I was watching the VICE videos from inside ISIS controlled territory and struck by one thing. Well, among other things. I was struck by the complete lack of women. Anytime men are allowed to control anything – religion, power or the remote – they do terrible, inane or plain dumb stuff with it. Same goes for women having complete control of anything (does that happen?). God gave us two sexes for a reason, not just that we could procreate but that we could balance each other’s idiocy.
I like Islam in the sense that my Islamic friends are pretty cool and I appreciate what I’ve read of the Koran. I don’t like, however, the fact that women can’t and don’t pray with men and can’t lead prayer. Same goes for the Catholic Church on the latter. I find it simply incomprehensible that God would favor one lot of us based on our genitalia. I mean, peeing upright is amazing, but I don’t think it brings me any closer to God.
Leaving men to run government and religion alone leads, I think, to more violent versions of both. Not that women aren’t violent or that women can’t lead wars but they are a bit less violent and they do naturally have a bit more invested in protecting children and the weak and general stability. Plus it’s just 50% of your population that you’re not using for really important social functions, which I think is madness.
As far as I know the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) emerged with the support of a strong woman, the wealthy Khadijah, and his message was carried on by the intelligent Aisha. I really don’t think that Islam is naturally hostile to women.
I do think, however, that men are naturally hostile to women, and given control of X they’ll use it to justify what they were feeling anyways. Not that men are naturally bad, we are stronger than women and there are years of evolution supporting us being violent dicks. I mean, it works. Genghis Khan anyone?
That said, our social evolution has progressed a lot faster than our natural one and even though men can still beat women in a fight, we try not to resolve things that way anymore. Except of course for the big questions, which we do resolve by fighting like damn apes, but we recognize that this is bad and we’re trying to reduce it more and more.
On most days it’s not a good way to prosper and grow and we recognize that in word if not in deed. Which is why I think it is so important to have women in positions of power. They both hasten our progress towards a less violent society and benefit from that sort of society. In many ways the empowerment of women is tied with economic and social progress for everyone. As, again, it obviously would be because you’re unleashing a neglected 50% of your human capital.
This is what makes ISIS such an atavistic thing. They call themselves a caliphate, but they’re really a return to the lawlessness and thuggery that pre-dated Muhammed. It’s a step back in everything and one obvious way is that 50% of the population is hidden from view.
what a bunch of jack-asses