Have you ever wondered how much time and energy women spend avoiding harassment from men? One of the largest studies conducted on sexual harassment in Europe found that almost half of the 42,000 women surveyed had restricted their freedom of movement based on the fear of gender-based violence. Half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study, a BBC survey says. Of the women who said they had been harassed, 63% said they didn’t report it to anyone, and 79% of the male victims kept it to themselves.
The story of men’s war against women is broad based, crosses all religions, societies and nations. A great part of this story revolves around men’s fear of the power of women and their sexualities. “Throughout human history, men have always had a vested interest in controlling women’s sexuality — and they’ve found many different ways to do it.”
Repression of women and their sexuality comes from ancient times but became especially pronounced when Moses broke from the Egyptian culture that sported equality between men and women with open attitudes toward sexuality to go with it. From there it was all downhill among the followers of the world’s great religions. We have witnessed much moderation since the times of women (witch) burning but now again, through Islam, we have a revival of the war against the fairer sex. More ancient Hindu religion and society never learned anything from the Egyptians and still they have to stop their obscene violence against women.
Eric Berkowitz reviews the history of sexual repression of women in an essay entitled ‘How Frightened Patriarchal Men Have Tried to Repress Women’s Sexuality Through History.’
“Nasty conservative attacks on women would have been well received in the Roman senate, the Greek agora or most halls of religious power in early Europe. To Aristotle, women’s bodies were passive receptacles for men to deposit their seed, what Sophocles called a “field to plow.” Since the key function of women was to produce children, Athenians thought it was pointless to educate them or allow them to participate in public life. Instead, they were kept in airless, womb-like inner rooms, interacting only with slaves or family. Indeed, spending too much time with women was potentially toxic to a man’s reputation. Conservatives in more recent times have lumped together feminism, sexual and reproductive freedom and abortion rights. Since the dawn of humankind, men have not only feared women’s sexuality, they have also, to a surprising extent, measured their power in terms of how effectively they could suppress the rights of women on a variety of fronts.”
“From the moment they become your equals, they will become your masters. To a Roman man, nothing could be worse than that. The move to Christianity signaled no shift away from the tradition of controlling women’s sexuality. To the Christian fathers such as Tertullian, women were the “doorway to the devil,” creatures whose burning sexual desires needed to be carefully husbanded for everyone’s safety. This belief only amplified over the years, especially during the fever dream that was the witch-hunting craze of the 16th and 17th centuries, when about 60,000 women and girls were accused of joining with the devil to harm crops, kill children and spread disease. “All witchcraft comes from carnal lust,” said a priest/prosecutor, “which is in women insatiable.” Said another witch hunter: “All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman.”
Today we have a new form of repression of women and it is sourced by western politicians who are suiciding their own cultures with multiculturalism by including Muslims into their societies who have no intention of integrating. The price being paid by women is high for this betrayal.
They pay when their flesh and souls are raped by Muslim men. They pay when these politicians and the people who follow them are concerned with their precious ideas and not at all with the suffering of women and children. There is a civilizational war starting in earnest and as usual it is the women and children who will suffer at the hands of men and that is how it has almost always been.
In a later part of this series we shall take a close look at how doctors have gotten in on this nastiness against women and children as they continue to attack them with their dangerous ideas and practices centered on childbirth, vaccines and antibiotics and lets not even get into what oncologists do to women and their breasts. Putting it mildly, there is no shortage of terror focused on women and their children and there is no shortage of people who would prefer to just put their heads in the sand like an ostrich preferring to believe, as so many everywhere do, that everything is just fine the way it is.
Though feminists have made serious changes in equal-pay legislation, marital rights, education, politics and the professions they are betraying their own cause with their silence on the brutal reality of women in Islamic countries. Feminists ignore practices they would never tolerate in their own lives.
In Muslim Turkey, women have organized Pink Buses that only they are allowed to use to escape having to sit among abusive bad mouthing men. Earlier this year, Asena Melisa Saglam was attacked onboard a minibus in Istanbul for wearing shorts during Ramadan.
Islamic law, always harsh, is still harsher for women. According to the Koran, men have "authority" over women and may beat them if they are "disobedient" (4:34). According to Mohammad, the prophet of Islam, women are less intelligent than men — two women are needed to equal one man’s testimony — and the majority of hell’s population is made up of women, who are likened to donkeys and dogs in their ability to distract a man from his prayer and thereby annul it. What, then, is Islam’s view of women who are "infidels"? They are at best "meant for one thing, the pleasure of the Muslim man."
Hirsi Ali says, “If one finds white male sexism intolerable, then one should find all male sexism just as intolerable. Excusing men of color, Muslims, immigrants or men living in non-Western societies for bad behavior toward women is an expression of the bigotry of low expectations. The result of this mindset is that Christianity is criticized for every misstep against women but Islam is protected from the glare of scrutiny.”
In the United States women are still having to fight off men and new laws are being proposed to protect women meaning they still need more protection even in a supposedly enlightened liberal society. The entire case of Harvey Weinstein is a case in point to show the hypocrisy of so called liberals. To call this man a hypocrite is to state the obvious. This champion of women is now accused of sexual harassment on an epic scale. There is no end to sexual crime stories. A village Boy Scout leader had sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Andrew Ranyard, 38, is facing jail after betraying his position of trust to molest the girl at least five times a week in hotels, the wooden scout hut, and his car.
We know that most men are not Harvey Weinstein. But in the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “…morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” Perhaps most men are not like Harvey but the sad fact is that too many men are as rape and child abuse statistics highlight.
Indifference to sexual terrorism, not only of their bodies but their beings, is to be indifferent to feelings of compassion and empathy. It is to be without heart with most people not having an iota of an idea what being vulnerable and in the heart is all about.
Recently, “Millions of women and girls around the world have identified themselves as survivors of various forms of harassment and violence, men themselves have displayed a spectrum of emotions. These range from predictable denial and minimization of the issue all the way to full-fledged expressions of empathy and a desire to — finally! — take more of a stand against pervasive misogyny. The true test of men’s commitment to the women and girls in our lives is whether we can take our empathy to the next level and actually do something to address men’s violence against women,” writes Jackson Katz is an educator, author and the co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP).
Men keep coming up new ways to abuse young women. A teenager claims internet trolls "ruined her life" by superimposing her face on pornographic messages that were shared on social media. Victoria, from Leeds, was told to "go kill yourself" on the Live.me streaming app and her home address was shared on Twitter as a "house to burgle". We hear that female assistants working in the French parliament kept a verbal blacklist of MPs whom they regarded as sexual predators. The women warned each other about certain MPs over lunch or during coffee breaks.
If Christians want to see how their religion has denigrated women just watch this video about Mary Magdalene. We all can look at our rigidity of thought and belief when it comes to looking at how others en mass have falsely believe Mary to being a prostitute instead of being one of the most important women to ever walk the earth, as was Jesus. Was no mistake that they were together!
All the world’s major religions attack human sexuality, none want it to get out of hand so it is strictly controlled by fundamentalists and just about everyone else to one degree or another. Religions have done much of their dirty work by dividing the sexes putting the feminine principle down and they do that in part by making sexual acts crimes punishable by death. One is not serious in a fundamental way about religion if you do not buy religions fundamental code, which is very clear about the crimes of sexuality.
Dr. James W. Prescott contends that the greatest threat to world peace comes from those nations that have the most depriving environments for their children and that are most repressive of sexual affection and female sexuality.
“The association of sex with violence provides a clue to understanding physical violence in terms of deprivation of physical pleasure. Unlike violence, pleasure seems to be something the world can’t get enough of. People are constantly in search of new forms of pleasure, yet most of our “pleasure” activities appear to be substitutes for the natural sensory pleasures of touching. We touch for pleasure or for pain or we don’t touch at all. Although physical pleasure and physical violence seem worlds apart, there seems to be a subtle and intimate connection between the two. Until the relationship between pleasure and violence is understood, violence will continue to escalate.”
“As a developmental neuropsychologist I have devoted a great deal of study to the peculiar relationship between violence and pleasure. I am now convinced that the deprivation of physical sensory pleasure is the principal root cause of violence.”