Yesterday I wanted to bake cookies. I put on my little apron and whisked about the kitchen until I made both mess and cookies. I enjoy the process of baking. From mixing it all together to licking the spatula to smelling the delicious scents wafting from the oven. I also like the looks people make when they taste my cookies. Surprise. Happiness. Delight.
I love baking cookies. I’m also a feminist. It works because…
Being a feminist (to me) means:
I value all people. Women. Men. Children. Friends. Enemies.
I believe that God speaks to everyone, without regard to gender, religion or sexual orientation. (Whether we’re listening or not is where it gets complicated).
I know deep within me that no one should be considered “less than,” and I will do as much as I can to promote equality.
What this looks like in real life:
If I notice you are not using inclusive language I may talk to you about it. (Or I may bite my tongue, depending on how fired up I am).
I will follow God’s call to ministry in my life and try to model an egalitarian outlook.
I will encourage both women and men to notice their language and how they view women, and when the reflection comes back with any thing but equality – encourage them to change.
So yes, I like to bake cookies. I am also fiercely passionate that our God sees people as equals and we should treat our fellow sisters and brothers as such. Here’s to equality, one cookie at a time.