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Arianrhod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-04 02:56 PM
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83. "For all of recorded history!" ... Simply not true.
Many ancient cultures held women in high esteem. My own exalted and highly enlightened ancestors, the European Celts, gave women full equality with men in many of their tribes. (There doesn't seem to have been one single people that could be called "Celts". Their culture was spread out from the Danube to Glastonbury, and their social systems varied a bit.) In some, a man could not be crowned king until the High Priestess gave him her blessing. There are graves in which honored warrior chiefs were buried, with full regalia and weapons laid out in ceremonial patterns around the bones. It wasn't until some time into the research that the archeologists discovered that these were women.

Christian society, OTOH, has always denigrated women. From the story of Adam and Eve all the way to Paul's shuddering revulsion in 1 Corinthians 7 ("It is good for a man never to touch a woman"; "It is better to marry than to burn"), the Bible is no champion of women's rights, and sees them as little more than useful for reproduction and releasing men's overwhelming needs. (Seems that even being filled with the Spirit of God cannot cool these fires!) While Christians on here may protest this interpretation, I would remind them that they are speaking from a more enlightened age, and that this is the interpretation to be found in centuries of Church writings, from Augustine to Luther. (Luther was, in fact, a notorious misogynist. His statement, "If a woman dies in childbirth, it is of no consequence; it is what she is here for" is, to me, one of the coldest pronouncements ever made by a "holy" man.) That they, personally, do not adhere to this view is more a function of their own goodness than it is a recognition of Church history.

I think women are feared because of their intense sexual power over men.
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