You Learn Something New Every Day

More consequences to my inadvertently viral contraception rant. Today, I learned that I am a “progressive feminist.” And that apparently really annoys some people. From a blog post that quotes me extensively:

Progressive Feminists.  Often demanders of free contraception and morning after pills for all menstruating females and unrestricted abortion without parental consent (including late term and for sex selection), these women are intensely earnest and often privileged.  They fight along the same battle lines drawn by Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan.  Trend One women favor terms like “inner raging feminist,” “pissed off” and “outraged.” 

Well, yeah, I’m pissed off. I think I made that pretty clear 🙂

To tell you the truth, though, I didn’t know I was a feminist at all until a few weeks ago. Now in my mid-forties, I am one of the lucky generation that just doesn’t have to worry about it all that much—or so we thought. (Maybe that’s one reason I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for twenty-plus years!)

I’ve never read anything by Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan, or at least I don’t think I have. So, I don’t know exactly what those “battle lines” were. But if they involved men deciding whether or not women should have access to contraception, then OK. I would clearly be against that.

I definitely didn’t know that I was in favor of late-term and sex-selection abortion. My goodness, that seems like quite an inference to draw from my previous posts.

It seems to me, from what I saw on this blog (some of which, like this post on The Mother of God and Womanhood, definitely goes over my head) that it is attempting to define some specifically Catholic form of feminism.

Which is fine. You can be whatever kind of feminist you like. But I’m not Catholic. So, I frankly don’t get what that should have to do with me. Or my personal access to birth control.

That’s all.


  1. “Feminist” is the “socialist” of this election cycle. It doesn’t matter what the definition is, it’s just bad, and we should want to be it.


    • Why do you think “feminist” is bad, Susan? I embrace the movement because it’s all about opening opportunities so that girls get to be most fully and completely who they can be. I do take exception to the “Third Wave” feminist lingo that tries to justify the lifestyle, for example, of Amy Winehouse, as an expression of self in defiance of all boundaries. The problem is she died. That badly warps the goals of feminism into a rather dark expression of individualism. But I think feminism is pretty alive and well … and most definitely engaged.


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