Now we all know that genders are characterized as either feminine or masculine but have you ever heard of a masculist? Is there any such thing as masculism. What about pre-, or post- masculism? Once again we have an example that our culture has one "significant" gender. It is the standard, so it neither requires nor needs modifiers.
Over the weekend, this gender again met in large numbers in our capital, embraced and cosseted by our media. Women were not invited nor were they allowed to participate. Exclusion of women is what this men's group is all about. Hardly ever a discouraging word is said against them, even though there are those of authority and experience, who are highly critical of the Promise Keepers -- and for good reason.
Oh, the media does show us a small bunch of scruffy women protesting with signs, but this is only to denigrate and dismiss the opposition to the PKs. My-Oh-My, why should any woman, any person, object to men getting together to take responsibility, to become better husbands, better fathers and better citizens? Why should anyone object when the wives of these men are quite pleased to submit to men since "...the bible tells them so ..."
If that were the PKs' agenda, the answer would be that no one should object, but that is not the "Political-Kop's" agenda. This movement declares that men are the superior sex and that the inferior sex, women, should be ruled by them. They further insist that this is not just their idea, it is God's! God has written all this and they are just obeying the will of God and that women should do likewise.
Let's look at a couple of other "wills of God."
|One going on right now in Afghanistan is a doozy. A cadre of the "superior gender" are beating up and killing any person in the country that does not or will not obey God's (Allah's) will as they define it. Men must wear long beards and attend prayers at set times, they cannot play sports in shorts, but must be fully clothed. Women, on the other hand, may not appear in public at all unless necessary and even then, must be completely covered from head to toe. Their fathers or husbands have complete control over them. They are not allowed to hold jobs or attend university. Young female children are not allowed to attend school. Females are not allowed in hospitals and any infraction of the rules set up by these Muslim "Political Kops," may result in severe beatings, even to death.|
Not too many years ago, right here in the good old U.S. of America, a similar will of God was enforced. This particular defining of God's word, the bible, declared that the black race was inferior to the white race and that the blacks should be kept as slaves. There were penalties if anyone even attempted to teach a person of the black race to read and write! Even after the Civil war, many still called forth the Will of God to defend how they cruelly mistreated a whole race. Did you see the films recently shown on T.V. news depicting the black children who were the first to be integrated into the white, Little Rock, Arkansas schools? Did you cringe along with us as you saw that woman following a young black girl -- a woman whose face was contorted with hatred -- a woman who was "just doing God's will!"
Even now, this race hatred, believed to be supported by the bible, is alive and well in such organizations as the Klu Klux Klan, the American Nazis and many of the militia groups.
History has taught us what happens when one race exerts superiority over another, so why can't we see the danger when one gender is once again encouraged to demand submission of the other and to enforce this submission with violence? What effect will that have on a culture which is already permissive toward rape and other forms of violence against women? The self-defined woman knows because she is free. The ancient memories of the cruel subjugation of our ForeMothers runs deep and strong in our genes.
remember that IT ALREADY HAS.
What makes PK so dangerous is its hidden agenda, especially its affiliation with a political party, to change our Constitution, which now defends us with a mandated separation between church and state. What makes it a stealth-terrorist movement is that many women are not yet aware of the danger and are supporting this political/religious cult.
We hold that a person's religion should be protected as should her right to practice it. When a mob attempts to inflict its religious beliefs on everyone, it is morally wrong. When it excludes women because it considers them inferiors, it is mortally dangerous.
Copyright 1997 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished for noncommercial use only, provided that they are copied intact, and that this copyright notice is attached. Address all queries to: TWANDA@ConnRiver.net.
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