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Why Do Major Religions Discriminate Against Women?


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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 6:17:22 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
OMG, it's nearly as bad as the Muslims.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 6:19:24 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
Rachel, and not only Christians make rape the woman's fault. In Muslim societies if a woman is raped it is always her fault and she can and often is killed to restore the "honor" that has been lost to her family (read men, since women really have no honor except as it resides in her vagina).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 6:20:41 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
Mark, this is true, and when people say that Islam is not accountable for the cultures in which it's found they're mistaken, since Islam and the repressive cultures are inextricably interwoven.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 7:05:35 PM PDT
Blu Boy says:
Nancy, Rachel was commenting only on Christianity because that's what (I'm guessing) her experiences are from. The forum is called 'Why Do Major Religions' not just Christianity. But you are right, blaming the victim for the crime has always been easier for a male dominated society.

Whenever a high profile case is in the news about a major star raping someone it becomes a case of how big a whore the victim is. (Kobe Bryant/Faber case)

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 7:48:55 PM PDT
Monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) totally subjugated the more agrarian Goddess-based religions under crushing patriarchy. From the torture of the Inquisition to the "honor killings" and acid attacks of today, I have no idea why any woman would want to identify with any of the major world religions.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 8:13:58 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
Gaelic, indeed, and many of us have completely opted out of them. There are, however, many women around the world who are trapped, especially in Islam, but also in fundamentalist versions of Mormonism and other cults around the world.

I gave up Christianity when I was in my late 30's and have never looked back. I wonder how we can help the women who are imprisoned in oppressive religions to do the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 8:39:57 PM PDT
Education and economic freedom are the two main forces that will make an even playing field for all women everywhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 8:57:31 PM PDT
Blu Boy says:
Agreed!

Now how do we go about getting there? (I for one wish there were a large populist movement for an equal rights amendment but the religious right would kill it quickly and effectively again IMO)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:08:17 PM PDT
A customer says:
Women were discriminated agianst through much of antiquity. Unfortunately for us all, the major religions, particularly the Abrahamic religions, are snapshots of the morality and ethics of those cultures which existed thousands of years ago.

It is still accepted because for many it is just the price of believing in "God."

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 9:12:40 PM PDT
A customer says:
However...

I'm thinking of an article I read today on the Huffington Post about "15 Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders." Not all of religions discriminate against women or even gays. There are good theists out there.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:15:44 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:20:27 PM PDT
That minister was an idiot. He does not reflect the attitude of the majority of pastors.I am truly sorry to hear that some women have gone through such horrible situations.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:21:30 PM PDT
Amicus says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:22:23 PM PDT
Blu Boy: Frankly, the Bible was written in a very different time. I am all for people still reading it/getting faith from it, but some stuff really needs to go. I say it's time for an edit.

Chuck: Time for an edit? It's well past time to stick it on the shelf with all the other mythology books and get ourselves out of Bronze-Age superstition.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:23:42 PM PDT
A customer says:
"I do not believe that because a woman can not do something, such as be a priest, that she is being discriminated against."

She is being told she can not do something just because she is a woman. How is that not discrimination?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:25:13 PM PDT
A customer says:
"I have a news flash for them-they are adults with minds of their own, no one is holding a gun to their heads to remain a Mormon."

And I have a news flash for you. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, or just plain ol' religious indoctrination can be more effective.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:26:54 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
Mom, of course women are being discriminated against when they're excluded from the priesthood. The whole Catholic set-up is about as patriarchal as you can get, and their hold on power demands that they keep women in second class positions.

As to Mormons, the women who are raised in such cults are just as imprisoned in their beliefs as the Muslim women who are forced to wear veils and undergo mutilation of their sexual organs.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 11:31:42 PM PDT
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THOTH pbuh says:
Agreed Glad to be Gaelic - and thi sis the crux of the matter - in demonizing the agrarian goddess cultures the patriarchia (nomadic sheparding based) l ones also (essentially) demonizd women - as is reflected in RRR post above.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 5:45:26 AM PDT
Bubba says:
"it won't hurt you to respect their religious convictions."

Do Hasidic Jews respect the convictions of homosexuals?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 7:36:25 AM PDT
ChimChim says:
Amicus wrote,
"In the article, it says the bus is privately owned."

It's a public bus line under private ownership. It is not restricted to only Orthodox passengers, but the neighborhoods it services are largely inhabited by Orthodox Jews. Yes, the passengers enforce the "separation of the sexes" rule. Saying that they "ask" female passengers to sit in the back of the bus is a little euphemistic in this case. I've read other pieces where the tone could be quite bullying, but not always. The other part about the article that really surprised me was that there would be some kind of panel appointed to look into the matter ... and the segregationist behavior was not stopped in the meantime. Mayor Bloomberg suggested the community hire their own private bus and then they can enforce whatever rules they like among their members. Remember, the rules are being enforced here against EVERY woman ... Orthodox or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 7:48:20 AM PDT
Nice. If they would ask an African-American to sit in the back of the bus there would rightful outrage. But it's ok to do it to women.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 8:11:27 AM PDT
They don't seem to have a problem accepting women's fare money. If having women on their buses is so offensive, why not ban them completely? Or have separate buses for the genders? It's just another everyday way of reminding women how little value they have.................
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