08/22/2013 by syrbal-labrys
I keep being told I just don’t “understand” religion of the patriarchal type. I usually get told this when I indict a monotheistic faith for misogyny. I am apparently misunderstanding how keeping my mouth shut, smiling to show I am not dangerous, and keeping my knees together is the way to heaven. But even patriarchal non-monotheistic* religions seem to have terrible issues with women. So what happens in a society that thinks women should have their lives determined by the parents, the husband, the brother….oh, and let’s not forget caste?
When a woman steps out of those lines to escape poverty, to go to school, to learn a skill….only to die after the most brutal gang rape one can imagine? I am grateful she was able to give a statement of what happened to her before she died. Such savagery, such mad brutality……if ANY religion had a hand in this because it has opinions on limiting a woman’s options to live and support herself, there needs to be serious re-examination of those precepts of “faith”.
Because all those folks who keep preaching the “beauty of faith” to me? They can shut the fuck up, cause really? It doesn’t look that pretty at all from the vantage point of a dying Indian girl’s final words.
EDIT: And gee, just as I was hoping the “faith” would wise up and shut up. No….a “holy man” has to open his mouth. Whether he was misquoted as his followers say or not, the “clear” part is his assertion that no stronger laws to protect women should be made because, hey, women with loose morals will use them. Presumably to avoid being gang raped, I guess.
(A mood emoticon with smoke rising from my ears would be useful about now.) Because yeah, I guess in his world view, every woman should ask for “mercy” from her “brother rapists”. Including the girl HE raped?
Oh, and tourists? Maybe you better not go to India if you are female.
*Let’s not have a big theological discussion over whether Hinduism is or is not monotheistic; for ordinary purposes whether the multitude of deities is one with many masks, or many —it is outside the scope of this post which is about rape culture fed by religious ideas of what a woman should be. This article does not even make clear whether only the victim was Hindu or not; some of her attackers may have been Sikh.