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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 167 – Early Feminism Was Worse Than You Suppose


Sep 15, 2023

Catholic critics of feminism usually begin with the idea
that the “first wave” of feminism, led by Nineteenth-century figures such
as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was principally a
good factor and appropriate with Catholic teachings; solely later in
the Nineteen Sixties and 70s, in accordance with this narrative, was the motion
“hijacked” by “radical feminists”.

The one downside is that when one really appears intently at
feminism in its early type, whether or not that of Stanton and Anthony or
even earlier with Mary Wollstonecraft, one finds apparent
continuities with so-called “radical feminism”.

On the extent of concepts, we discover Enlightenment individualism,
rationalism, and egalitarianism attacking as oppressive the pure
establishments of marriage and household and the divinely ordained
hierarchies of the Church.

On the private degree, feminism was from the start the
brainchild of traumatized, depressing ladies who had deeply
dysfunctional relationships with the boys of their lives – their
concepts eagerly championed by males like Percy Shelley, who “liberated”
ladies with the intention to exploit them.

Carrie Gress returns to the present to debate her e-book The Finish
of Girl: How Smashing the Patriarchy Has Destroyed Us
, which
tells the tales of feminist pioneers from Wollstonecraft,
Stanton, and Shelley to Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.


Carrie Gress, The Finish of Girl: How Smashing the Patriarchy
Has Destroyed Us

Daybreak Eden, “Eve of Deconstruction: Feminism and John Paul
II” https://www.catholicity.com/commentary/eden/03324.html

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