And I thought the Burka was bad.
Now I’m back and writing some more, at least for the time being, I get this to think about:
At least, not if you’re a Saudi. Think about it: you’ve got all of these sexy women, walking around, head to toe in black, obviously the sexiest colour, and all you can see is those alluring, sensual eyes.
Doesn’t it drive you mad with passion? Doesn’t it just make you fear for the dignity of those poor women, who have eyes, that they have to use to see, that are arousing such sexual thoughts in your head. It’s shocking, isn’t it?
Well, we can’t have that. Cover up their eyes! Roll them up in blankets. It doesn’t matter that they walk into walls, and cannot have a life of their own without a male chaperone. At least they’re not giving us men an opportunity to think our lusty thoughts. We can’t help ourselves, but we can help them!
There is not enough sense in this for me to do anything other than parody this stupid line of reasoning mercilessly.
But wait, it’s OK because Haredi Jews are catching up!
Not satisfied with being in one of the worst warzones around, they have decided to make life even less tolerable for everyone by defacing pictures of women’s faces and calling 6 year olds dressed in what I can only assume is pretty unrevealing clothing* “pritzas” (“prostitutes”) on their way to school.
That’s right, 6 year old girls are being bullied on their way to school by grown men. WTF?
And now, a word in general about women and fictitious sky-daddies, not just those I’ve mentioned:
This is just fucking typical of religious groups everywhere. One of the major problems I have with organised religion is that, for some reason, even the ones which don’t have holy books full of misogyny** seem to gravitate towards punishing women. Over and over again. In the words of Serendipity:
“The whole book’s gender-biased. A woman’s responsible for original sin. A woman cuts Samson’s coif of power. A woman asks for the head of John the Baptist. Read that book again sometime. Women are painted as bigger antagonists than the Egyptians and Romans combined. It stinks.”
Ne’er a truer word was spoken. And because it’s all derivative, “That Book” can be the bible, the qu’ran, the torah, you name it.
This has got to fucking stop.
(I don’t know if I should be thanking Ophelia Benson for this, but she linked me to these horror stories at least.)
* Come on, they’re 6…
** These books are few and far between, and let me tell you, neither the Qu’ran nor the Bible are among them.