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Sexism in the Torah (Jews)
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Sacrifice date 25 march 2009
Sexism in the Torah (Jews)
Sexism is quite rampant in the Torah, considering the Hebrews were once
a very chauvinistic society when it was written. As a feminist, I find
it my duty to site the following verses and remind fellow women of the
sexist pig they are told to worship. I can not possibly list all of the
injustices that the Torah mentions. Everything from the story of Lilith
(who was booted out of Eden for having dominant sex with Adam) to how
women are blamed for the fall from grace. I had to settle for merely presenting
a sample list for Peter as of right now and I shall add more verses as
I thumb threw the Pentateuch a second time.
Genesis 3:16 Says that all women must suffer great pains during child
birth due to Eve eating the fruit of knowledge. (As if it is somehow just
that humans should pay for their ancestor's sins nor is a woman dying
in labor some how befitting of a crime she did not commit.) The verse
finishes of by saying a husband shall "rule" over his woman,
stripping us off all power in between the sexes.
Genesis 19:8 Tells of a man named Lot who offers his daughters to a crowd
of would be angel rapers. Later, Lot impregnates his own daughters after
God kills his wife for simply looking back at the remains of her city.
Genesis 38:16-24 Tells a very interesting story of a man named Judah
whom lived with his widowed daughter in law. His daughter in law was grieving
and wearing the veils of mourning which Judah (a rather stupid man) mistook
for the clothing of a prostitute. He ended up impregnating his daughter
in law and she left the city. On a later date Judah sees the young woman
again and demanded she be burned for being a prostitute (I like how only
the woman is punished when THEY BOTH engaged in the sexual act). It wasn't
until Judah recognized the woman as his daughter in law and she was with
his child, that he decided not to kill her. Basically, Judah can commit
incest, use a prostitute (in his mistaken perception), and impregnate
a MUCH younger woman, yet he thinks she is the one deserving of death.
Exodus 21:3-4 Says that if a male slave is given a wife by his master
(regardless of how long they are wed, how much they love each other or
if they have kids) he can not leave servanthood with his wife or children.
The woman and children are merely property of the master and their personal
happiness or sanctity of family doesn't matter.
Exodus 21:7 God not only sanctions selling ones daughter into slavery,
but he also gives out laws on how it should be done.
Exodus 21:10 God ordains men taking several wives and even sets up laws
as to how multiple wives should be handled.
Leviticus 12:1-8 Explains that a woman has to be purified after giving
birth because she is "unclean". It goes on to say that birthing
a male is cleaner then birthing a female, hence a mother must purify TWICE
as long when having a daughter. This is BLATANT sexism from the point
of birth. A woman is dirty simply for being a woman; this is obviously
very biased and chauvinistic.
Leviticus 15:19-30 Explains that a woman having her menstruation must
be avoided to the point of not even touching what she has touched. It
is quite curious that women are punished for simply having a biological
function that "God" claims to have created. What is so just
about vilifying what you created?
Leviticus 18:19 Goes onto say that even LOOKING at a menstruating woman
Leviticus 19:20 Says that if a man has sex with a slave or betrothed
woman he must then "scourge" her. Scourging is a term for a
severe flogging or whipping. I find it quite curious that the woman shall
be punished to the point of a beating for such an occurrence, yet the
man gets to go free for the deed.
Leviticus 21:9 Explains that unchaste daughters of priests must be burnt
to death. What about his unchaste sons? Of course this isn't even answered
in the Torah, we are to assume yet again that men have the power to do
as they wish and a woman must suffer the punishment for BOTH of them.
Leviticus 27:3-7 God places a dollar value on human life; with women
worth less than men.
Numbers 1:2 Is the basis for the sexism that remains rampant today. In
this verse Moses takes a poll of all the men who are able to fight in
war, women aren't even counted in the census. Apparently back then, just
like today, us women are considered the weaker species and unable to battle.
(Let's not forget that during the time the Pentateuch was written women
in Pagan cultures were FEARED and revered as the more powerful species.
It is because of this patriarchal religion and it's offshoots that we
have been reduced to cowering sub-humans.)
Numbers 30:3-16 A woman can't make a vow unless her husband allows it.
Numbers 31: 14-18 Moses tells his men to kill all the males, non-virginal
women, elderly and children of the Midianite tribe. Of course, the virgin
women are kept for raping. Ifyou read later down in the scripture God
states that the Jews can not even marry a midianite woman (with exception
to Moses). Hence these women who were captured were repeatedly raped and
impregnated and they weren't even allowed a marrital status in which to
Deuteronomy 20:13-15 Kill all the men and boys in the cities that God
"delivers into your hands," but keep the women for raping.
Deuteronomy 21:11-14 If you see a pretty woman among the captives then
just take her home and "go in unto her."
Deuteronomy 22:5 Women that wear men's clothing are an "abomination
unto the Lord."
Deuteronomy 22:13-22 Women, be sure to keep the tokens of your virginity.
Otherwise the men of your city may stone you to death. This does not apply
to men though, of course. What is interesting to note here is the actual
wording, it says : "that if a man hateth his wife he may say she
did not have the tokens of her virginity". Since there is no way
a woman can truly prove she had a hymen upon marriage the word rests on
the husband and she can be disposed of simply when he tires of her.
Deuteronomy 22:23-24 is one of the most cruel and sexist passages of
the Torah. It says that women who are raped and fail to "cry out
loud" in a populated area are most likely enjoying the attack should
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 A rapist must buy his victim from her father for
50 shekels. Is this supposed to be some type of retribution? What about
the victim here, what if she doesn't want to marry a pig who raped her?
All that matters is her father receives payment for his "property".
Deuteronomy 25:11-12 Says that we must cut off a woman's hand if she
touches the "secrets" of a man who is fighting with her husband
thine eye shall not pity her." Once again, there is no punishment
for the man she touched, only the woman.
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