Written in response to this story: http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/07/beliefnet-tells-writer-dont-use-the-word-feminist-on-your-blog/
First, hooray for Kristine! She knew her own writing convictions and refused to bend her writing to fit someone else’s mold. She is comfortable with the word “feminist” and maybe believes that forcing others to hear it will gradually soften them to it, or perhaps she does not concern herself with those who would be offended by such a word. Good for her for standing her ground and saying no to belief.net’s blog invitation with its stipulations. She knows a good writer must write in the words of her own soul.
Second, kudos to belief.net for seeing the value of Kristine’s writings and wanting to share them with their readers, and for knowing their readers well enough to know they would hear progressive ideas only if they were not first turned off by hot-button words, against which they have been prejudiced. Belief.net seems to understand that for many readers, the ideas will be best heard if presented without the familiar lingo. A reader might be interested in stories that show gender equality in ministry, but the word “feminist,” which comes with decades of preconceived baggage, will keep her/him from reading them.
Perhaps this is not a "feminists vs. belief.net" story, but rather two sides with the same basic goal of getting the gender equality message out there, to two different audiences. Our on-going fight for equality has plenty of room for both, and each can accomplish what the other cannot.
Remember the great Alice Paul whose strong tactics were a turn-off to President Woodrow Wilson. It was probably his dislike for her, however, which encouraged him to side with Carrie Catt, who also did not care for Paul’s tactics, and finally after 70 years, suffrage was won.
Then there’s the story of another Paul, the apostle, who disagreed so strongly with Barnabas that they parted ways in their ministry. Yet, their basic message was the same, and it continued to spread to different listeners.
Kristine and belief.net might not be a perfect match, but that does not juxtapose them. May Kristine’s blog reach thousands who are ready to receive her language, and may belief.net find someone else to blog the feminist message to those who have been taught to fear the word! Hooray for both!