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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Heroine of Japanese women's rights passes away

Beate Sirota Gordon

You might think you aren't a feminist or that Christianity and feminism have nothing to do with each other.  I disagree.  Feminism can take many forms.  In Japan circa 1945, women were still treated as property to be bought and sold.  They had virtually no rights at all - they could not vote, inherit or buy property.  Beate Gordon was a part of changing Japanese history at the tender age of 22 by writing women's basic rights into the Japanese constitution.

What made her special?  She was one of only a handful of people serving the United States who spoke fluent Japanese.  She spent some time living in Japan with her parents.  Her father was a renowned concert pianist and music teacher.  She left Japan to study at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she majored in modern languages.  She returned to Japan by securing a job as an interpreter for General McArthur, desperate to find her parents.  She married in 1947!  Wow.  She wrote an auto-biography titled "The Only Woman In The Room."  She recently passed away, just six months after her husband of many years. Check out this article about her.

13 comments:

MarkyMark said...

Feminism and Christianity are TOTALLY INCOMPATIBLE! Feminism is Satanic; it is rebellion, pure & simple. I don't know about your Bible, but MINE says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. You might want to do a study and see what the Bible says about witchcraft some time... ;)

SavvyD said...

So feminism is witchcraft? And of Satan? That logic is truly dizzying. Women having inheritance/property rights and right to choose a marriage partner rather than having one forced on her is not at all incompatible with being a Proverbs 32 woman.

MarkyMark said...

Uh, there IS no Proverbs 32-duh!

SavvyD said...

Proverbs 31 (32 is a typo) has a woman considering a field and buying it herself. This indicates that she had the power to do so. In other words, she had property rights.

MarkyMark said...

Savvy,

The rebellion goes back to The Fall, where Eve disobeyed God's command to REFRAIN from eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Feminism has its roots there. As I said, it is rebellion, pure & simple. If you have a problem with that, take it up with God, not me; after all HE wrote The Bible, not me; HE said that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and if you study witchcraft, it is clearly of Satan. Ergo, feminism is Satanic. It's all rather elementary-IF you know your Bible, that is...

MarkyMark

MarkyMark said...

I forgot to add that anyone who says The Communist in Chief, aka Barack Hussein Obama, is a Christian, obviously does NOT know their Bible! Yeah, I had something to say in response to that post too...

MarkyMark said...

Oh, and if you want see the proof of rock music's Satanic underpinnings, then go watch this video by Pastor Joe Shimmel...

SavvyD said...

So then, I guess you would like to ignore that Proverbs 31 woman's apparent right to purchase property and negotiate a price for her labor. So be it.

I don't know Pastor Joe Schimmel from Adam's cat, however, I'm sure you will appreciate my posting about how Walmart was featuring AC/DC's satanic music. Where was your moral outrage in support of this?

http://savvysinglechristian.blogspot.com/2012/11/walmart-black-friday-commercials.html

SavvyD said...

Here is the link in an easier format since automatic linking stopped working.


Walmart Black Friday commercials feature Satanic music by AC/DC

MarkyMark said...

AC/DC is a Satanic band, no question about it. However, the whole of rock music has, shall we say, a Devilish basis. Read up on blues musician, Robert Johnson, then get back to me...

Anonymous said...

A point to remember is the proverbs 31 woman is buying a field to benefit her husband and family. He has full trust in her that she can manage the finances for the family and make those decisions. She is not buying this field merely for herself or in some act of financial independence.

MarkyMark said...

Anon1734,

DING, DING, DING, DING, DING, DING! We have a winner! Thankfully, SOMEONE gets what Proverbs 31 is about; it obviously isn't the host of this blog...

SavvyD said...

The question was not, in this context whether or not she does it for the benefit of her family. The question for women in Japan was whether or not they could do it at all. They could not at all - married or single - inherit any property whatsoever for anyone's benefit.

So if you agree that a woman may engage in such activities to benefit her family, then it seems you secretly feel that women should be allowed to do such a thing.

If a woman is single for no fault of her own, she should be able to negotiate on her own behalf for her own benefit and for her future or for her children. Just because a woman is taking care of business for herself doesn't indicate she is selfish or acting outside of God's will. She may be planning for her future marriage. Single women certainly shouldn't waste their time doing nothing until they meet a man.