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Published on Aug 23, 2012
It is from dualistic moral philosophy and theistic doctrines that woman is formally declared by fiat as being unequal, inferior and subordinate to man including her moral inferiority to man. Even the enlightened Aristotle had his flights of irrationality when he affirmed the inherent inferiority of woman to man and the justification of human slavery:
"Also, as regards male and female, the former is superior, the latter is inferior, the male is ruler, the female is subject" (Politics Bk. 1, Ch. 4)
Religious doctrines that equate woman with evil and man with goodness established the inherent inequality of woman with man and provides the moral basis for her subordination to man. This gender inequality is affirmed again and again in various ways in both the Old and New Testaments. As early as Genesis 3:16, we witness the following: "To the woman he said: 'I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing, in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master"; and "for man did not originally spring from woman, but woman was made out of man; and man was not created for woman's sake, but woman for the sake of man." (I Corinthians 11:8-9)
The virtual human universality of these moral traditions which have preordained the fundamental inequality of woman and man - of female and male - of body and spirit - must represent the single greatest flaw in the histories of human religious morality and thus, must command the universal indictment of the world's religious which espouse these human inequalities. This inexplicable philosophical/religious moral disorder of male-female inequality has brought violence upon woman, her body, her children and the body politic of all humanity.
Until woman is affirmed as fully equal to man; has complete and autonomous control over her own body, particularly her sexual body, it will not be possible for woman to become mothers by choice and to give birth to only wanted children who are nurtured and loved - the foundation for a peaceful, harmonious and egalitarian humanity."
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. Institute of Humanistic Science San Diego, CA
Violence Against Women: Philosophical and Religious Foundations of Gender Morality