eh, I'm an feminist in the sense that I want to do what I want to do and I don't want men, especially men who don't know me, telling me what to do. I don't want women to tell me what to do, either, so that really makes me a free thinker. (One exception: my boss can tell me what to do but only for 40 hours per week and she can't tell me who to fuck or who not to fuck or how to do it when I do it, which she fortunately isn't nosy enough to be tempted to do even if she was a fundamentalist nutter)
Some lady bloggers began their blog "careers" as ordinary people then got creds by being bigger-than-life bloggers. Jen McCreight became famous for "Boobquake," which was a "movement" (heh, couldn't resist) objecting to some fundy muslim cleric's claim that earthquakes were due to women being boobish... or something. I wasn't paying attention then and only found her blog later. At the time she was an undergrad at Purdue. Now she's a graduate student and has flown around going to conferences speaking on student activism. She did a good thing, but her "creds" were really just having a point of view and being willing to speak out, then encouraging other students to make a point (or two.. haha couldn't resist that one). She didn't write her blog as a scientist, just as a person who believes in the right to be an atheist in the U.S.
The thing about ordinary women, who aren't ex-pastors or philosophers or PhDs in one of the "hard" sciences or evolutionary biology, is that ordinary women in Christianity are often the invisible glue holding together passé religions (i.e., all religions). They are the "church ladies" and the moms and wives who make it possible for crazyass men to take crazyass positions.
I was expected to be one of these religious women, because church theology (doesn't matter which denomination) is so insane that it needs a translator who will put it into everyday parlance.
Some of my facebook friends are just such people. They "praise god" for a good outcome after an illness or scary event that god didn't apparently forsee so they had to praise him after he figured out how to fix his oversight. If they didn't pray for the happy ending, they credit god with being magical beneficial, but if they did pray for it, they thank him. Granted, more of my FB friends are women and my women friends are chattier on FB, but I think they kind of represent what happens in families and social circles in general.
Today I was emotionally blackmailed with typical FB crap again:
|(random friends' group photo grabbed from the web - lots of these out there, but few of men in such groupings, FYI)|