Isn't all religion oppressive for women?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Isn't all religion oppressive for women?
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 9:54am

In the past few years I've begun to question my own religion and reasons why anyone would believe some of the things we've been told. In fact, I now question all major religions in this world because they are all oppressive for women. We clearly are not inferior to men so why do we allow ourselves to be forced to shut up, cover up, do without, do it all, and suffer silently?

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Registered: 03-09-2001
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 7:36pm

If you live in a country that supports full civil and human rights like the United States (theoretically, but often subverted depending on where you live or under what religion's dictates you choose to subject yourself), many Western or first world countries, you have free choice. You do not live under a totalitarian theocracy that forces religion as well as political domination on its citizens. If you live in a country that does do this, like some in the Middle East, or in countries like China, that is anti-religions yet still a totalitarian gov't with greatly reduced civil & human rights, than you don't have the freedoms of choice, necessarily. Not to seek higher education, have a career, even drive or leave your home on your own, let alone have reproductive choices.

Generally the fundamentalist versions of *all* religions tend to be much more extreme, and unfortunately, very patriarchal, even misogynistic. If you live in a country that supports freedom of religion for its citizens, then you can choose. But you have to exert your own right to do so. That's not always an easy thing to do ... to oppose family or your culture to be free to choose. But there *are* versions of many religions that *have* evolved beyond domination of women. They are out there. You just have to search. :)