3rd May 2013

“My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty years because even in biblical times men would not stop to ask directions.”

Elayne Boosler

4 Responses to “3rd May 2013”

  1. Carbon 14 Says:

    What’s with the gendered slurs against men?

    I mean, I appreciate the comedy in today’s quote, sat navs hadn’t been invented by the men of the time, so women wouldn’t have a chance at navigating on their own.

    Regarding yesterday’s quote, I’m pretty certain that women use religion to control others too.

    Religious control is a societal thing, all people enforcing god-decreed roles on all other people. Is anyone going to claim that Islamic mothers aren’t responsible in cases of honour killings, just like fathers are? Are Arabic sisters more likely to be more accepting of a gay brother than Arabic brothers?

    The answers are pretty clear. Religion isn’t just something that happens to women, acted on by all men, It’s not that simple, that’s not the way it is.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Dear C14,

    All of the Abrahamic religions have a single thing in common, and it isn’t that they are monotheistic. It is that the entire power structure of the religion is in the hands of males.

    Consider the example of Brother Cadfael, played on PBS by Derek Jacobi – fictional but historically accurate. The good brother was an herbalist healer in the middle ages. A man with such knowledge was a trusted adviser in that time, but a woman? Her most likely end was tied to a post in the middle of a bonfire, a convicted witch. The same exact knowledge base but in the hands of a woman, it must be satanic.

    Think about it.

  3. Carbon 14 Says:

    Jeff, I agree that monotheistic religions are patriarchal – most positions of power were held by men, most women excluded.

    It’s more nuanced than saying, ‘men use religion to control others’. Women control others with religion (see my examples), and men are controlled using religion (consider the crusades, no women were forced to fight and die for Christendom).

    Think about it.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    There are two types of people in this world: The programmers and the programmed. In our context here, the practice of faith is merely the interfacing between two types of of people.

    As for today’s quote I’ve been wandering lost in the wilderness for nearly half a century, and I’m out to make a point about getting to where I’m going without asking for directions.