The spinster aunt doesn’t give a flip about the corny-ass sacred texts of the world’s great religions. This is because the world’s great religions without exception do double-duty as the world’s great repositories of misogyny. And also because belief, without exception, subverts truth. Take, for example, the habit of godbags to dress women in bags and keep them locked out of the public eye, supposedly in order to prevent dudes from thinking impure thoughts. The habit of blaming women for dude’s impure thoughts is not limited to godbags, of course, but that’s another post.
As the world’s leading expert on comparative religion, I am hard-pressed to come up with an example of an orthodoxy that doesn’t blame women for all men’s failings. So, when banned-for-life blamer Mar Iguana sent in this link I was intrigued. It’s an opinion piece in the New York Times on the subject of the Talmud and an interpretation of same that suggests dudes knock if off already with the leering and ogling, rather than spit on little kids who aren’t dressed “modestly” enough.
It seems, then, that a religious tenet that begins with men’s sexual thoughts ends with men controlling women’s bodies. This is not a problem unique to Judaism. But the Talmud, the basis for Jewish law, offers a perhaps surprising answer: It places the responsibility for controlling men’s licentious thoughts about women squarely on the men. Put more plainly, the Talmud says: It’s your problem, sir; not hers.
For the convenience of those who, like me, have already blown through their New York Times access points for the month, banned-for-life blamer Mar Iguana stole the whole article and included it in her comment, here.
Enjoy. Auntliness requires my attention to matters other than patriarchy blaming just now.