SOME CULTURES STILL HURT WOMEN AND PUNISH THEM FOR EVE
AS A FIRST LADY OF SIN
“Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.”
I still dream about the world where Matthew Henry’s quote regarding the importance of women will be accepted, embraced and fully respected in daily life. Everywhere. Sadly, the global news are bursting with pictures of hell on the Earth for women in societies which have never forgotten the first sin and they still blame women for Eve’s curiosity. It is interesting that those societies believe that Eve was so sexual greedy and that she was responsible for her and Adam being sent out of the Garden of Eden but the truth is, at least according to the Bible, that they weren’t punished for sexual pleasures because they were allowed to do it, but for disobeying God and doing what they wanted.Instead of listening to God, they listened Satan.Eve’s only sin could have been found in having spirit of enquiry when that was considered as a ticket out of heaven.
However we look at it, this story is frozen in the time and modified through the cultural and religious frameworks, and it seems that everyone can take the Eve out of pocket of misogyny and punish women for something which would being advantage today.Modern societies live free from barbaric memories and accusations but the primitive still hold the grudge against the women and their rights to be happy in this world. Regrettably, they do not interpret the religion in the way they should so they only pick up what they can use and abuse as an excuse of brutal crimes against women, and sometimes they even don’t try to find excuse. They do not need them because none can question them.Silent societies. Women mean nothing in those societies. Only womb.Uterus for a new baby. Sex is permissible for a breeding not for a pleasure. Women don’t need clitoris. Clitoris will be removed.Women wont be tempted by Satan. End of the story.The biggest misogyny ever is detected in some majority Muslim countries and it is the concern of female rights activists and feminists who are trying to enforce the international community’s efforts to stop it or to reduce it, by education as a preventive method and by legal punishments after the crime is made.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female genital cutting is the ritual removal of some or all of female external genitalia. The process is lead without or very rare with anesthesia, by blade. The goal is to defect woman’s possibility for sexual desire before marriage is arranged or to stop her being interested in adultery when marriage is made. It depends when this brutal crime is organized but it is happening mostly when the girl is 15 but there are evidences about many cuts when the girls are only 5. The FGM has no the same image. Country’s tradition and religion feelings determine the FGM importance and its steps. The most terrible FGM crimes against young female children are made in African countries, which could be seen through the local primitive customs mixed with religions. Nevertheless, The Middle East and some parts of Asia are also fighting the battle with these tribal remnants of demolishing woman’s sexuality and her whole life.If they don’t bleed to death or get infection and somehow survive, they are mentally and sexually damaged forever. There were cases that many women later face up with sterility and, especially in men-ruled societies, they are again punished and they are paying for that barbaric ritual by being left and rejected. Those females never get rid of the feeling that they are half-women and that their life is not equal as the man’s life and role in those social systems. Psychologists who research this horror phenomena agree on the level that this shameful mutilation change the life not only of those young females but also the life of the whole generations because that evil curse goes from mother to daughter and it never stops for years.It is officially forbidden in the countries it occurs but it exists in the shadow of the weak law universe when it comes to the matter of female’s issues in the male’s world.It was stated that FGM has nothing to do with religion as it has with traditional culture. Then, some studies on the Middle East shows that FGM is very close to the interpretation of religion and abuse of the same regarding many things, by so called religious authorities. But, again, it also happens in non-Muslim societies and it could be only explained by local dark rules for women and their desires. It is remarked in the North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Levant and also the Arabian Peninsula. Human rights workers who spend years in searching for tracks of FGM believe that the Middle East is especially endangered by FGM practice in the Iraqi Kurdistan , in the Garmian region where local Kurds are implementing the Sunna circumcision:”Midwives often perform the operation with unsterilized instruments or even broken glass and without anesthesia on girls four to twelve years old. The extent of mutilation depends on the experience of the midwife and the luck of the girl. The wound is then treated with ash or mud with the girls then forced to sit in a bucket of iced water. Many Kurdish girls die, and others suffer chronic pain, infection, and infertility. Many say they suffer symptoms consistent with posttraumatic stress disorder syndrome” This is not only the Kurdish problem, the same or almost the same has been found in Saudi Arabia and in Yemen but the root of this evil is definitely Africa. The common belief that the western civilization has no sins about this mutilation is also the sign of ignorance. It is enough to open many historical books from the 19-th century in Europe and in the USA and to discover that this crime against women was one of the most practiced by many English gynecologist who claimed that clitoridectomy is a cure for nymphomania and insanity. Not only that they strongly believed they help the women to get rid of hysteria, they were directly responsible for pushing many women into madness and death. The modern Christianity is ashamed for this barbaric method and analyzing the Islamic response on this, we must see that the modern Islam tries to find itself somewhere in between barbaric rule and obeying the God.Islam admits that male circumcision is strictly Muslim tradition which is not described in Qur’an but it is approved by Prophet Mohammed. Something here must be better explained: everything what is not prohibited by Qur’an is allowed. That applies on many pre-Islamic traditions what haven’t been destroyed by new religion but rather tolerated in daily practice or only modified according to the Islamic demands and here is the states of one Islamic thinker:”Although there is no reference to circumcision at all in the Qur’an, there is a well-established tradition of male circumcision in Islam as a ‘sunnah’ act. In the Abrahamic tradition this act is understood as a fulfillment of a covenant with God, but there are numerous health reasons for the practice. There is no mandate at all for female circumcision, however, neither in the Qur’an, the traditional reports (called hadith), nor medical theory.It follows that Islamic law prohibits clitorodectomy (partial or complete removal of the clitoris) or infibulation (excision of part or all of the external genitalia and stitching/narrowing of the vaginal opening), or any genital mutilation which impairs the woman’s ability to enjoy sexual relations. Such prohibitions are consistent with the hadithic warning against severity in female circumcision.” Excellent. Now we can be sure that official religion doesn’t approve this but it doesn’t prohibit either. The similar response is from other two religions:Christianity and Judaism. The both deny any participation of the religion in this cult of hurting females.Guardian journalist came out with the information that Ethiopians Jews were caught making this act of savagery but, again, this is not the influence of Judaism at all. This is a local tradition what has been accepted by ethnic community of Jews who live there and who demolished their women not because Judaism says so but because they love to do what local shaman’s primitive cult says. Judaism, as well as Christianity and Islam, believes that this form of violence is against God too.
Though the strict responses of all of 3 monotheistic religions and their rejecting of even taking into the consideration the FGM problem as a problem of religion, the female genital mutilation exists today and it hurts million of women all over the world.According to the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM statistic, more than 44 million of girls aged of 14 or even younger are suffered from this type of violence and the half of all FGM victims are located in Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia. The scaring information come also from Somalia, Guinea, Sudan, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali,Djibouti, Sierra Leone and many other developing African countries where local tradition overpowered the religions or merged silently with them against women.
The female genital mutilation is not the problem of Islam, Christianity or Judaism. It is a problem of backwards societies what search for excuses for their rituals and hiding behind the indifference of religions. One more crime against the woman’s sexuality and her right to find pleasures in this earth life. There is no religion or any cult which can forbid that or limit it. The times of being afraid from God and His revenge are behind us. God is pleased when people are happy. Everything opposite of it is a worshiping of Satan, in terms of faith. Above all, women deserve to be happy and pleased. They are God’s children too. They are also wives and mothers.Not only wombs. They are souls.