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Friday, September 27, 2013
Should Christians Use the F-Word (Feminist) or Not?
Gloria Steinem A few months ago, former Charisma editor J. Lee Grady penned a powerful column headlined "Why I Don't Use the F-Word." Of course, he was talking about the F-bomb, the nasty four-letter word that's worked its way into mainstream conversation with text shortcuts like WTF, PG-13 movies and more.

But there's another F-word in question this week, one that Laura Turner over at Christianity Today calls the "Christian F-word" in her recent column, which seems to play off Grady's opener about his sheltered childhood experiences and how he had never heard obscenities. Turner says she was 12 the first time she heard the F-word-feminist-uttered in public.

The younger generation tells me the word feminist doesn't carry the same insurgent connotation it did in the 1970s, when bra burners and radical lefties forwarded the women's rights movement. But there are still plenty of Christians from that era who shudder at the word. I suppose I am somewhere in the middle-too young to have witnessed the movement through eyes of understanding and too old not to understand the controversy surrounding it.

For example, I do remember black-and-white images of Gloria Steinem with her huge glasses and zinger soundbites like, "A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after."

Steinem, who had an abortion in London at age 22, rose to fame covering the pro-abortion movement and penned articles with lines like, "I think the person who said, 'Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament,' was right."

With statements like that, it's no wonder Christians from that era of American history cringe when they hear the F-word. And to my ears, it still carries a negative connotation. read more
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