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Tag Archive: Patriarchy

Sep 02 2012

The bible is a fantastic marriage manual

Ah the supposedly “liberal” Anglican church. Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, is not “liberal.” He demonstrates this in his explanation of the Anglican demand for wifely sumbission in the Sydney Morning Herald. Many of our young people want to be ”wives and husbands” rather than simply  ”partners” and in their weddings they come as ”bride and …

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Aug 13 2012

Woman iz associate to man, can haz some rites

Uh oh. Tunisia is working on a new constitution. That is, Tunisia’s government is. Tunisia’s government is Islamist. Tunisian politicians have provoked outrage by debating draft laws that would impose prison sentences for vaguely defined acts of blasphemy and approving wording in the country’s new constitution that says women are “complementary” to men. … The …

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Aug 09 2012

Police made her father sign a “pledge”

And then there are those strange coincidences – like when a woman complains to the police that her father and brother beat her, and they are arrested but then released on bail, and three days later the father takes her body to a clinic where a doctor issues a death certificate. Spooky, isn’t it. The …

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Apr 08 2012

You are the gardener

Speaking of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll…That article in the Stranger is interesting. To become a “member” at Mars Hill Church requires more than attending church. Becoming a full-fledged member—a process highly encouraged, and sometimes thunderously demanded, in Pastor Mark Driscoll’s sermons—requires months of classes and a careful study of Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, …

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Mar 20 2012

A visit to exotic Whitechapel

A strange article by Jemima Khan in The New Statesman on what she calls “Asian” marriage but discusses mostly as Muslim or Islamic marriage. Marriage Asian-style is practical, contractual and, to the western mind, deeply unromantic. “The spinster crisis is an issue of modernity,” preaches an energetically gesticulating man in a white prayer cap, jacket …

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Feb 09 2012

This god certainly hates women

Another one gets away. Deborah Feldman was raised in the reactionary Hasidic Satmar community based in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. She escaped. In her memoir, “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots,” out Feb. 14, she chronicles her oppressive upbringing and arranged marriage. At 23, emboldened by classes at Sarah Lawrence College, she left her …

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Jan 16 2012

On her own she will not be able to get her rights

There’s a woman in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Apparently she’s there to spread the word to women. She does that. Speaking to the London based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper Saturday, Abul Hassan argued that “When a woman marches to defend her rights, this affronts her dignity.” She added that “Does she not have a husband, a …

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Jan 15 2012

This will feel a little cold

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the move to erase women wanders even deeper into Bizarroland. The controversial exclusion of women from various settings in Israel because of pressure from ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders reached a new level this week with a major conference on gynecological advances that is permitting only males to address the audience. Yes you read …

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Jan 15 2012

The crime of Moska

So that’s how it’s possible to treat rape victims as perps. Just 21, Gulnaz had been released that week from prison, where she had given birth to her daughter Moska. Gulnaz seemed younger than her years, but she held my gaze almost defiantly as she told her story. She had been imprisoned in a Kabul …

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Dec 27 2011

Decent women don’t have “crisis pregnancies”

And if we haven’t had enough religious bullying today, here’s another batch. As ThinkProgress has reported, so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that claim to help women in need are actually established by anti-abortion activists with the sole objective of shaming women out of having abortions. Despite receiving federal and state funding, they have a history of …

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