Religions Tell Us to Hate Women
In the beginning, God created women to be despised by men.
From the very first moments of the Old Testament, it tells us that man was created in God’s image, and that women were an afterthought, made from a man’s rib for his company. From these grim beginnings we are told that woman destroyed paradise bu disobeying God’s command not to eat of “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.
From this precedent we see that women are not only inferior (made from a part of a man), but cannot be trusted, after all they went against God’s word. According to this “wisdom”, all the hardships on earth can be traced back to this one simple act. I cannot stress enough the importance of this one section of the Old Testament, setting up this one premise from the outset. (Rather than fill my blog with cherry-picked biblical excerpts, here is a good collection of biblical examples of misogyny.)
Now, of course this never happened, but it sets up the justification for the hatred of women from that point onward, in both Christianity and Islam. Women are thereby punished with the sin of disobedience by the pain of childbirth and the monthly bleeding given as a reminder of the sins of Eve. During this time, women are unclean and sinful and should not be touched by anyone, lest they too become unclean. Before the disobedience of Eve, the world was free of sin, disease, torment and hardship. Because women can’t be trusted, we now have all these things.
The subjugation of women from the biblical precedent spans the gamut of human rights. Because they are blamed from the outset, men must therefore take full control over them. Women became property of the man. In Islam, the men see any trespass against tier women as a shame upon their families, and often feel compelled to kill these family members in order to be able to show their faces in public again. Women are traded off like cattle, with girls as young as 5 being married off to men much older than they. The precedent here is of course the case of Mohammed’s child-bride Aisha, which makes it okay to marry and have sex with pre-pubescent girls.