I feel so ignorant. I really did not know that the time had come for a new feminism. Pardon me, it is properly referred to as yes feminism.
What, you might be asking, is yes feminism? Let’s just say that we ladies will need to check our egos at the doors:
The old feminism was based on egocentric individualism, often egotistical.
Those are the words of Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, speaking at the First International Conference on Woman and Human Rights. Putting aside the fact that “egotistical individualism” would seem to, by necessity, always be egotistical, I think it’s safe to say that His Eminence just does not understand what feminism is. And maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. But it’s still disheartening, given that he represents the official hierarchy of a religion followed by one billion people.
Cardinal Martino does not disparage all feminism, however. He is in favor of what he calls “yes feminism.” Yes feminism is, in a nutshell, yes to the status quo, yes to submission, yes to patriarchy. If that’s not feminism, I don’t know what is!
There are multiple elements worth parsing here, so let’s pause to tackle a few from the article that reported the Cardinal’s remarks (direct quotes within quotation marks):
The cardinal described the outline of a new feminism that brings together the best intuitions from the process of woman’s emancipation, while denying that which is contrary to the true dignity of a person.
I don’t think I am going out on a limb to say that Martino probably includes the “unborn” in the whole ‘true-dignity-of-a-person’ bit. This is the same man who urged Catholics to withhold donations from Amnesty International because it reaffirmed “its support of the rights of women and girls to be free from threat, force or coercion as they manage all consequences of rape and other grave human rights violations.” Is it too much of an extrapolation to align “denying that which is contrary to the true dignity of a person” with anti-choice positions? I really don’t think so, as he represents a mindset that confers personhood onto clusters of cells. And, as we all know, “women’s emancipation” leads to feminism which leads to baby-killing. So on with a new and improved feminism!
“The old feminism was based on egocentric individualism, often egotistical. The new feminism must be interlaced with love for life, for the family, for others; a feminism regulated by charity, the queen of the virtues.”
Yes, I’m coming back to this quote. There’s nothing quite like the red herring that feminism means the destruction of families. The “new feminism” is wedded to family, meaning that the “old feminism” does not endorse family. Feminism hates motherhood, feminism hates marriage, etc. I’m kind of shocked that the Cardinal does not include the love for shaving legs and not burning bras as a part of the “new feminism.” I mean, that’s what we all do for fun when we’re not busy destroying happy families.
“When nature is denied, the human person is no longer a project, but becomes inexorably a product either of culture or of technology.”
Again, nature equals family, and you feminists better stop fucking with it.
“There will be no new feminism without God, especially if God is not discovered as Love.”
Hear that, atheists? You can no longer be feminists.
[Yes feminism] encompasses a “yes” to God, Father of the whole of humanity and Creator of man and woman in his image and likeness, a “yes” to life, to all life and to everyone’s life, always, a “yes” to the family founded on marriage, a unitive and fruitful love between a man and a woman, and a “yes” to women and to their genius.
Yes to patriarchy! Whoo, patriarchy! Gimme a P! Gimme an A! Gimme a T! Etc.
A “‘yes’ to the family founded on marriage…love between a man and a woman….’” Yeah, this kind of feels like the crux (not to be blasphemous) of the issue. Yes feminism means saying yes to a life that is incomplete without accepting the identity of a wife, a mother, and a cog in the big male-dominated machine. If you say no, you are not a true feminist — or, at least, you are following a feminism that is invalid in the eyes of God. Your very ability to say no is a rejection of what this new feminism encompasses. Your ability to exercise choice by rejecting the “yes” aspect of these dictates is not allowed.
So forget all you thought you knew and understood about feminism. We have apparently been laboring under the delusion that feminism is actually good for women. Thank God the Vatican has sent us a man who can set us straight.