In Sex and the Catholic Feminist, Browder challenges the notion that you can’t be a feminist and believe in God. She echoes John Paul II’s call for Catholics to embody a “new feminism,” a radical new view of women’s dignity. Her goal in this book is to “follow one golden thread of feminism in America—the pro-life thread—to show why it has been ignored by the media and left out of public conversation for fifty years.” For Browder, the pro-life movement is about more than abortion and contraception; it’s about loving and respecting all human life.
While tracing the history of feminism in America, Browder discovered at the core of these various feminist movements a search for personhood. Where do women place their identity and find their fulfillment? Browder ultimately concludes that in our noisy, consumerist society, placing one’s identity anywhere other than in God will prove disappointing and unfulfilling.
“My hope is that some thoughts presented here will spark a new conversation and help heal one of the deepest political divisions in our nation.” — Sue Ellen Browder