Several folks have inquired about my definition of Spiritual Feminism – here are a couple of excerpts from websites:
“Spiritual feminism is often referred to as “spiritual ecofeminism” or “myth feminism.” According to “The Dictionary of Feminist Theory” by Maggie Humm, this branch of feminism “emphasizes the spiritual dimension as being as, or more, important than material rights to women’s happiness” (274). In other words, spiritual feminism seeks to empower women spiritually, often by returning to pre-Abrahamic religions, like Native American and Wiccan spirituality. The goddess as an alternative spiritual figure for women is a common theme in spiritual ecofeminist theory, though it is obviously more complex; in a sense, it is also partly a work of reconstructing women’s history.”
“Feminist theology is a movement found in several religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and New Thought, to reconsider the traditions, practices, scriptures, and theologies of those religions from a feminist perspective. Some of the goals of feminist theology include increasing the role of women among the clergy and religious authorities, reinterpreting male-dominated imagery and language about God, determining women’s place in relation to career and motherhood, and studying images of women in the religion’s sacred texts and matriarchal religion.
Feminists have attempted to counter perceptions of women as morally or spiritually inferior to men; as a source of sexual temptation; as dedicated to childbearing, their homes, and husbands; and as having a lesser role in religious ritual or leadership because of such inferiority or dedication.”