Most of us have probably seen a hijab (the headscarf), but I doubt too many people have seen the full burqa which is shown here in a photo from Afghanistan.
You can’t tell really what is wrong with hijab just by looking at it, but with the burqa it’s obvious. This clothing says quite clearly that the female body must be covered up out of shame. Even the small slit made for seeing out must be hatched fabric.
The disgust for the female body is something that precedes the religions of today. Can you imagine what menstruation and childbirth were like in ancient times?
It isn’t just prevalent in the Abrahamic religions, it also happened in Eastern religions. Both Jesus and Buddha were born from virgins. Muhammad married the virgin Aisha when she was 9 years old.
Virginity has long been associated with purity and cleanliness, and so religion took from this rather than created it. In Leviticus 15:19-23 it states that for 7 days during the menstrual period of a woman, they are ‘unclean’. There is also 7 days of uncleanliness for childbirth (Leviticus 12:1-4), and interestingly in the lines after that it says that if the child is a female, then a further 7 days are added.
Women are still viewed as ‘unclean’ because of religion which wants to keep us at one point in the past. The Koran or Bible cannot be superceeded by any new knowledge we discover, because it is infallible truth. In order for humanity to progress, these religions must go.
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