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"He Will Rule Over You"

By The Reverend Published: July 5, 2014

Here is the original male-blames-female story.....straight out of the Judeo-Christian tradition as preserved in the Old Testament book of Genesis. I recommend reading the entire passage from Genesis 2:4 through 3:24.

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Ladies, men have been blaming you from, literally, day one. And those labor pains associated with childbirth......oh, and who your day to day boss is......well, you can thank the loving Yahweh for that.....

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

The truth of the matter is that the traditions of Judeo-Christian religion include god-ordained discrimination against women. Some might argue it is god-ordained misogyny.

So, it should come as no surprise, I guess, when five Very Serious Male Catholic Christian Justices issued a national ruling subjugating female employees to the will of male employers with sensitive religious consciences. "He will rule over you".....is, after all, an order from, you know, god.

In essence, then.....it is that invisible father-god who initiated conservative man's now multi-millenia.....yes....war on women. "God" was the original bigot....as it were.

And for Christians, there is just no escaping this conclusion. Sure, "god-is-love" slogans of rationalization may help to sand the rough edges off of the bigoted creation god.....but the bigotry remains. Sexism is part of the Judeo-Christian foundation. The Old Testament "Law Of Moses" is simply full of examples of god's war on women.

Of course, people like me know that the Bible was written by.....male human beings. Whoever god is alleged to be, all humanity has to go on is what males have said about that alleged Judeo-Christian god. Lowest common denominator here is that males have thought from the beginning...of thought....that females are around for males to rule over.

This helps in understanding how the Great Founders of exceptional America could write..."all men are created equal"....and still treat women as inferior unequals by refusing women the right to vote, own property, etc. The Founders were just following the Judeo-Christian tradition..."he will rule over you."

The singling out of contraception in the Hobby Lobby case was a prime example of how "he will rule over you" religious thinking still plays a significant role in modern America.

The Catholic Justices who ruled in favor of one male and against many women employees have their own mystical comprehension of human sexuality. Catholic theology has informed those Justices that sexual intercourse outside of marriage, or even inside of marriage if contraception is used.....offends the same god who ordered man to "rule over" the woman. Evangelical Protestants, like the owners of Hobby Lobby, say that they believe that sex outside of marriage is "sin."

In both cases, the real issue is female autonomy in matters of sexuality.

And people like Redstate.com's religionist, Erick Erickson, said as much when he tweeted after the Hobby Lobby ruling...."My religion trumps your “right” to employer subsidized consequence free sex."

Translation: 'My Christian-informed bigotry against females trumps your not-to-be-trusted libidos.'

Alternate translation: 'Females are whores by nature, therefore males must keep tight controls on them.'

It's the Adam and Eve story all over again.

The vexing problem with all this religious bigotry and misogyny is that ours is a SECULAR nation, allegedly extending "equality" to all humans, male or female. I had hoped that the fight in the 1960's and 70's to free women from the authoritarian control of males would not have to be re-fought some 40 years later.....but I was wrong. Ancient Judeo-Christian traditions of bigotry are still alive and well in 21st century America.

In the strange brew that is American evangelicalism, free and unlimited access to all forms of contraception allows women to have "consequence free sex". To misogynists like Erickson, sex is supposed to have consequences, at least for women. Those females who use contraception, therefore, are interfering with god's plan...and what is god's plan again? The male shall rule over the female.

Women need to take notice. All that women have worked for all these decades is under threat. The conservative/religious powers now arrayed against female autonomy should drive ALL women out to the polls this November. Males are, once again, trying to put women "in their proper place".....in subjugation to the will of males, as god instructed.

This new, now institutional, bigotry is being advanced and defended by one political party.....the Republican Party, the party of invasive and unnecessary trans-vaginal ultra-sounds, the party of unequal pay for women, the party trying to redefine some forms of rape as "legitimate." The Party of the Religious.

Perhaps some females enjoy being under the control of males. But for those who think freedom should be gender-blind.....it's time for you to throw the Republican misogynists out of office and re-claim your autonomy.

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