Saturday, August 03, 2013

The New Feminists Are Still Feminists

National Catholic Register: Meet the Bold ‘New Feminists’
Modern women proclaim the ‘feminine genius’ — and stand up for true freedom and happiness.

"Conservative" or "Catholic" Feminism? Not possible.
A vital “new feminism”— what many refer to as feminism’s “third wave” — is popping up everywhere across America, in university philosophy and theology departments, workplaces, hospitals and schools.
New feminists say they’re sick and tired of women at “second-wave” feminist organizations like the National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice America claiming to speak for them.

I doubt mainstream or academic third-wave feminists would admit "conservatives" or Catholics into their ranks. Wishful thinking on the part of either the author or the author's source.

A Manifesto for Third Wave Feminism
The End of Feminism's Third Wave

What next? Conservatives and Catholics identifying with fourth-wave feminism?
“The new feminism differs from the old feminism in the sense that it encourages women to be who they are,” said Terry Polakovic, executive director of Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), which has chapters in more than 80 Catholic dioceses across the country.
“As John Paul II said when he described the ‘feminine genius,’ a woman has the capacity, just by her very biology, to make room for another,” Polakovic explained. “Not that everyone is Susie Homemaker. But whether or not she’s a stay-at-home mother, a woman, by nurturing others around her, helps create a life-giving environment. That’s just who she is.”
Veteran pro-life feminist and journalist Mary Meehan said the new feminism is “the legitimate descendant of the ‘first-wave’ feminist movement in this country in the 1840s and 1850s.”
Early suffragists, who lobbied for women’s right to vote — women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony — “were pro-lifers who opposed abortion as an exploitation of women,” said Serrin Foster, who heads Feminists for Life of America (FFL). “The same women who fought for the rights of slaves to be free and the rights of women to vote also fought for the unborn to be born,” said Foster, who invented the slogan, “Women Deserve Better Than Abortion.”

Laura Grace Robbins has a lot to say about how wrong first-wave feminism was.
“Contrary to popular belief (and old-guard Catholic feminism), following Church teachings on sex and marriage, in spite of the sometimes arduous difficulty of doing so, actually helps women to flourish — physically, emotionally, relationally and socially,” declares new-feminist author and attorney Erika Bachiochi in Women, Sex and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching.
Far from demeaning women and sexuality, Church teachings actually elevate “the meaning of sex at a time when our consumerist culture has debased sex, treating it as simply another form of entertainment,” Bachiochi says. She argues that ample evidence, scientific and anecdotal, reveals “that premarital sex, and especially casual sex, is inherently anti-woman.”
What the old guard failed to understand, this fresh new breed of feminists explains, is that a woman’s true self is found not in radically independent isolation, but in relationship — and most completely in a committed and lasting communion of love. “The old feminism really thought it could excise marriage and kids out of women’s lives, except on the terms they wanted them,” Alvare said. “It turns out these are elements you just can’t declare by fiat are no longer relevant to women’s freedom or happiness.”
Far from seeing women and men as enemies, third-wave feminists see the two sexes as collaborators.

Men and women may be collaborators or "complementary" but are they equals? Or is the husband the head of the family? That is part of Church teaching on marriage - will Catholic feminists admit this, even to a Catholic audience? Will they affirm that women should not be allowed to compete with men for work necessary to sustain a family?

The title is an assumption based on what has been left out - because they don't believe it? Or because they recognize that it is not palatable to their audience? When Catholic feminists start talking about the authority of the husband and the limits of women's participation in the "public sphere" (i.e. the collaboration of the brotherhood, of the men in a community), then I will believe they are not really feminists.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Saw Mother Dolores Hart at OLOP tonight, her last stop in CA for her Ear of the Heart book tour. She had to cut her talk short because it was getting late, and she didn't have the opportunity to talk much about Benedictine spirituality. (Should have asked her an intelligent question about it when I reached the front of the book signing line!) I will have to watch her HBO documentary some time.

An interview with Mother Dolores on Immaculate Heart Radio (mp3).

Fr. Hugh Barbour on Homosexuality and SSM

Chronicles: Do Homosexuals Exist? Or, Where Do We Go From Here? by Fr. Hugh Barbour

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Gail Tverberg on Overall American EROI

The Oil Drum: Energy Products: Return on Investment Is Already Too Low by Gail the Actuary

Her podcasts and presentations -
Bluegrass Nation: The Grascals hang with Jay Leno - their appearance from January of this year.

The Grascals will be performing at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on November 7.
The Copts in Egypt's Counter Revolution: On Being Egyptian

Are the Copts in a better position to grapple with the problems of the economy and sustainability? Who is willing to deal with the "hard truth"?

Srdja Trifkovic, Egypt's Crisis (II) (Part 1)

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in Berkeley

The Berkeley Repertory Theater - "No Man's Land," August 3 to August 31.


SF Examiner
SJ Mercury

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

sfist's List of Best Food Trucks in San Francisco


Dr. Fleming on Same-Sex Marriage

Gay Times on the Right and What Is To Be Done About Gay “Marriage”?

The Abuse of the Fourteenth Amendment
The First of Century of Magna Carta
Bluegrass Today: Alan Jackson books the Station Inn

I visited Station Inn during my trip to Nashville; I wish there was a better selection of food, but there's no kitchen, just a microwave. It was also rather dark so I couldn't say how clean the interior actually was. But it's a good locale for bluegrass music, and I'd probably visit it often if I were living in Nashville.

An Important Stop in South Carolina

If I ever visit the state - NCR article on Prince of Peace (via NLM)

GRTV Interview of Paul Craig Roberts

Less Baguettes for the French

A French Dining Staple Is Losing Its Place at the Table

More cereals, pasta, and rice instead...

Lone Survivor

Based on the book by Marcus Luttrell...

Trailer, Poster, and Photos
Hollywood Reporter

Celtic Heart Live Recording at the Woodshed

This coming Friday and Saturday - details. Their website.

The Utility of e-Publishing

Dr. Fleming offers his opinion in the August issue of Chronicles:

There is, however, one great cause for hope in e-publishing, at least for the time being. For very little money, it is now possible to publish good books, old and new, books that would fill today's book editors with horror. If I wanted, for example, to publish a translated volume of Charles Maurras, whom Eliot always saluted as his master, it would not be a major undertaking. If an American poet wanted to pick up the great tradition of sonnet-writing abandoned since the modernist revolution, he could probably find a bigger readership than he would gain from an academic press's print run of a few hundred copies.

If the tiny remnant of serious writers and editors can make use of e-publishing to find an audience for real literature and for ideas that have been taken off the table by the intelligentsia, a literate and intelligent counterculture might quickly emerge, one that does not depend on the approval of people like Tina Brown and the Podhoretzes. (10)

Guerilla campaign for the restoration of Christian culture.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pravmir: Interview with Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church Irinej

God Died In Europe – Patriarch Of The Serbian Orthodox Church Irinej

Teaser for the Last Eight Episodes of Breaking Bad

Empire: New Spoiler-Free Breaking Bad Teaser
Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair...

Time to Switch Off TV Antiheroes Like Breaking Bad's Walter White? White, Tony Soprano and Don Draper make us feel morally superior -- while getting our entertainment from watching characters make bad choices over and over again.

Which of these shows glorify moral evil? (Or violence?) Which can be considered as belonging to the contemporary genre of tragedy?

Lecture Schedule for Susan Wise Bauer


She will be at the Archway Classical Academy in Phoenix from November 8 to 9.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Fr. Rutler on the Royal Baby

Hair of the Heir: Thoughts Inspired by the Birth of Prince George

Richard Heinberg on Consumerism

The Brief Tragic Reign of Consumerism and the Birth of a Happy Alternative

Fr. Folsom on Prayer

Prayer Changes Us, Not God

Yesterday's homily at STA was about prayer - after all, the Our Father was the focus of the Gospel reading. What was interesting is that the priest celebrating the liturgy is a retired priest staying at the residence for retired priests. On occasion I will see him at an event, wearing a cassock. I haven't talked to him before, so I don't know how "traditional" he is.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sam Bush will be at Freight and Salvage on Friday. On "America's Back 40" his show was advertised, "Before there was Chris Thile, there was Sam Bush."


Also on Friday, Mother Dolores Heart will making her last stop of her CA tour.

Abbey of Regina Laudis