#YesAllWomen, and #YesAllWomenDifferently

#YesAllWomen rally, source thinkprogress.org

I wrote about #YesAllWomen for the Huffington Post and the fact that there is a war on women.  Their bodies are the battlefields, and there are injuries and casualties.

The point I make in that article, and one I want to re-emphasize here on #OccupytheBible, is that not only does violence affect all women, but also understanding the differences among women is an indispensable part of stopping it.  Different women’s contexts matter immensely when we make social policy to try to stop violence against them.

It is important to base policy on the fact that while we must say #YesAllWomen are, by virtue of being female, at risk in the war on women, we must also say “YesAllWomenDifferently.

One of the achievements of the modern women’s movement of the 1960’s was the assertion of gender as a political category. The parameters of this assertion were ultimately shown to have been flawed, however, as they followed the fault lines of social and economic hierarchies of race, class, sexual orientation, and national origin. Subsequent work in womanist, queer and post-colonial theologies and philosophies has reinvented these categories in indispensible ways, and this work provides crucial correctives for Christian theology that would be a partner in ending the war on women.

All Americans need to see, and act on the fact, that violent, misogynistic culture functions to threaten all women, but different women are subject to different social, cultural, political and legal mechanisms in relationship to misogyny, before, during and after violent assault.

So, #YesAllWomen and #YesAllWomenDifferently.


About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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