My faithful readership already knows that organized religion is nothing but an enormous piss-pot of fail. Let’s examine, using this hand chart of how awesome it was/is to when you’re not only knee deep in magical thinking, but also happen to be female as well.
This helpful quote from the Dark Bible:
“The God of the Bible decrees that woman must submit to the dominance of man.
“The social and legal position of an Israelite wife was inferior to the position a wife occupied in the great countries round about… all the texts show that Israelites wanted mainly sons to perpetuate the family line and fortune, and to preserve the ancestral inheritance… A husband could divorce his wife; women on the other hand could not ask for divorce… the wife called her husband Ba’al or master; she also called him adon or lord; she addressed him, in fact, as a slave addressed his master or subject, his king. The Decalogue includes a man’s wife among his possessions… all her life she remains a minor. The wife does not inherit from her husband, nor daughters from their father, except when there is no male heir. A vow made by a girl or married woman needs, to be valid, the consent of the father or husband and if this consent is withheld, the vow is null and void. A man had a right to sell his daughter. Women were excluded from the succession.”
-Roland de Vaux, archaeologist and priest
An extra raw deal if you happen to be female and a believer? I’m completely shocked. :/ Or as said on tumblr:
“It is almost as though men invented all the gods to justify their abusive asshattery by providing themselves with an appeal to authority logical fallacy they can trot out any time a woman tells them no.”
My love of religion is only superseded by my love of the symbiotic nature of how religion and patriarchy work together to reinforce women’s subservient place in society. As we work toward a society that begins to entertain the notion that women are full human beings it is painfully obvious to me that it is only when the inimical stain of organized religion has been swept from society can this humanization process be finished.