Some social conservatives (Christian ones, at that) argue that feminism is to blame for the breakdown of marriage and society. One well-known evangelical sadly suggests that feminism turns women into “lesbians who hate their husbands and kill their children”. But I’m sure he means it in love.
Some of the Christian church, reading into admonitions from 1st Letter to the Corinthians and elsewhere, has selectively used scripture to legitimize their culture’s own existing sexism, instead of envisioning a culture where “there is no male nor female, slave nor freeman, Greek nor Jew” (Galatians 3:28, same author as 1st Corinthians).
One cannot quote the Letters to the Corinthians while disregarding context. An explanation could be that the people of Corinth wrestled with a pagan culture whose primary association of women’s involvement in religion were as temple prostitutes. If this is true, then Paul’s admonitions, offensive when read void of context in modern times, actually safeguarded the reputation of early Christian Corinthian females, rather than instructed female disempowerment.
Both Christianity and feminism desire for fullest human flourishing, freedom from all forms of oppression and compassion for the powerless. Both involve aims of justice and self-reflection. Both involve seeing others as equals. And I would argue that Christianity and feminism can inform and empower each other.
Christians could claim Christ for the ranks of feminism, but tagging @Jesus #feminist is thinking too small. According to Christian belief, God is infinite, eternal, and transcendent. Humans invent schools of thought and academic fields by which we try to interact with and change the world. So instead of forcing Jesus into boxes, no matter how nice they look in the IKEA catalogue, let’s allow him to deconstruct ours. He promises “behold, I make all things new”.
If the church takes Jesus’ gospel seriously, His good news touches all areas of life. Is your local church going along with what the world says or do they look different? The gospel presents humanity with a cosmos that is diametrically different to what exists in its absence.