Battle of the sexes
February 28, 2014
Lately the news has been full of crimes against women and girls, some at the local level, some at the state legislature level. The ones in foreign lands are some of the most vicious involving acid attacks, and murder outright.
In this country we have more sexual assaults going on in the military and even our famous universities are not immune. The reaction by law enforcement seems to be unresponsive, and public outcry is needed before there is any response or efforts to curb the lawless actions of predators.
In the military sexual assault also carries the stigma for the victim and since it is most always a top down action, i.e. superior officer acting against a subordinate, even complaining through channels is difficult. It never is about sex per se, but about power of the criminal against weaker innocents.
If a woman wants to have sex, no problem, but if a teen girl or older woman is assaulted and no action taken against the perpetrator, big problem.
In our more right wing states, the action against women and girls is all about controlling their bodily functions disguised under a cloak of “caring” for their health. It really is a backlash against social progress and having the woman making her own decisions about her sexuality and pregnancy.
Many state legislatures have outlawed peripheral matters dealing with abortion such as parental permission, waiting times, extent of pregnancy or certification of doctors. The plan in all these matters is to knock out the Supreme Court ruling making abortion legal in America.
Now Spain has turned to the right politically and proposes to outlaw abortion once again, and force women who can afford the price of an airline ticket to go abroad for services that are now available to them.
How did the human race get to such a miserable state?
I blame it on the fantasy of religion. All religions tout the superiority of the male, and elevate him to positions of power. The Buddhists are not immune from this charge, as all the administration duties of maintaining the power structure though building programs are always performed by men. I know of no high “priests” that are women. The nuns of this religion seem to function as servants, and of course abortion is against all the precepts that men have made up, so again women get the short end of the stick.
The real danger is when this fantasy of a god in charge of the world mixes in with the political parties that aim to control everything. Getting votes on a Pro Life ticket is simply the road to power, and the bigger the prize the more drastic the action against women.
The only deviation from this pattern was the killing of students in Nigeria because the religious fanatics want the country to be returned to the Dark Ages with no Western influences. The rebel group killed the men but sent the girls home to “get married” and have children.
This insatiable greed for power does not help the world, or our species. The painful thing is that otherwise intelligent people still buy into the theory of a celestial reward, or punishment on no evidence what so ever.
This fantasy of a supernatural power that we can propitiate and receive answers to our prayers has not appeared just recently. Our whole history of our species shows that once the Female Principle stopped being worshipped as the giver of life, and the warrior class sprang up to rule the cities, women have been suffering from sexist persecution.
The examples of the Spanish Inquisition, witch burning, Salem Witch trials, wars between Muslim and Hindu, Sharia Law and draconian abortion rules all prove that women have not been honored through the ages, but have been downtrodden through the men in power because of their mistaken take on reality.
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Battle of the sexes