Religions Tell Us To Hate Women
In the beginning, God created women to be despised by men.
From the very first moments of the Old Testament, it tells us that man was created in God’s image, and that women were an afterthought, made from a man’s rib for his company. From these grim beginnings we are told that woman destroyed paradise bu disobeying God’s command not to eat of “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.
From this precedent we see that women are not only inferior (made from a part of a man), but cannot be trusted, after all they went against God’s word. According to this “wisdom”, all the hardships on earth can be traced back to this one simple act. I cannot stress enough the importance of this one section of the Old Testament, setting up this one premise from the outset. (Rather than fill my blog with cherry-picked biblical excerpts, here is a good collection of biblical examples of misogyny.)
Now, of course this never happened, but it sets up the justification for the hatred of women from that point onward, in both Christianity and Islam. Women are thereby punished with the sin of disobedience by the pain of childbirth and the monthly bleeding given as a reminder of the sins of Eve. During this time, women are unclean and sinful and should not be touched by anyone, lest they too become unclean. Before the disobedience of Eve, the world was free of sin, disease, torment and hardship. Because women can’t be trusted, we now have all these things.
The subjugation of women from the biblical precedent spans the gamut of human rights. Because they are blamed from the outset, men must therefore take full control over them. Women became property of the man. In Islam, the men see any trespass against tier women as a shame upon their families, and often feel compelled to kill these family members in order to be able to show their faces in public again. Women are traded off like cattle, with girls as young as 5 being married off to men much older than they. The precedent here is of course the case of Mohammed’s child-bride Aisha, which makes it okay to marry and have sex with pre-pubescent girls.
Instead of asking the men of Islam to have some respect for their women, instead of being asked to control their “rape-urges”, instead of having respect for the rights of others, they cover their women from head to toe, obscuring the view of any flesh that might cause a man to go on a raping spree. The men justify this by claiming that if they didn’t cover their women, then someone might rape them.
I don’t only blame men for all this, though I must say, it was men who started this whole mess by writing some of the most uninspired fiction in human history in such a manner. Women, female believers, also play along with this. It’s the “Stockholm syndrome” of religion, learning to love the captors.
To top it all off, the Bible and the Koran make it difficult to say anything against these edicts by telling us that it a sin to disbelieve.
Whether you believe in the story of the bible literally, or whether you think it’s just a nice story to get the ball rolling, the very opening stanzas of the religious texts makes it very clear that the purpose of these ideas is to keep women under control, and we live with this despicable precedent right up to the modern day. I’d say that pretty much every hardship that women have experienced in modern life stems from these ideas, and if more people understood this then I think more people might question why it is that the war against women continues.