Nov 18, 2008

The genesis of it all

I was rereading this article about how wearing trousers is immoral because doing so turns girls into slutty lesbians. Why is it that women-related articles are in the "Oddly Enough" section of Reuters? Why aren't the boys being slut-shamed for wearing trousers? Why the double standard? Why are the leaders of churches so scared of women?

We are human too. We walk. We talk. We think. We feel. We love. We hate. We are your mothers, sisters, daughters? Why are you so scared of us? Is it our vaginas or our opinions you fear? Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to control. Telling girls they are immoral to wear trousers makes a religious leader feel in control. Well that's what it seems like.

The cult of virginity is just another method of control. By embracing the idea of the sexual woman as impure, churches have maintained their power structures. With women unable to attain or be elected to high offices in a religious power structure, the only roles they play are madonna, whore or servant. No. I am no servant. I am no madonna. I am no whore.

There is a disconnect in the Bible. It is perhaps something that the editors missed. Woman was created twice. Once from the same clay as Adam on the fifth day in Genesis 1:27

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And then again here, in Genesis 2:22

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

And there is the basis for religious misogyny. Subvert the woman-gives-birth paradigm with man is responsible for the birth of woman. It sound like appropriation to me.

The bible has been used to justify slavery, death and genocide. The rape of women, incest and murder are part of its pages. Why are some following archaic laws and slut-shaming over 2000 years later? Why do people think that half the world's population is inferior? Seriously, we need to move past this already.

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