So yesterday I saw this meme shared yet again…
I’m writing this because I am tired of seeing this stupid meme, and equally tired of the usual rebuttals to it. Mine is simple.
I’m not interested in this being a false equivalency because nuns choose a life devoted to their god while Muslim girls are often forced to cover themselves from an early age. I don’t care about that because of the one thing this meme gets right: Religions in general do oppress women. They do in general require women to cover themselves.
So what this meme is really saying is that criticism of one particular religion is unfair because other religions also oppress women. Thus it doesn’t make the point it intends making.
Why should women be covered? Why are women who have freedom considered impure in some religions? Why do religions so often have rules about what women (especially) can or can’t do with their bodies? Why are women who are the victims of rape blamed for the transgressions of the men who rape them?
The answers to all of those questions are that the religions responsible were invented by men. Their male gods are like the patriarchal men who invented them, men thousands of years ago who had many wives as well as sex slaves, in a time when women were mere property, and rape was not a crime against a woman, but a property crime against a man.
There is nothing valid in the arguments for women to cover themselves, and any rational thinking person should not even consider debating that. Some subjects are simply not up for debate.
At the end of the day, if you argument is that you’re less wrong because other people are also wrong, you’re still fucking wrong.
To be fair, I do believe that arguments against Muslim people, rather than arguments against Islam, are wrong. You can disrespect the religion(s) while respecting the people who practice those religions. But those religions themselves are wrong. All of them.