The following summary of an article in Crisis magazine postulates that feminism might be a heresy.
by JOHN ZMIRAK
You might be surprised to hear feminism described as a “heresy”.
You may assume that the feminist movement simply asserts that women are full members of the human race, equal to men in dignity and intellect, and equally deserving of opportunities to develop their gifts. In fact, feminism is harder to pin down than many of the errors addressed by my fellow authors, because its advocates typically avoid defining the term. In consequence, “feminism” takes on whatever colour a listener gives it. So persistent is this ambiguity that, even now, few have more than a vague notion of its real nature.
Some highly reputable Catholics call themselves “pro-life feminists,” and maintain that feminism, if it could be purged of its attachment to abortion on demand, would be fundamentally good and compatible with the Faith.
Test Yourself: Are You a Feminist?
Few young women today aspire to emulate the ferocious, bra-burning militants of the 1960s. As mounting numbers of college students tell pollsters they question the morality of most abortions, old feminist slogans like “Abortion on Demand, Without Apology” make sane people wince. Nevertheless, most of us in the West have, often unwittingly, absorbed feminist premises that involve a wholesale re-evaluation of human nature and family life, and are in many respects incompatible with Christianity.
At its core, Feminism teaches that:
Men and women tend to behave differently because of social conditioning, not because there are innate biological and psychological differences between them.
The chief reason women have been less often represented in the first ranks of public achievement in scholarship, the arts, politics, and war, is that in every human society of which we have evidence, throughout all of recorded history, they were repressed by a patriarchal power structure maintained through force and indoctrination.
Because large numbers of children in a family constitute both a barrier to the advancement of women and a threat to our ecology, small families should be the cultural norm.
It is unjust that the consequences of sexual behaviour are biologically unequal for men and women. As much as possible, those consequences must be equalised through medical technology and reformed cultural attitudes.
To find meaning in their lives, women should look first to their careers, rather than to their role as lifegivers, culture bearers, nurturers, and educators of the next generation of human beings.
Women who regard themselves as mothers first are wasting their education and smothering their talents by staying home to raise their children.
Thirty years of close study of feminism in action, as well as reading hundreds of books written by its advocates, and attending scores of conferences held by feminists who called themselves Catholics (or at least “religious”), inform these conclusions. Reflect on them, and ask yourself honestly: Does some part of you accept one or more of them? If so, then you have, to that degree, been infected with the feminist virus.
— Full article (http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/is-feminism-a-heresy)