Written by a person who messaged me two minutes ago. I don’t have permission to source the blog but I have to get this out:
I was intrigued by the Susan B Anthony debate thread going on. I was also thoroughly perplexed by the name “ForTheCatholicGirls.”
I spent oh maybe ten minutes looking at that tumblr. At the end of it, I was sad that the name Catholic is being used to describe something so profoundly against Catholic teaching, and non-Catholics look at that as a representation of what Catholicism SHOULD be like and think that the curators are modern and progressive and forward thinking and open minded. (Those adjectives are not mutually exclusive with pious Catholic doctrine following women.)
Also, the nerve of someone claiming that Mary Wollstonecraft was “the original feminist” is extremely Eurocentric. It is a symptom of the white centredness of the mainstream feminist movement that fights for causes of women but under the narrow lens of white women, often to the detriment of minority women. (Sure white women are pursuing their careers while the Mexican maid cleans the house and takes care of their kids.)
They have the privilege of erasing the historical, cultural, and racial differences between all women in favour of western values of white women. Their notions of femininity and freedom for women are a direct result of being a participant and beneficiary of the systematic and institutionalized discrimination and conquest of other races. Claiming the original feminist would have been or was pro abortion overlooks the works of other feminist women from that same time period or older not from Europe who would have disagreed.
Also, I would guess that our most Holy Virgin Mother, Mary, the QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, whose intellect surpasses all because of her Immaculate Conception, a woman, is the epitome of femininity. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what white Eurocentric feminists would say about her decision to submit to her husband and bear a child and stay at home to take care of her family.
Oh my dear Lord, I cannot breathe because I have never had another person on Tumblr write me a message and sum up so perfectly the thoughts that were on my mind last night. My head is spinning and spinning because you put, exactly, EXACTLY, WORD FOR WORD, what I have been thinking in debating not only “forthecatholicgirls” but every liberal, dissenting, or feminist Catholic on Tumblr for the last year.
My head just kept saying, over and over, “Do these liberal dissenting white Catholics even know how much “WHITER” they are than Catholic?”
Then I thought, if I print that, all of Tumblr is going to say I am the most racist Mexican. But honestly, I kept thinking, “I am from the people of 500 years of white oppression since Hernán Cortés, and they are lecturing me about privilege. Meanwhile they are reeking of white Eurocentrism!”
Again, I thought, I can’t print that. I shouldn’t even be thinking it, because it sounds so racist. And I have hundreds of white followers. And I love them, as in, totally love them. Because people are usually just people and when they are being human and in touch with the vulnerable, you don’t notice whiteness and Eurocentrism. And when I’ve brought this subject up I have always hurt a few feelings of white followers who don’t even know how much I love them. It is just their culture and historical mindsets, still alive and well and not at all hidden, in the “new morality” of the “new Catholic post-Vatican II” religion.
But when they get into that dominating mindset, or in the case of some so-called feminists, that dominatrix mindset, they really are just the same as the Europeans who came, pillaged, wiped out culture, and then imposed their way.
The whiteness of Tumblr Feminist Eurocentrism on the abortion issue comes out in so many ways, I can’t begin to describe it. I don’t think I would bother, because we are talking something so far beyond privilege that it just runs in the blood.
Yeah, so yeah, it’s not funny. And this whole thing of just flush that baby out of my uterus and give me my freaking ownership and domination of something weaker and all of you be damned—and by the way, where is your gold and turquoise while we’re at it. It gets tiring because I have to start thinking in those categories and it is so hard, not because I am a man or a priest but because the stories of oppression for those of us who are not white and Euro-descended just do not connect with the mindset of attitude of these Eurocentrist whites…..
…..who in my mind, even if they are women, have not really changed from the thinking and attitudes of their conqueror ancestors.
As a priest and as a Catholic, I believe that only by getting to the heart of the Gospel of Christ and completely disavowing the domination, the power “it’s my body” culture, and conquista attitude of your ancestors—only in this way—can you really enter what the Cross means, what it means to submit, to serve, to be vulnerable, and to put the vulnerable and the weak first. In other words, what it means to be Catholic.