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!
Patriarchy by its very nature is biased against women because it decrees that men are superior to women and therefore must control them, thus all societies and religions that base their belief system on it are inherently biased and dangerous in some manner for the well being of women. A belief system cannot base it ideas on the notion of patriarchy and still be considered fair and just. This is why the teachings of the Bible and other religious texts like the Qur’an are so very wrong! It is wrong for one gender to dominate and control the other and history bears out how destructive that type of belief system is. All people are entitled to equal human rights and any governmental system or religion that says otherwise is WRONG … thus, I can say that Christianity is wrong and Islam is wrong, because both deny equal rights to women based on their fundamental teaching of patriarchy as a mode of rule.
Patriarchy promotes at its very core gender violence and abuse against women, by teaching men that it is their right to rule over and control women, which is reinforced when patriarchy spills over into religion and becomes elevated from a human belief to a decree from god. The patriarchal mentality is the root cause of all discrimination against women based on gender and the reason all patriarchal religions deny basic equality to those who are born female. No matter how progressive patriarchal religions try to become, they can never erase the gender biased foundation upon which they are built, thus patriarchal religions must go the way of the horse and buggy if women are ever to be free from its grasp. There is no place in the realm of human equality for the primitive mindset that holds onto patriarchy, just as there is no place for a patriarchal god. Patriarchy and equality are not compatible; they can never stand side by side in the same room because patriarchy by its very nature is unjust. Women will never truly be free until patriarchy is wiped from the face of the earth!
Patriarchy and the religions that support it are morally wrong!