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Nov 6, 2006
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Religion and Sexism

'All religions degrade women'
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Personally I think feminism is messed up, but I still think religion needs a feminist kick in the ass. I agree with this article; it's not just that Sheik who's the problem, its religion in general. All the big ones began back when men lorded the Earth and women were happy to go along with it. By that it's understandable that there'd be heaps of misogynistic beliefs and scriptures. But what shits me is that all these religions refuse to even consider that it might have been cultural influence, as opposed to divine proclamation. Believe it or not, back when I was young and Catholic, I wanted to be a Priest, but noooo that's a man's job, and since then I've turned atheist (not just because of that mind you).
 
Could it be because God is male? Some Christians try to make out that God is ungendered. But he's still called 'the Father'. And 'the Mother' would sound wrong. So in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, God is male. Instantly that makes them think women are second class. Also, the angels are supposed to be ungendered, but references to them are male - Gabriel, Michael - and they're referred to as 'the sons of God' and they go take their pick of 'the daughters of men'. I'm not so sure about Hinduism because I haven't bothered much with it, but I think some of them view all the gods as different forms of a single God who was male... not sure there. And as for Buddhism, no God, but a male founder (not his fault though) and you have all these monks go hide away who all seem to be male and wouldn't touch a chick with a barge pole.
 
Then again, there are these weird 'Earth-mother' groups who take from very ancient traditions, and then you have wiccans and so on, but they're minor and in the modern world seem rather silly.
 
I just hate how so much discrimination is based on thousand-year-old scripts. Times change. Unless God himself comes and says that women are second class, I'm not gonna believe it. Religion is annoying, because to prove an atheist wrong, all you gotta do is have God appear, but to prove the faithful wrong, there's nothing you can do, because despite the absence of evidence they just keep believing and say things like 'God is mysterious'. Pull the other one.
 
And as for feminism, it's messed up. They way things are going, women now seem to want help rather than equality, and that just reverses the whole point of feminism. Keeping the name 'feminism' is to me rather out-dated. It puts too much emphasis on the women, so that you get these crazy academic chicks who reckon you can't call yourself a feminist unless you're a lesbian. Extremist religions I can understand to a point, but extremist feminism!? As a result there are now men's rights groups because it's true that they're starting to suffer. The only social group you can make fun of in this politically correct world is now the white male, and they're getting jack of it. Maybe that's why they guard the Priesthood so tightly - last thing left to hold on to before crazy women start their own nuclear weapons program. It should be something like equalism - that way there's no emphasis on anything like gender, race, religion, etc.
 
One more thing about feminism. Women worked so hard to be considered equals, but now, with current fashion and capitalism and so on, they go out of their way to look good for the guys. Even if they're competing with each other it's still like backwards feminism. If the Sheik hadn't made his comments in such a harsh manner, I might've agreed with him. Dammit, my head's gonna explode with everything I wanna say now. I think I'll just go set up my one-alien utopia now. Goodnight.
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