Vox Populi 7 – Religion and Women
I saw this tweet from Taslima Nasreen yesterday, which was almost a complete summation of what she said last year at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne:
“Proud to be an atheist. Women should get rid of religion because all religions are anti-women. http://tinyurl.com/ykgvlu3 #Atheism”
It links out to an article by the always awesome BlagHag (or @jennifurret on Twitter) entitled “A large list of awesome female atheists”. Taslima, in her talk about her problems with Islam in her home country of Bangladesh, illustrated with many point that all religions act as systems by which the patriarchal theocracies can control women. Whether that was their intention at their inception or not, I cannot say, but the words of religious texts, their meanings and intentions are clear. Women are second class citizens, they are dangerous to men, they cannot be trusted, and should therefore be controlled. And women are scary, because they control the power of life which men do not have.
My favourite bible passage about women is 1 Timothy 2:9-15 which reads:
9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
This is just my take on religion and women, what do you think? Can anyone shed any light on Islamic instructions toward women?