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Current Issues: Abortion

Abortion: A Tool of Male Oppression? - National Catholic Register

The President of Feminists for Life argues that the early American Feminists were unanimous in their opposition to abortion, which they viewed as a tool of male oppression. True feminism, then and now would never force women to choose between a career and a child.  Read more...

Current Issues: Feminism

Feminism and the Family an Indissoluble Marriage - Mary Ann Glendon

Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon led the Vatican delegation to the UN Beijing Conference on Women in 1995. She soon discovered that the working document in Beijing contained defects which corresponded closely to the defects of 1970s' feminism.  Read more...

Rescuing Feminism from the Feminists - a book review - Mary Ann Glendon

A new, more responsive feminism does seem to be gaining ground. Unlike its predecessor, the emerging feminism of the nineties attends to the real-life needs and aspirations of a wide range of women. It wrestles with harmonizing family life and employment in world where a balance struck either way is risky. It sees women and men as partners rather than antagonists in the quest for better ways to love and work. The new feminism is inclusive rather than polarizing; open-minded rather than dogmatic. It recognizes that the fates of men, women, and children, privileged and poor alike, are inextricably intertwined.  Read more...

Feminism and Marriage: a Reflection on Ephesians 5: 21-33 - Mary Shivanandan

Since this passage with the admonition of St. Paul for wives to submit themselves to their husbands as to the Lord, creates great difficulties for modern-day feminists, I have selected it as the springboard for this article on feminism and marriage. The passage has been called a summa of Church teaching on marriage and has been interpreted in several ways through the centuries. Today I want to compare John Chrysostom's interpretation with that of John Paul II with some reference to medieval and various contemporary interpretations. Finally I shall show the application of the passage in the lives of some couples today.  Read more...

Christian Feminism: A Fuller View of Woman - Zenit

Secularized feminism raises excellent questions but cannot answer them, says an American theologian who points to a Christian feminism as an antidote.  Read more...

What's Feminism Got to Do with It? - Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

From these women and men comes the really bad news for the feminist movement: The overwhelming majority of American women perceive feminism as irrelevant. In their view, feminism is not talking about the women's issues that most concern them and it is not writing a compelling story about women's lives. Worse, it is not writing a convincing story about our world.   Read more...

Feminism and the Unraveling of the Social Bond - Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

Like countless other women who cherish improvement in the situation of women in the United States and throughout the world, I was initially quick to embrace feminism as the best way to secure our "rights" and our dignity as persons. Like countless others, I was seriously misled.  Read more...

The Changing Faces of Feminism - David Reardon

Many people assume that feminism and the movement to legalize abortion are virtually synonymous.   Read more...

It's time for 'family feminism' - Barbara Kay

More than 70% of American women today reject the "feminist" label, partly because, in Hof Summers' words, "they don't want to be liberated from their womanhood."  Read more...

Feminism’s second-wave hangover - Tasha Kheiriddin

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, I find myself profoundly ambivalent about feminism.   Read more...

Who Wears the Pants - Megan Basham

In the past few years, stay-at-home moms have come under fire from some of feminism's most hard-line mouthpieces.   Read more...

Letter to a Young Girl - Alice von Hildebrand

How beautiful when a bride can say to her husband on their wedding night, "I have kept this garden virginal for you, and now, with God's permission I am giving you its key, knowing that you will enter into it with reverence."  Read more...

"A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue" — book review - Sarah E. Hinlicky

"A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue" by Wendy Shalit, is a bombshell.   Read more...

Click, Clack - Sarah E. Hinlicky

In her book "What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman", Danielle Crittenden documents how feminism has imposed a rigid new set of feminist prejudices.   Read more...

Should we have sex on the brain? - Norman Doidge

Some government programs are now offering dollars to universities, in the form of salaries and grants, if they hire women, and only women, for professorial science positions. But Dr. Doreen Kimura, one of the world leaders in the field of sex differences and cognition, points out there is "no evidence" for systemic discrimination against women in science. Recent neurological, hormonal, and psychological studies argue that men and women differ not only in their physical attributes, but cognitively in how they solve intellectual problems leading them to have different occupational preferences and skills.  Read more...

Susan B. Anthony: Pro-Life Feminist - Frederica Mathewes-Green

Susan B. Anthony, icon of modern-day feminism, would have been horrified at what is being done in her name. Writing passionately about the evils of abortion she sought to “eradicate this most monstrous crime.”  Read more...

Pope John Paul II's Teaching on Women - Mary Rousseau

"John Paul II's vision of the dignity and vocation of women is one of the most exciting events of our era," writes Mary Rousseau, who provides an inspiring overview of that vision.  Read more...

The Lost Essence of Femininity - Genevieve Kineke

Throughout history the Church has championed the education of all — boys and girls, offered positions of unprecedented authority and responsibility to women around the world, and reminded us constantly that the pre-eminent example of every virtue, aside from Our Lord and Redeemer, is a woman. In fact, without her cooperation, there would be no Lord and Redeemer! Now as we reflect on our own lives and the opportunities that this society offers to each of us, how do we determine what is authentically Catholic and what is specifically feminine? What actually sets us apart?  Read more...

Of Pillars and Spores: The Genius of Woman - Sister Renee Mirkes

Pillars and spores are images used by Edith Stein (1891-1942) in one of her essays on women. The woman who becomes or is becoming what she is meant to be, Stein explains, is “like a pillar to which many fasten themselves, thereby attaining a firm footing.” Further, women who are on their way to becoming whole persons can, in turn, help others to realize their personal fulfillment. In this way, Stein argues, women are like “healthy, energetic spores supplying healthy energy” to all whom God puts in their path. The metaphors of pillar and spore provide easy to remember associational images of how Stein defines the constitutive nature, vocation, and genius of woman.  Read more...

A Girl's Lament: Sex, Love, and America's Teens - Joan Frawley Desmond

A lack of nerve undermines so many Catholic efforts in this country to save young people from a toxic culture.   Popular  Read more...

Sentiment and Sentimentality: Woman’s Choice - Mary Shivanandan

Women’s responsive and receptive nature, as wife and mother, is expressed by empathy, sensitivity and openness to others. This exposes her to the temptation to place affection (sentiment) above reason and objective truth. Only when she acknowledges the fullness of the image of God in herself and places her own integrity and obedience to God’s law above sentiment does she avoid the destructive path of sentimentality.  Read more...

Feminists for Life Reveal Prominent Pro-Life Women - Joshua Mercer

Celebrities exert a considerable amount of influence in American life today. Their support or opposition can make a big difference to any social crusade. Now a small, but growing, number of celebrities have begun to step forward to proclaim their opposition to both abortion and the death penalty.  Read more...

Ms Discovers Motherhood: Ann Crittenden on mothers and choices - Kathryn Lopez

Having decided to resign from the New York Times in order to raise her infant son, Crittenden found herself, like many feminists, faced with a shocker. Motherhood is actually important, enjoyable even.  Read more...

Current Issues: Marriage and Family

Feminism and the Family an Indissoluble Marriage - MARY ANN GLENDON

May Ann Glendon outlines the real problems women (and families) face today, while explaining how feminism must change in order to become relevant to the needs of modern women.  Read more...

Teaching Resources

The Pope's New Feminism - Mary Ann Glendon

The Catholic Church has been a vigorous proponent in international settings of social and economic justice for women. Without glossing over the criticisms, this article provides evidence of an enviable historical record of concern for women by the Church.   Read more...

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