to me:
So maybe this issue doesn’t matter to you, but it SHOULD matter that it means something to another women [. . .] Don’t they deserve your support as another women? Can’t we all stick together??????? [. . .] Your support could simply be to show [another woman] a christ like love and charity by not belittling or dismissing her feelings because you don't share them.I have three general responses to these kinds of comments:
- Being agreeable is not the same thing as showing Christ-like love and charity, and disagreeing with someone is not equivalent to belittling or dismissing.
- Just because I disagree with a cause does not mean I haven't thought about it and made a conscious decision to oppose it.
- Do I not also deserve respect for my opinions and beliefs? A woman not supporting me for not supporting her is not only hypocritical, it's sexist. I'll leave it to CNN's Erin Burnett to illustrate. (Pay attention to 1:10–13.)