"The truth is that male religious leaders have had-and still have-an option to interpret holy teachings
either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly
chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the
pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world."- Jimmy Carter
" I love this and Jimmy Carter for saying it. But the bottom line is that I do not recognize male
religious authorities as having any say in my life. If women walked alot of these men would lose alot
of their steam and womyn recognized THEIR OWN SPIRITUAL and religious authority from within..."
And in response to others commenting(facebook)
bottom line is male dominated religions are at the very source of
Female oppression. The veils, the bodily shaming, the shame around our
menses which was OUR MOST POWERFUL TIME PSYCHICALLY where womyn by
choice bonded together spiritually in menstrual
huts...took a time out 3-5 days a month to spiritually and psychically
bond and connect with Mother Earth and guide their tribes with their
dreams and visions at this time was turned around to be a time of
shaming and uncleanness starting with Orthodox Judaism where she
couldn't even touch her husband and had to bathe in the mikveh...but the
same with Native religions if a woman was bleeding she wasn't to be
around men for fear of "dulling their spears"...i bet..so powerful was
Female Magic during our bloods that ALL of the patriarchal religions
attempt to contain that physical, spiritual and psychic Female Yoni
Power by making it something nasty and dirty and not to be spoken of.
same when a womon holds her Wise Blood inside and becomes a Crone.
Crones were even more feared..Once the Tribal Elders and Wise womyn and
healers were turned into useless and villainous older women who were
hunted down in the Witch craze during the Dark/Middle Ages....destroying
the wisdom and last remnants of our matriarchal societies and Knowing
to a deep seated fear many womyn have at truly accessing our Power at
the deepest of levels. You have Patriarchal mind numbing and soul and
spirit stifling religions to thank for that....much less the 80 million
females a year who undergo Female Genital Mutilation in the name of male dominated religion."