Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feminism and the Stay-at-Home-Mom*: A Linkup

Edit:  if you are looking for the linkup on Thursday just after midnight, it might not be there yet.  I was delayed.  It'll definitely be up in the morning, though.

A couple of weekends ago, I was in a conversation on Twitter in which Rachel said she sometimes doesn't feel feminist enough.  I said I felt similarly since I consider myself a feminist but I also am in a very traditional role:  stay-at-home mom.  Suzannah, From Two to One, Caris, and Rachel all jumped in.  I think the topic is ripe for discussion.

So, for this link up (which I'm figuring out how to do!), please try to answer the following:
  • What is your understanding of feminism?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a feminist?  Why?
  • Do you feel feminism is compatible with traditional female roles?
  • Do you feel at odds with feminism in any way, and why?
  • How does feminism relate to your faith?
  • Any other questions that come up that I haven't thought about.  If you think there are other questions people should think about, just put them in the comments, and then I'll add them in to this post.
I'll post my entry next Thursday (February 7, 2013) and then you can come and link up your posts that day or any day after that.  I'll schedule it to post around midnight in case any of you like to stay up late writing.

*Please note you do NOT have to be a stay-at-home-mom to participate!  Anyone can participate in order to write about their experiences being feminist and traditional.


Danielle | from two to one said...

Excited for this, Kelly! Maybe consider clarifying that you don't have to be a SAHM to participate in the link-up? Perhaps it's more of a Feminism & (or vs.) Traditional Femininity link-up? Completely up to you! :)

Rachel Heath said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for hosting this, I'm really excited to participate. I'm experimenting with going no-social-media during February so I may miss out on some of the discussion, but I'm stoked to share my thoughts and read everyone else's!

Kelly J Youngblood said...

Oh yeah! I don't want people to think that only moms can do it!

Jim Fisher said...

I am a male feminist. I bow in deep respect to the X-chromosome within me. What I inherited from my mother represent about 10% of who I am (2,000 of the estimated 20,000 - 24,000 genes which make me human). It only takes 78 genes to make me male. Do the math. It's obvious.

Jim Fisher said...

And the molecular biologist in me needs to clarify. The 10% figure only counts the male/female differences, not eye color and all the other non-sex-related phenotypes.

Kelly J Youngblood said...

I never knew that! Interesting.

Jim Fisher said...

Oh, it gets better. Sex determination happens during the second month of pregnancy. There is a single gene on the Y-chromosome, which if not expressed, will cause the baby to remain female. When born, these people have the outward appearance of a woman, but are genetically XY. And they are not "butchy" looking. Think Jamie Lee Curtis. Many are strikingly attractive.

Crystal Rowe said...

So excited about this! It's a question I've been thinking about a lot lately. My post will actually go up tomorrow, but I'll make sure to link to your site and come link up on Thursday :)