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Oxford Dictionary accused of sexist word examples

Oxford Dictionary is under fire after Michael Oman-Reagan, an anthropologist and Ph.D. candidate, pointed out these instances of sexist example sentences accompanying words like “rabid” and “shrill.” At first, Oxford Dictionaries responded with the above flippant tweet — but later apologized and vowed to change at least one of the words.

anonymous asked:

Do you think God is against feminism? I just keep seeing, over and over, all these fellow girls who say "I'm not a feminist, I just believe men and women are equal! :)" and honestly, that's the DEFINITION of feminism. I myself identify as feminist; I may not agree with everything about the movement (i.e. pro-choice) but I still call myself a feminist nonetheless. Does God want me to not be so?

Hi friend,

My Oxford English Dictionary defines feminism as: n. a movement supporting women’s rights on the grounds of equality of the sexes.

There is no way I can or will speak for God, but I can tell you what the Bible says on this topic:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28

This question is incredibly hard for me because, while I’ve always called myself a feminist, feminism is kind of becoming something else lately… I know so many women who call themselves feminists but who are not about equality. They’re about putting men down, bashing them, etc., and I am not about that life. I do know that, like Galatians 3:28 reads, we are all one in Christ Jesus, I do know that God created male and female alike in His image, and I do know that Jesus commands us to love one another. So, yes, I support women’s rights, I support men’s rights, I support human rights, but I’m not sure what to make of what feminism is becoming. 

In researching after reading your ask, I came across this article, and I think the last paragraph is pretty much spot on: 

The last decades have seen the rise of a society that is so concerned with political correctness and so sensitive to being “offended” that civility has lost its way. However, this is really nothing new, for there has always been inequality in the world. It is sad but true that artificial barriers have always divided humanity—barriers that have no basis in God’s Word. It is sin in the heart that causes inequality. It is sin that causes men to treat women in ways that are meant to demean or objectify them. And it is sin that seeks counterfeit solutions to counteract these inequalities. The only true cure for inequality is obedience to God’s Word. If men and women would walk in obedience to God’s Word, radical feminism would be seen for what it is, and the harmony that God has ordained between men and women would result.

Another verse I keep going to (and one mentioned in the article I linked to above) is 1 John 2:16:

For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world.

While human desires are part of God’s creation, they are evil when they are expressed in ways for which God did not create them. So I’m not sure. This desire to be equal: is that a desire God created? It would seem not, as He created us equal. Maybe feminism is from the world, and we shouldn’t be partaking? I’m really not sure, friend. It makes sense that we want equality, but the reason we do not have it is because humans are flawed, and because of sin. 

If any of my other followers have anything to add, please do. 

All my love,

S. 

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Oxford Dictionary Is “Reviewing” Its Use Of “Rabid Feminist”

A reasonable suggestion, but one that was quickly shot down by the Press, which tweeted back, “If only there were a word to describe how strongly you felt about feminism…” But now the Press is backtracking, first apologizing through Twitter on January 23.

Images: Twitter and Oxford Dictionaries

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