From Mark Laynesmith, Anglican Chaplain:
I keep coming across people who refuse to call themselves feminists as if the term were some dirty word. I even know a number of younger women who will roll their eyes at the sound of the word and claim it has nothing to offer them, that they are equal and need no ‘special treatment’.
And yet day on day much of my ministry is among women mistreated by men. Certainly I see men, too, but their needs are in most cases rather different: not the result of being ‘used’ or abused, but about their failure to find their place in the power-struggle of life’s rat-race. Their suffering is often the quieter one of isolation; for many of the women though the problem is more obvious. It is still about bearing the brunt of harsh treatment at the hands of brutal men.