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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading..............., 27 Aug 2009
This review is from: Does God Hate Women? (Hardcover)
for all those women who don't bother to vote and every teenaged girl in the country. A lot of men could benefit from it too - it might have the same revelatory effect as Edward Shorter's "A History of Women's Bodies" had on my father when he snaffled my copy.

A cogent assessment of the iniquities visited on women in the name of religion over large parts of the globe and in some instances here. A rational, reasoned argument which carries infinitely more weight than the snide diatribes of Hitchens and the slight sense of hysteria one gets from Dawkins.

Things have moved on considerably in my lifetime but anyone who has ever been asked to get their father to guarantee a bank loan or whose mother had to get her husband to approve a credit agreement or who was at one time ineligible for a mortgage because she was female will recognise that these were only watered down versions of the mysogyny inculcated by religion.

We should all remember that things can regress as well as progress, and value and protect the freedoms we now enjoy. They could so easily be revoked as the patriarchal religions fight their rearguard action. I happened in Germany in the 30s and has happened more recently in Egypt - the price of freedom is eternal vigilance - the more so for women. We can never take it for granted.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2012 16:58:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Feb 2012 16:59:43 GMT
Onora says:
Your review is accurate. Gender inequality is blatantly evident in Islam and Biblical Christianity which always provoked me to question the latter faith as I was familiarised with it. I find it incredible and disturbing that many women still want to adhere to any faith which labels them as 'unclean' and inferior' to men, yet fail to apply the socratic approach to it. Perhaps it could be argued that they cooperate in their own subordination.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 04:07:11 BDT
Neutral says:
The review and your response are both inaccurate. Either I'm a lot younger than Joyeuse or she's lived in a different community than myself. As for your interpretation of Christianity I can only assume you haven't had the experience of applying faith in the modern world. FGM is a serious issue but blaming religion is a cop out from rational discussion.
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