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To all my fellow humanitarians who care deeply about equality and dignity for all people, let us use this opportunity to rally and come together stronger than ever. Hillary’s adult life has been dedicated to fighting for the rights of all people to be treated with equality and dignity, so let us carry on with her campaign motto of “Stronger together” and continue the fight …
Trump may be the figure-head called president, but that does not mean his values or beliefs are right. We must continue to fight against the hatred, misogyny and bigotry that Trump so vocally supported throughout his campaign! Do not give up! We’ve only just begun …
Twenty years ago when Hillary Clinton was First Lady of the United States, she addressed the United Nations and spoke these powerful words, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.” from that time until today she has tirelessly pursued the task of championing human rights for all people.
“The potential within every person to learn, discover and embrace the world around them, the potential to join freely with others to shape their communities and their societies so that every person can find fulfillment and self-sufficiency, the potential to share life’s beauties and tragedies, laughter and tears with the people we love – that potential is sacred.”
Secretary Hillary Clinton 12/14/09
“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s dedication to the cause of women’s rights began early in her life and has never faltered. Whether as a stand-out young woman at Wellesley College, an attorney and advocate, First Lady of the United States, US Senator, or as Secretary of State, her banner has been held high. The words on that banner have been simple, powerful, and inarguable. “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights, once and for all.” When Hillary Clinton uttered those words at the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women, the effect was electrifying. Never before had a woman of her prominence spoken out with such boldness and clarity on the appalling treatment of women around the world. And they certainly had not done it in China!” http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/192081-hillary-clinton-a-lifetime-of-human-rights-advocacy
Patriarchy: a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
Patriarchy is a social system in which: males hold primary power; males predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property; and, in the domain of the family, fathers or father-figures hold authority over women and children.
The one thing that most religions and all patriarchal cultures share is their bias against women. It is common knowledge that patriarchy has been the leading influence that has driven religions and societies to discriminate against women. Patriarchy is the root cause of young girls being forced into marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation), honor killings, marital violence and girls being denied an education because of their gender … that is why I say it is dangerous and it is morally wrong! Read the rest of this entry »
“Culture and religion have been male; formed by men with – as we shall see – a ‘place’ for women. It does not do to patch up the past. We need revolution. Only when men can be pried free from their ancestry, can we, women and men together, begin to create something new.” ~ Daphne Hampson, After Christianity
Those words perfectly sum up the problem with trying to re-work Christianity and its biblical foundation to make it more female friendly, instead of creating something new. The Bible is sorely lacking in female role models that are based on anything other than women who are submissive to men and whose sole purpose is to bear male children, whereas biblical male role models consist of men with courage, strength, willpower and endurance, like Noah, Abraham, Moses, and King David abound. Examples in the Bible that women are suppose to look up to include prostitutes like Rahab, or women like Sarah, Ruth, Rebecca or Mary, all made famous because of the sons they bore … this is not the case with men. These women and many more in Scripture are elevated to a high status by men based on the patriarchal standards of the submissiveness and bearing male offspring. Women need female role models that edify and encourage them to live up to their full potential, which goes far beyond just fulfilling a biological purpose of reproduction. Read the rest of this entry »
Being a feminist means that you believe in gender equality. It is long past time for every man and woman to step forward and speak up for equal rights, as Emma Watson says, “If not you, then who and if not now, then when?”. Each of us can make a difference.
Below is a portion of a comment I received the other day on a blog article I wrote, titled Women: Disrespected and Dishonored in the Bible. One line from her comment jumped out at me and I chose to use it as the title of this article, because it describes so well the role women play in the Bible … that of submitting to the man and being used as an instrument for his happiness.
“Women are disrespected in the bible. It is dishonest and quite a spin to claim otherwise. How many men want to line up and submit to their wives? How many husbands want to have to always surrender their wants, wishes and desires to those of their wife? How many men want to be told that their wife has the right to control every single aspect of their life? How many men want to be told they must obey their wife and to do otherwise is to sin. I don’t think too many men would volunteer for that. However, since God created us I guess He can decide which vessels are for honor and which are for dishonor and obviously the women is the vessel for dishonor. God made us and that is His right. You can deny this but you are not being honest. It would be better to just admit it and then work on how to make it as painless as possible for women. Obviously men are God’s favorites and everything He did is intended to help them achieve happiness. Women are merely instruments for men’s happiness and if they want to go to heaven they must accept their lowly position.”
I am saddened that a woman, who sees so clearly the male-bias of the Bible, has chosen to resign herself to the fact that it must be true. I know this is the case for countless women who have been indoctrinated from the teachings of the Bible, into thinking that they must take the submissive role in male/female relationships. For many years I too was a firm believer in the teachings of the Bible as the word of god, but my eyes were finally opened when I began to look deeply into the strong biases against women that are found throughout the Old and New Testaments. Verses such as the one below epitomize the role of women in fulfilling the desires of men. Read the rest of this entry »
In the recorded history of humankind there has never been a society where men or boys were denied an education simply because of their gender, but women and girls throughout history in patriarchal societies have not fared so well, continually struggling to gain human rights denied them by men. Women do not try and take human rights away from others as men have done to them, so why the disparity? It seems like the more power men in patriarchal societies gain the more they try and rob women of their human rights. Something is deeply wrong with men who think that they should own and control women’s bodies. It is truly a great shame upon the intelligence of men who continue to view the female gender as being inferior to their own. Some of the biggest offenders that have reinforced this erroneous thinking have been those in various religions. The founder of the Christian faith, the apostle Paul is a good example of how readily men follow these unethical and gender biased teachings without using their intelligence to condemn them. No man would ever be elected to any office today in a democratic country that held to the subjugation of women as taught by Paul in the New Testament. It is only fundamentalist religious groups that still adhere to the primitive male idea of dominating and controlling women. Those who hold to the idea of biblical authority are by default accepting all the bias, oppression and blatant sexism that the Bible promotes and supports. Jesus, Paul and all the other apostles and church leaders uncritically endorsed the laws of the Old Testament and taught compliance with the god spoken of in its pages…what does this tell us about them? What becomes very obvious is the intelligence level of men like Jesus and Paul, because for anyone to endorse the subjugation of women and deny them equal human rights reveals a serious lack of critical thinking. The mindset that is imported by default when one adheres to biblical teaching is evident in men who believe that ruler-ship over women is their god given right and that the Bible gives them the authority to rape women by saying god ordained it. Read the rest of this entry »
- I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want the choice of whether or not to get an education.
- I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want to choose IF or WHOM she marries.
- I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want to choose IF and WHEN she has children.
- I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not choose to have control over her own body.
- I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not say that women’s rights are human rights.
- I challenge anyone, to find me a girl/woman who would not want to decide whether or not she is genitally mutilated?
Of course this is a challenge that no one will take, because there are no women to be found that do not want the freedom to make their own choices about what is done to their bodies. The same freedoms that are afforded men in every country on this planet are denied women in a large percentage of them…this is beyond unacceptable, it is outrageous in the extreme. How did our world get into such a condition as to deny half the population equal human rights? Why would any man ever think that his humanity is somehow deserving of more freedoms and that his gender gives him rights over another persons body? Has the intelligence of men become so twisted, as to think it is reasonable to assume that half the population, which brings forth the life of the other half, is somehow inferior? Read the rest of this entry »
Their intellect a resource
Their bodies give life
The key to a better future for all humanity means empowering women and educating men. To be assured of a world where humans can thrive and flourish, the greatest resource we have needs to be empowered.
Empowering women means:
- More educated women.
- Less unwanted marriages, pregnancies, and abortions.
- Lower population growth.
- Improved quality of life for everyone.
- Greater intellectual resources.
- Increase in ethical and moral values.
- Less violence and abuse.
Educating men to:
- Respect all people’s human rights.
- Learn that violence is never okay except in self defense.
- Treat women as you wish to be treated.
- Work together as equals for the benefit of all.
- Act in an ethical and moral way to women.
- Take responsibility for and control your own actions.
- Understand that women’s bodies are their own, they do not owe you sex.
The history of patriarchal rule shows that it has failed to establish a society where all people live up to their potential and flourish. Men need to grow up and take responsibility for how they treat women; they need to use their intelligence to empower women to work with them as a team instead of cutting off half the population. Cutting off half the resources of a population can be compared to only allowing a power generating plant to run at half capacity, thus producing only half of the energy needed to supply the whole population…this would be utterly ridiculous, but that is exactly what men are doing when they keep half the population from living up to their full potential. Too many men use religion as a tool to control women, without realizing they are diminishing the quality of well-being for the whole community. It is only when women are empowered to walk in their full capacity as human beings will the world realize its full potential. EMPOWER WOMEN to walk in their full potential – EDUCATE MEN to respect women as equals.