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Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse—all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse—all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female president? Why aren’t more women heads of Fortune 500 companies? Why do politicians in the West continue to attack women’s reproductive rights? As this volume explores, it would be hard to find a bigger culprit than religion when identifying the last cultural barriers to full gender equality. With topics ranging from the subjugation of women in the Bible to the shame and guilt felt by women due to religious teaching, this volume makes clear that only by rejecting the very system that limits their autonomy will women be fully liberated from its malignant influences, not just in codified law but also in cultural practice.


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Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse—all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse—all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female president? Why aren’t more women heads of Fortune 500 companies? Why do politicians in the West continue to attack women’s reproductive rights? As this volume explores, it would be hard to find a bigger culprit than religion when identifying the last cultural barriers to full gender equality. With topics ranging from the subjugation of women in the Bible to the shame and guilt felt by women due to religious teaching, this volume makes clear that only by rejecting the very system that limits their autonomy will women be fully liberated from its malignant influences, not just in codified law but also in cultural practice.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Shepherd

    “The impulse of men to own women would be there whether they believed in god or not. It’s just that it might be a bit harder to persuade female babies that they should be owned by men, if they were not told that god wants it to be true. ...getting rid of the idea of the supernatural is one step - only one, but a very important one, perhaps the first one, perhaps the biggest one - on the road to emancipation.” ~Christopher Hitchens No words of mine could elevate this book more than those written h “The impulse of men to own women would be there whether they believed in god or not. It’s just that it might be a bit harder to persuade female babies that they should be owned by men, if they were not told that god wants it to be true. ...getting rid of the idea of the supernatural is one step - only one, but a very important one, perhaps the first one, perhaps the biggest one - on the road to emancipation.” ~Christopher Hitchens No words of mine could elevate this book more than those written herein by the women who speak out against religious subjugation, or by the words of men (including those written in the Bible) that seek to sustain it: “Supernatural shackles on our minds have replaced iron shackles around our ankles, and through religious misogynistic indoctrination, women are taught to enslave themselves for men’s benefit. The subjugation of women and children is not an unfortunate side effect of religion - it is religion’s purpose.” ~Lauri Weissman • for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 1 Corinthians 11:9 • How then can a man be just with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of woman? Job 25:4 • For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 1 Corinthians 11:7 • Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings. Proverbs 31:3 “Digging into the Bible searching for truth was like putting my fingers deep into a sandcastle. It fell apart.” ~Alexis Record “Even if women wear themselves out or die from childbearing - no harm done. Let them die from bearing. This is the purpose for which they exist.” ~Martin Luther • Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 1 Corinthians 14:34 “The visceral disgust toward women that oozes out of so many Bible texts has echoed down through history in the attitudes and words of Christian leaders - from Catholic Fathers, to Protestant Reformers, to modern leaders of sects like Mormonism and Evangelicalism ...for the church to justify subjugation of women - to make chattel culture righteous - women had to be defined as inferior: morally weak, spiritually debased, physically defective, promiscuous, and stupid.” ~Valerie Tarico, PhD “Those who conform to all the privileges and niceties of culture invariably reject those who do not. In a strange sort of way, the privilege of rejection heightens the senses of those outside the circle’s influence. We have time to consider things more deeply. We see better. And once we’ve removed our culturally attuned lenses, what we see when looking at the church is a hierarchical, self-preserving, bigoted, chauvinistic institution dulled by successive generations of leaders whose circumcised intellect prevented them from exploring beyond their own reiterated dogma and canonical laws.* Once you see it, those scales, you know... they don’t just fall; they crash.” ~Gretta Vosper (*referencing Friedrich Nietzsche)

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    Lisa

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Wow – I think that that should be required reading for each politician and each religious leader of any faith! The book really has three "beefs" with religion: 1) women overall get the short shrift by each one of the three Abrahamic religions at least. 2) abuse of children by religion is rampant. 3) the whole supernatural being and story has the goal of retaining power for the leaders, and nothing else! So many beliefs and myths are brought out as what they are: tools for securing and retaining powe Wow – I think that that should be required reading for each politician and each religious leader of any faith! The book really has three "beefs" with religion: 1) women overall get the short shrift by each one of the three Abrahamic religions at least. 2) abuse of children by religion is rampant. 3) the whole supernatural being and story has the goal of retaining power for the leaders, and nothing else! So many beliefs and myths are brought out as what they are: tools for securing and retaining power of the men and excuses for abominable activities to both women and children and really anyone else! I wasn't that fond of the final essay because, although it had a good story and wonderful message, my own feeling is that it didn't fit in with the total examination.

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    Debora Williams

    Best book ever

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