Pastor banned from using the word “feminist” in her blog

A blogging contract between a minister and the spiritual website BeliefnetBeliefnet fell apart recently because the minister wanted to use the word “feminist” in her blog, according to

Kristine Holmgren, a Presbyterian minister, suggested two titiles for her blog: “Feminist Pulpit Notes” and “Sweet Truth – Thoughts of a Faithful Feminist.” But Beliefnet had a problem with that, Romenesko reports:

The pastor/writer says she asked (a Beliefnet employee) over the phone why she had a problem with ‘feminist.’ The Beliefnet marketer said she didn’t, but that ‘we know our readers are offended by the word.’

In case you’re wondering, Merriam Webster defines “feminist” as the adjective or noun version of the word “feminism.” Here’s what that word means:

1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

What’s so offensive about that?

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