in today’s “Bad Policy” and “White Jesus be Trippin” news….
I am hoping that this article will once and for all Prove that religious dogma is the greatest oppressor of women ever. Hey, we don’t mind if you love the Lord…but do you have to willingly submit to the crazy rules written by MEN to silence women?
Most men in these days and times who have daughters would (we think) want them to be strong minded independent and happy – not miserable silent and frankly…as Yahweh would have it …just a piece of meat for a man’s pleasure.
Don’t believe us? Well take a look for yourself and you be the judge. The proof is both in written form an pictorial (for the slow people in the back).
And we swear, the next time a woman tries to Bible thump with us – We WILL hold her to the literal standards of the belief. Deuteronomy & Leviticus ALONE should be read to all little girls as a bedtime horror story, more frightening than Freddie, Jason and the Candy Man all rolled into one.
What? I will be beheaded if I eat shrimp? (they will be ALOT of dead Black women at the Friday fish-fry – Don’t be sensitive – I’m Black, and I said it)
What? I can’t shave under my arms?
What? I have to kill my best friend because she is a Baptist and not a Jew? But doesn’t that mean I have to kill myself if I’m Catholic? WTF?
You get the idea…You can’t just believe in something when it’s convenient.
Shouts out to the good people over at unreasonable faith for putting it into a compact list for your reading pleasure:
Probably the most common form of marriage in the bible, it is where a man has more than one wife.
When a woman was widowed without a son, it became the responsibility of the brother-in-law or a close male relative to take her in and impregnate her. If the resulting child was a son, he would be considered the heir of her late husband. See Ruth, and the story of Onan (Gen. 38:6-10).
A man, a woman and her property — a female slave
The famous “handmaiden” sketch, as preformed by Abraham (Gen. 16:1-6) and Jacob (Gen. 30:4-5).
A man, one or more wives, and some concubines
The definition of a concubine varies from culture to culture, but they tended to be live-in mistresses. Concubines were tied to their “husband,” but had a lower status than a wife. Their children were not usually heirs, so they were safe outlets for sex without risking the line of succession. To see how badly a concubine could be treated, see the famous story of the Levite and his concubine (Judges 19:1-30).
A male soldier and a female prisoner of war
Women could be taken as booty from a successful campaign and forced to become wives or concubines. Deuteronomy 21:11-14 describes the process.
A male rapist and his victim
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 describes how an unmarried woman who had been raped must marry her attacker.
A male and female slave
A female slave could be married to a male slave without consent, presumably to produce more slaves.
and of course …
Monogamous, heterosexual marriage
What you might think of as the standard form of marriage, provided you think of arranged marriages as the standard. Also remember that inter-faith or cross-ethnic marriage were forbidden for large chunks of biblical history.