I was on Instagram and ended up reading this post called “The Churched Black Feminist” written by Jamie D. Crumley over at http://www.iamfreeagent.com. To sum up the main idea of the post, the author is basically proposing the question of whether religion and feminism are antithetical to one another (author thinks no), and if one can consider themselves a faithful Christian and a feminist (author thinks yes).
I wasn’t able to state my opinion very eloquenty, but Instagram user superniggafeminist was able to capture my thoughts, and then some in her response:
I too have found myself identifying more as spiritual, rather than religious as my body of knowledge increases, and I attempt to learn more about other groups of people. In my opinion, I think that there are too many politics attached to religion (as @superniggafeminist states, and Jamie explains as well). There are also too many contradictory messages for me. I admit, there is ignorance on my end, but I do not see how one can exercise compassion and love for another, regardless of lifestyle (whether that encompass homosexuality, premarital sex, sexual liberation, etc) but still believe them to be damned. These words may not accurately capture the full scope of what I mean, but yeah.
Also, as pointed out above, there are too many other messages in the Bible and other religious text that negate the argument being made in this post. The few examples given do not encompass the nuances feminist thought and values support.
You can view the post here to read the author’s points, and further develop your thoughts. You can also view the Instagram post here which contains the commentary I mentioned above.
What are your thoughts?
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Original post: https://www.iamfreeagent.com/blog/2017/3/18/the-churched-black-feminist
Want to try to live more ethically, or at least be more intentional about the things I do in my every day life. I’ve been slowly trying to do this, but as I begin this transition out of college and into “the real world,” I want to practice holding myself more accountable for my decisions.
In a piece we were assigned for my sociology course titled, “The Forest, the Trees, and the One Thing.” In it, there is much discussion about systems and parts, and how people participate in systems without being parts of them. Part of this piece also touches on how we can kind of dictate how we participate in a system while it’s acting upon us, even if we can’t necessarily separate ourselves from it.
It is with this in mind that I want to embark on this task. Not from a self-righteous standpoint or anything, just simply because I know I am part of a network of people, and if we collectively acted in ways that took others into account, the world could be a better place.
Two places I want to start with this are: clothing and food. I briefly mentioned how I am trying to minimize my wardrobe (and have been for some time), but I want to extend that to getting my clothes from places that treat their workers well, and that use materials that aren’t harmful or processes that are sustainable. The same goes for my food. Part of these thoughts stem from reading “Where Am I Wearing?” back in high school (I was gifted this book by my AP Human Geography teacher – she was so nice), and I was also given “Where Am I Eating?” by the same author at the conclusion of the year.
Do you all know of any grocery stores or places that sell food that is ethically sources? Both from animals and the workers? I tried looking this up but only found articles and lists that takes about the food itself…nothing about the people that harvest or raise it.
Well, these are just some thoughts. I’m always caught in this bind though because cost factors into things for me personally (broke + in college + limited transportation etc), but I do want to try to exercise good karma including the things I place in and on my body.
Enough rambling though!
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