Orthodox Jewish leaders in Israel have been quietly handed a victory by Benjamin Netanyahu, where they exclude woman doctors from a conference about a topic that decidedly should not be male domain except by virtue of patriarchy: gynaecology. The conference will discuss the care and medical treatment of issues pertaining to women’s reproductive organs but not a single woman will be presenting.
The conference on “Innovations in Gynecology/Obstetrics and Halacha [Jewish law]” is being held by the Puah Institute this Wednesday in Jerusalem. It will include such topics as “ovary implants,” “how to choose a suitable contraceptive pill” and “intimacy during rocket attacks,” in which there are many qualified female professionals, but none will be permitted to speak, at least not from the podium.
Women are allowed in the audience, in a section separate from men.
Several Israeli human rights groups have protested the men-only nature of the conference. While it is considered a private rather than a public forum, and therefore not subject to Israeli policies against discrimination, Puah receives considerable funding from the Health Ministry, these complainants point out.
Such complaints are unlikely to make much of an impression, however. The Health Minister, to whom they are addressed, is actually the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, owing to another sop to the Ultra-Orthodox.
This is why people so often conflate religion with misogyny. Judaism derives its laws from the Old Testament, the same book Christians and Muslims each decided needed a sequel. The Big-Three religions are predicated on so much anti-woman nonsense that to be “orthodox”, to take your book literally, you have to exclude women from educating men lest it be seen as an affront to the natural order of things as dictated by Yahweh.
You wonder why I’m an atheist? This is in no small part what clued me in that the Catholicism I was brought up in, was total and utter nonsense, because this shit’s in their Bible too. Go ahead, look it up.