From "Ten Resolutions of a New Feminist Woman" by Marjorie Campbell. This article, along with "Ten Resolutions of a New Feminist Man" by Henry Karlson, is posted at INSIDE CATHOLIC.
... as Elizabeth Fox-Genovese puts it in Women in Christ,
... the strategies of old feminism have seriously undermined essential features of our culture and moral life, notably our ability to value and nurture human life in all its diversity . . . our willingness to honor any form of natural or divine authority . . . and our ability always to see other persons as ends in themselves, never means to another end.
Some may already be thinking, "Feminism ruined the culture. So why keep pushing a 'new' feminism?'' But I suggest that we quit quibbling over the word "feminism" during 2010, and instead strive to learn what this new movement means and what it demands of us to effect a true "culture of life" and a "new model of the way to be human" (Women in Christ). We all stand to gain, because New Feminism offers hope to a broken humanity -- male and female alike.
I offer ten resolutions for 2010 to further the New Feminism...:
1. No excuses. I will not compromise my relationship with Christ this year, not even to host dinner for the eight visiting businessmen who, my husband says, "love pasta, bread and red wine. Please honey?" I will prep the meal, but go to Perpetual Adoration anyway.
2. Primary prayer. I will use prayer as a primary tool to expand New Feminism and seek the conversion of a particular radical feminist I have in mind. I will pray for her daily. I will read her online writings all year, no matter how ill they make me -- and I will respond if it is God's will to give me charitable words.
3. Honor my husband. I will not stay up and write past 3:00 a.m. more than once a week -- and I will try to do so only when my husband is away. He is my first and greatest gift; I ought to spend the night with him, not this keyboard.
4. Pornography patrol. I will scan our home computers for pornography. I will delete immoral material and initiate the painful, patient process of correction. If I find no pornography, I will tell my sons how proud I am that God has a "pornography free" home in San Francisco.
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8. Connect with compassion. I will maintain calm with each young woman who confides to me her experiences with contraception, sexual promiscuity, and abortion. I will offer the same to each young man who confides his frustration in finding a young woman "without sexual baggage" and his consumption of pornography...
9. Children first. I will, in word and deed, put the well-being of children foremost. I will remember my primary role as nurturer and teacher, even when I would like to lock my sons in their respective closets.
10. I will espouse no theory of New Feminism unattached from the reality in which women live, love, and struggle to develop in their God-given fullness, alongside the men who support them in a determination to represent God's love through our gender differences.