Is Satan A Feminist?
By Leslie Dawe
Satanism, like feminism, has a bad reputation. Often times when I say I am a feminist, I get weird looks or people cringe - all because of the popular bad reputation portrayed on social media. The same goes for Satanism. Today’s society so easily judges those who identify with certain groups, so that society never actually sees the true purpose or views of those certain groups.
Satanism and Feminism are more similar than most people seem to think. for example, Satanism promotes love and not hate, the same as Feminism.
Society automatically stereotypes Satanists as evil because they see “Satan”. According to Kian Dove, a five year participant of the ‘Church of Rational Satanism’ , “I face a lot of sacrificial accusations… voodoo and witchcraft. Hatred in general.”. In fact her church does not promote any of those things, “They promote the equal and kind treatment of everyone and doing what you can to make yourself and others happy.”
Feminism is the same way. Since society thinks of man-hating-women automatically, the entire feminist community gets judged and deprecated. The real definition of feminism is, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” Meanwhile, the immediate thought when someone calls themselves a feminist is, according to Urban Dictionary, “The radical notion that women are systematically oppressed everywhere they go by a grand conspiracy called the patriarchy, and that all men have some vague undefinable privilege about them which blinds them to real instances of sexism…” or, “Feminism is a movement full of women who seem to think that their ability to push a baby out of their vagina entitles them to bigger and better everything.” Unfortunately, the latter is what most people think.
Equality is a major concept for both Satanism and Feminism where according to Kian Dove, “In the Satanic Bible, it is less about the equality of the sexes, it is more for the equality of everyone - including animals”. Feminism fights for equality as well.
Satanism represents kindness to those who deserve it. Also that if you try to love everyone it only lessens the amount of love that you could be giving to those whom you believe deserve it. Satanism is believed to be only about hatred, when in fact, Satanists are capable of practicing both love and hate on an equal and self determined level. Misunderstandings such as having a goal to hate everyone, when it is in fact the opposite. It is unfair to assume anything about something that you know nothing about. Satanism is less about the hatred of God or any other religion, and more about the love and “worship” of the self.
Men and women are hurt everyday due to others sexually abusing them. One way is through rape. Directly stated in The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey, “Do not make sexual advances unless they are returned”. This statement is also a main point fought by by most Feminists, who want a stop to rape. Kian Dove said, “We (Satanists) do not condone or even tolerate it (rape) at all.”.
Also stated in The Satanic Bible, “Satanism condones any type of sexual activity which properly satisfies your individual desires - be it heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or even asexual if you choose”. Individuals, no matter the sexuality are meant to feel love. It also states that,“Satanism also sanctions any fetish or deviation which will enhance your sex life, so long as it involves no one who does not wish to be involved”. Once again, Feminists believe that everyone is equal, that no matter what sexuality you are you should be loved and appreciated.
Satanism is a lot like Feminism because of the amount of misinterpretations about each subject. Both seem to have a common misinterpretation that they don’t appreciate. Feminists are viewed to hate men, and Satanists are viewed to hate everyone. While these interpretations are incorrect, they are what most individuals think the moment they hear, “Feminist” or, “Satanist”.
After being a close friend of Kian’s, I may be both.