"Women are Treated More Equally in Countries That are Atheistic"

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:32
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Jimmy Carter made some powerful statements on how religion is used to subjugate women:

“The most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls . . . largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime in the United States.”

Carter and his wife, Roselyn have traveled to 145 countries and have seen first-hand how poorly women are treated in different regions throughout the world. Carter has even remarked that:

“women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.”' --

I love this man...he's religious but unafraid to call out injustice, understanding that religion is used to deny women equal rights.

He could spend his days jetting to exotic locations but instead spends his time trying to make the world a better place for women and girls.  Best President ever...

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Really?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:27

Abusers abuse and oppressors opress. They use the tools available to them, corrupting whatever polictical or religious organisations that are available. Since developing countries are by and large more religious than developed countries all Carter is saying is that women have better rights in the wealthier part of the world than women in the developing world. But even in the very poor, developing world it's dangerous to generalise.

Bhutan is an intensely Buddhist country east of Nepal sandwiched between China and India. It is very much an underdeveloped country, very poor and very religious.

The property of each extended Bhutanese family is controlled by an
“anchor mother” who is assisted by the other women of the family in
running affairs. As she becomes unable to manage the property, the
position of anchor mother passes on to a sister, daughter or niece. Traditionally on marriage the groom moves to the bride’s family home
(matrilocality), but newlyweds may decide to live with either family
depending on which household is most in need of labour.

Men and women work together in the fields, and both may own small shops
or businesses. Men take a full part in household management, often cook,
and are traditionally the makers and repairers of clothing (but traditionally do not
weave the fabric). Both genders may be monks, although in practice the number
of female monks is relatively small. In the towns, a more “western” pattern of family structure is now beginning to emerge, with the husband as breadwinner and the wife as home-maker.

Historically, the practice of polyandry was not uncommon with one woman having two
husbands. This could be seen as a very practical response  to a way of life where yak herds would spend Winter in the valley near the farmstead but be taken up into the mountains for six months of the year. One husband would travel with the herd and the other would help farm the land.

Marriages are at the will of either party and divorce is not uncommon. Neither marriage nor divorce/separation is regarded as an especially important rite of passage. Blessings etc from the priests are not essential. The ceremony itself consists of an exchange of white scarves and the sharing of a cup though marriages can only be officially registered when the couple has lived together for more than six months.

The concept of “living in sin” is entirely unkown and unexplainable – the idea caused total bafflement.

Buddhism in Bhutan is dominated by their patron saint Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman, their patron saint, a man who really did drink and screw his way around the mountains. He was a wandering ascetic, combining religion with sex and drink.

He was described as carrying his “divine thunderbolt” his penis with him wherever he went, penetrating the mysteries of life and many willing women, using it to subdue a number of demonesses into submission, into becoming powerful protectresses. His rude stories and extreme drunkeness were interspersed with words of wisdom,  how to
escape the vicious circle of samsara (birth, death, rebirth).

What would life be like if our own prophets, our messiah were known for their sense of humour? Suppose your patron saint was famous as the man who drank and fucked his way around the country? When we talk about the greatest commandment, “Love your God… love your neighbour as yourself”the Bhutanese might well imagine it being said in a much more literal fashion.

And the people of Bhutan still love their saint. Houses in Bhutan are painted with huge, glorious phallusses, erect, ejaculating penises everywhere you look.

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