Target: Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church
Goal: Inform Kirill that feminism is not a dangerous phenomenon
Recently, Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill released a statement denouncing feminism as a “very dangerous phenomenon”. Kirill blames women for destroying Russian culture by not focusing on their families. Kirill is also a close supporter of Vladimir Putin and in the past a vocal supporter of the case against the feminist band Pussy Riot. Kirill blames feminism for problems it does not cause, and does not understand the benefit it has for women.
In his statement, Kirill said, “I find very dangerous this phenomenon, which is called feminism, because feminist organizations proclaim a pseudo-freedom of women that should in the first place be manifested outside marriage and outside the family.” He is adamant that women should focus on home and family first, instead of being allowed the freedom to do what they want. He does admit that women are free to pursue traditionally masculine careers, but he also said it was no coincidence that many feminist leaders are married.
There is no reason to blame women or feminism for problems in Russia. Kirill should realize this and instead address actual problems in the country, such as rampant sexism. Women’s rights are rarely addressed by the government, and when women attempt to fight for their own rights, they are shut down by people like Kirill. Tell Kirill that he must understand that feminism is only the fight for women’s rights, not a dangerous phenomenon.
Dear Patriarch Kirill,
Recently, you released a statement that blamed feminism for problems in Russia. You said that feminism is a very dangerous phenomenon, because it encourages women to focus on themselves instead of families. With this statement, you have shown that you clearly do not understand the benefits of feminism for women in your country.
I ask you to understand that feminism is not dangerous. Women are not seeking to abandon their lives, but instead to pursue their own rights as human beings. There is no reason to believe that women seeking equal rights would destroy Russia. Women deserve to live their lives how they choose, and feminism is the fight for that choice.
[Your Name Here]