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    • Jesse Loren

    • February 8, 2013 in Columnists

    Patriarchy undermines democracy

    The monotheistic religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity all embrace a male god that is creator, judge, destroyer and arbitrator of male domination.  This god is a prick.

    One of the many sins of patriarchy occurs early in Genesis.  Angels visit Lot and the whole town wants to “know” these visitors.  Lot spares the angels by giving his virgin daughters to the crowd to be raped as the crowd sees fit:

     Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.    Genesis 19:8

    Apparently the angels of god are powerless.  Apparently daughters are property to be given away to satiate the desires of men.   Apparently women have no say in their treatment because like beasts of burden, they are merely property with love holes.   Rape of women at the will of men is institutionalized in the first book of the Bible.  Is it any mystery that laws to protect women’s rights, women’s healthcare and women’s pay are still inadequate?

    Every time a law is sworn on a Bible, an equality angel dies.

    After Lot leaves his home and his wife turns salty;  he flees with his two  daughters.

    And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

    31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

    31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
    32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
    33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
    34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou…Genesis 19:30-34

    The father gives his daughters to be raped by the crowd, then later they “get him drunk and lay with him.”   This “getting him drunk so he perceived it not” is the Biblical way of blaming incest on the daughters and leaving the man blameless.

    Sin is the fault of the women.  From the tree of knowledge onward, women are blamed for seduction.

    This is institutionalized inequality.  The female gets all the blame and the male wakes up as a new duck in a new world.  After all, women’s bodies have a way of shutting all that down.  If we treated drunk drivers the way Lot is treated, they would hit and run all over and be considered innocent.  Oops, I did it again!

    One of the gravest manifestations of patriarchy is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  It is not in itself part of Islam, but it is practiced throughout Africa and the Middle East on millions of girls in order to purify them. It has become institutionalized as a religious practice.

    The degrees of FGM are:  amputating the clitoris, amputating the clitoris and inner labia, amputating the clitoris, inner labia, outer labia and sewing the vulva shut and leaving only a tiny hole the size of a grain of rice out of which to urinate and menstruate.  The last type of FGM, infibulation, also requires the fused wound to be opened later for intercourse and childbirth. Oh, those bloody sheets!   From start to finish, this is done without anesthesia. It is done to children who lack protection or consent. This is done to affect the personality of the girl.  It meant to be a lobotomy of desire.  Of course it is not written in the “holy books” to do so, but because girls are seen as the property of the father,  because in certain cultures women are perceived as being more marriageable by having amputated clitorises, they are mutilated.

    The women are left with a life of pain.  Each time they urinate, they must urinate slowly because the scar is thick and the hole is small.  The most enervated portion of their bodies amputated and disfigured.  This is done inside the realm of patriarchy.  Women are just one big temptation fest in extremist Islam, they need to cover up  and shut up.

    Currently, in America, the bastions of patriarchy are the religious groups still feeding the GOP.  These are the groups who are against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  These are the groups against the Lily Ledbetter Pay Fairness Act.  These are the groups against access to birth control. These are the groups that are against gay marriage.

    The GOP is against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act because they are truly against protecting women.  Protecting women means punishing men for crimes that keep women suppressed. Can you see the cross-purposes? How can the patriarchy retain their monolithic power if the law protects women against violence they feel entitled to define and inflict?   If you don’t believe me, look to the southern states that want to redefine rape.  They want to protect sexual violence in order to blame the women for acts against her.  It’s in their book; they feel entitled to their Lot.

    The GOP is against the Lily Ledbetter Pay Fairness Act because they want business owners (men) to keep pay shrouded in secrecy, that way they can continue to pay your mom, sister or yourself less.  Besides, in their world you should have a man earning all the money.  Stay home, burp a baby and shut up, will you?

    The GOP is against birth control and abortion, not for the masquerade of valuing life, if they did, they would protect women and provide healthcare for all.  They are against the tools that give freedom to women.  Birth control gives women power over their lady bits.  They can use them all over town just like men do and without consequence.  Oh, the horror! 

    The GOP is against gays loving and committing to marriage.  This is the coup de grace for patriarchy.  If a man loves another man and wants to be committed to him for life, true equality occurs.

    Every time a gay couple marries an equality angel is reborn! 

    Clap your hands!

    Contrary to the small-minded folks who limit life to binary function, neither one plays the wife or the husband, they play loving husbands or loving wives.   That must be so scary:  Two adults consenting to love one another through sickness and health, rich or poor, throughout the days of their lives.    Are you scared?  OMG, what will happen to female oppression if we learn how to truly love equally from the gay community?

    The GOP, Mormon, evangelical and patriarchal think tanks want to reach back to the Old Testament proclaiming marriage is uniquely for procreation.    That is hogwash.

    Marriage in the Old Testament is a property exchange between patriarchs. Period.  There is no love, choice, websites. None of that bullshit.  It is strict, patriarchal property exchange whose remnants remain in the father walking the bride down the aisle to her new owner.

    The Grand Ole Patriarchy  can’t embrace equality, unless they give up their loathsome, power hungry, misogynistic masquerade.

    • Your passages are the most I have ever read of the bible. You can see my stand. Such truth in your words Jesse. We live in very strange times now and so not good for women. We must march, stand up and spend money to see that our liberties are not further eroded.

      • Maya North

      • February 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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      They might let it go if they ever figure out that it harms them, too, but how do you convince them of it with their profound conviction that it makes them superior? Brilliant, powerful…

    • The new GOP logo should have a DoDo instead of an elephant. I wish I could draw…

    • Glad I had 2 readers!

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