I curiously listen to the chatter as to who is “earning” the woman’s vote. Personally? I don’t see the issue. The candidate that is truly and sincerely seeking the woman’s vote is the one who is strong enough to openly, publicly, during a debate or Townhall gathering, on the street corner of any city in any state, Blue or Red, stand and loudly, without reservation, proclaim the long debunk Patriarchal Social System dead and buried, loudly, openly and publicly, without reservation, stand and proclaim the misogynistic church’s influence over our government dead, stand and loudly, openly and publicly, without reservation, proclaim all women emqancipated, equal under the Constitution of this country, especially under the 14th Amendment. In “freeing” women, in liberating over half of the American workforce from senseless subjugation and repression, they can then, and only then, proclaim themselves as pro-woman. Until that happens, they’re just playing centuries old political games: appease her, compliment her, use her, then push her aside. So, let’s see which candidate has the courage to stand up against the misogynistic right, the courage to stand tall for the the American woman.q
First, please accept a truly sincere and heart felt apology, an apology offered on behalf of all teachers who had opportunity (responsibility?) to instill upon you truths and factual information regarding this society we were tasked with preparing you for, to not only exist within, but assume leadership of. We all had opportunity, but so many of us failed you by feeding you instead, false, distorted, exaggerated, and far too often, straight out lies. We denied you the education that would have, should have sent you forth fully informed, totally aware, with the foundational knowledgeable every American requires, is entitled to. Had we provided you this knowledge, you would have left us with a better understanding of not only the opportunities and challenges, but dangers and social obstacles you are surely encountering today. Young ladies, you especially were duped. Sadly, you were simply prepared for a life of servitude to a Master, whether that be a corporate master, or domestic master, or both. You see, America’s educational system is designed to produce a particular citizen. That’s why it didn’t matter that some of your classmates could not read very well, if at all, on graduation; or, if they could perform basic math. As long as they put in the seat time, and you know exactly what I’m talking about, and “earned” their credits; as long as they received a diploma, worthless that it was, they were sufficiently prepared to enter the all important work force. Our public education system excels only at producing laborers for corporate giants. What I’m trying to explain is, instead of serving you, instead of ensuring your future through providing you a sound, meaningful education, we served a political/corporate establishment that dictates you be prepared for continued social manipulation and continued subjugation; for in being such, you assure their future. And today, in part due to our failure, you face decades of continued servitude to that corporate establishment, and continued subjugation under that government. Now, before moving on, I will interject this, while we were the teachers of record, we were only in compliance with state mandated curricula, and in many cases federal mandates. This is not an excuse for our failure, only a statement of fact. Still, and despite the compliance issue, we could have interjected enough to properly and effectively guide and direct you. We, cannot shirk the blame that is ours to bear; we need to acknowledge and accept our part in the injustice done each and every one of you. Well, let me restate part of that; you do in fact face continued servitude to corporate giants, but you don’t have to endure it. You see, you only have to say enough is enough to the current social structure, where the top 1% controls you. And, you can enough is enough to the current social structure that clings to the belief that man is in charge. Incidentally, the latter is known as the Patriarchal Social System, just one of those critical points we failed to teach you about, at least properly. You can say enough is enough to all, and say yes to a new social order that acknowledges this country as a multicultural nation, affording each of those cultures respect, acknowledges that gender equally is not negotiable, especially when it pertains to employment and pay and personal health. A new social order under which all citizens are protected under our Constitution. Ah, the Constitution! Another important point not properly and thoroughly covered in class. You see, the Constitution when written, did not include slaves; maybe your Government teacher touched on that point, but probably didn’t mention that, at that point in time, women were considered slaves, both by government and the church. That’s why today women are not entitled to equal pay; that’s why today, women are not included under the Constitution, especially the 14th Amendment. That’s why today, a woman is still subjugated, humiliated, degraded, mutilated and murdered, by her men, by her government, and by her clerics. You see, the church calls women (yes, calls, present tense) the very gateway to hell; a thing God does not, will never acknowledge. Now, before you take those words to heart, please listen to this. The men who wrote those, and many, many like derogatory comments about women, historically, and continue to write them today, were/are frustrated, misogynists. Kooks. Sociopaths. Delusional creeps. So, their comments, all of them, are of course meaningless. Sadly, and here’s where the danger factor comes in, other psychopaths do listen and believe these words. These are the men, the politicians, the clerics who hurt women, degrade and humiliate women, who abuse, beat, and murder women. I keep including politicians, and I will continue to include them throughout this letter, only because politicians (at least far to many of them) are in bed with the clerics as far as subjugating and demoralizing women. It’s the politicians who write and pass the legislation that denies women human and civil rights. It’s the politicians who wrote the legislation that dictated what size stick a man could beat women with, and where he could place his blows. And while, under the state, she is somewhat protected today, not liberated, not emancipated, still not an equal to man, still not included under the Constitution, only somewhat protected, the church has not changed it’s position on women at all. As far as the church is concerned, women today are still, and always will be the witch, the ungodly beast that should not be allowed to even live. A logical question you may be asking right now is, “Why? Why are women regarded with such hatred?” And to that question I have no answer. All I can offer is only a plausible guess. Man fears woman. He learned long ago that she was his superior, both genetically and intellectually. So, he dominates her, controls her the only way he knows how, through physical intimidation, acts of violence, and torture and murder. As for politicians? They continue to subjugate her through mounds of legislation. But there is something else. Probably the most concerning and telling fact as to woman’s true place in this sophisticated, 21st Century society. You see, today, in this “land of the free, home of the brave,” “one nation under God,” the world’s most powerful nation, the marketing of women, yes, the marketing, the buying and selling of women is a billion dollar industry. In fact, as you read these words, and untold number of young women, Millennials, like yourself, are being “shipped” across the country, freighted on our highways and byways right along with your favorite soft drinks and vegetables. I say women, but almost half of the cargo are only girls, children, and since none of these women are recyclable, then they are disposal. Consider this well known fact; women were ordered, months ago, per size, color, ethnicity, and yes, age, to fulfill the anticipated demand in Santa Clara, California, the city that hosted Super Bowl 50. I’m sure you remember this lesson from your economics class, the infamous supply and demand rule of economics? And believe me, all requests were be filled, regardless of age. How is this possible? Gain, simple economics. Because the dollar is more powerful than any law, and any rule pertaining to humanity. Nothing is denied, if the price is right. In that the trafficking of women and children for sexual purposes is a billion dollar industry, greedy, unscrupulous, slime bag politicians see nothing but green when it comes to selling even there own wives and daughters. The color green even corrupts those sworn to “protect and serve.” After all, they’re just women. So, now you may be asking, “Is there a cure for this ailing social system? Can this cesspool of corruption and decadence be cleaned up?” Well, as a matter of fact, that question actually brings us to the whole point of this letter; yes! There is a very real, very plausible solution to our sick and decaying country. And that solution is you! Yup, that’s right, after telling you we jipped you out of an education, after telling you we blinded you from the truth, after telling you we essentially set you up like a pawn in a chess game, I’m now going to tell you it’s up to you to save the country. Or at least initiate the save. And, before you roll your eyes (remember, I had you in class), it just so happens you have a launch pad to establish yourselves as the force to be contended with, the future for this country. As it happens, there is in the formative stage, a social revolution intended to counter the above mentioned social fiasco; a social revolution that many Millennials are embracing as their own. This is a sociopolitical movement, designed to purge the sickness that is the Patriarchal Social System, purge the archaic, misogynistic church doctrines from our governments, purge the control and dominance of the few over the multitude. And while this revolution has been declared by one of the presidential candidates, Millennials are universal, and could/should carry this revolution into the halls of every political party. Personally? I would love to see you establish a totally new, unique party. Again, there is still much danger among the wicked, hopelessly corrupt established parties. You have strong, sharp minds, you have compassion, and you have consciousness. Investigate. Deliberate. Formulate. Learn. But more importantly unite. Make your decisions based on facts, not folklore. I say learn (you should have at least been told learning was a lifetime endeavor), and by that I mean, learn from our despicable past. Learn what is not only good for you, but what’s good for your fellow man, all of them, not only a select few. Learn what’s good for the future of your country. Many of today’s politicians are lost. Others are only blinded by the prospect of power and money. Some are virtually still living in what might as well be the Dark Ages, the Stone-Age; their thinking is not conducive to Millennials and the generations to follow you. This is your country, seize it. So, do you understand your importance now? Do you understand your worth? Can you comprehend your role, your power? You need to stand up in unison and let the boom of your collective voices shake the halls of Congress. Rattle the White House. No one can deny you any longer; this is your time, and, I for one will be standing proud, watching you.
Texas State Certified Educator
The first slave ship is recorded to have docked at Jamestown in 1619. One Sir John Hawkins was at the helm. Captain’s Hawkins ship? Why, The Good Ship Jesus, of course.
It is not clear how many slaves Captain Hawkins brought ashore that day, but one thing is very clear. As the first slave disembarked, he fell to his knees at the whip of his new Master.
Ah. But why are we talking about the Trans-Atlantic African Slave Trade in conjunction with the call for emancipation of women?
Here we go.
As the Slave Trader took his whip to the back of that first African slave, understand that his whip was not new leather. In fact, that whip was well broken in. Because you see, long before that first African slave felt his master’s whip, a woman was on the losing end of that whip, and worse.
You see, man perfected the art of slavery, the art of human domination, the art of psychological control and intimidation of another human being on the very backs of women.
Missed that part in history class did you? No. You didn’t. Teachers do not teach you all you need to know, only what the establishment wants you to know.
You see, it’s important that America’s young understands, believes, that women wholeheartedly accepted their subjugation, repression, and subordination. It is important, to men, that young women accepting that their rightful, God given place in life, in society, and in the church is at the foot of man. Their masters.
For as the African slave was disembarking ships by the thousands, American women were well into their servitude.
Here’s a fun fact for you. The court ordained the plantation owner as lord and master over his stable of slaves. He could punish as he saw fit; he could kill as needed/warranted. He was the law and order over his stable; a stable that included his wife and children.
Collectively, this group was happily (or not) referred to as the plantation owner’s familia, of which he was the head, just as today the man is considered as the head of the family.
Back to the American women, because she was watching the developing situation, and she was growing more and more concerned.
In April, 1633, Anne Hutchinson, a woman ahead of her time, an aggressive woman who didn’t know her place, though it had been pointed out to her many, many times, spoke up against John Wilson, the then leader of the church.
Her attack on Wilson soon enough found her labeled an Antinomian, that is, someone who dares question the laws of man; but what she actually did was counter the Puritan religious opinions of the clerics, more importantly, the head cleric.
Of course, she was tried for heresy and expelled from the colony; fortunately, that was all.
But the discord regarding the ideologies within the church only grew and grew. Women, following Hutchinson’s lead, were becoming very vocal. (Note: Some credit Ann Hutchinson with initiating the feminist movement.)
In April, 1690, probably having tolerated enough from women, probably feeling their strength in numbers, the church began what is accepted as the most notorious and hideous assault on women in the history of such assaults, and there have been many.
Consider briefly these facts. Hitler’s Nazi murderers are credited with six million plus unthinkable murders. Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge is credited with roughly two point five million murders in the infamous Cambodian Killing Fields, what can only described as genocidal. Japan’s Prince Asaka is scored with over half a million Chinese (mostly civilian women and children) who were brutally mutilated and slaughtered in the streets of Nanjing alone. But the number of lives, women’s lives, that God ordained clerics unconscionably took (and some believe continue to take today) in their phony witch hunts (femicide) are said to fall in the tens of millions.
Hitler took himself out before he could be captured; his ovens were shut off. Pol Pot was charged with war crimes; his death was recorded as a heart attack, but highly suspected as a suicide. Prince Asaka was recalled to Japan in shame. He was charged with war crimes, but was granted immunity, as he was a member of the imperial family, by General Douglas MacArthur (politics always before justice). But here is the kicker, not one charge, not one indictment is recorded against any member of the church in connection with the millions upon millions of women’s murders, which included traumatic dismemberment, the pouring of hot oil into orifices, including vaginal, and of course the infamous burnings at the stake, and the dipping (alive) into vats of boiling oil, all in a very public, very ceremonial, very celebratory forum.
Mission accomplished. Women were successfully repressed.
In the eyes of man, now well situated in his Patriarchal Social System, women were now less than slaves. In the eyes of the church, they were officially sub-human, the very gateway to hell, a creature not even God acknowledged.
But, how could this be so in America? A new land, with a new Constitution that clearly stated “with liberty and justice for all?”
That’s an easy one. The Constitution, when drafted, applied to Americans, not slaves; and, if you’re sticking with me, you’ll recall that the women and children were considered part of the familia, the slave count.
In actuality, liberty from the English Crown was a man vs man thing. For other than the taxation thing (money), political and religious doctrines pretty much remained the same.
One of the biggest influences on American politics is still one Sir William Blackstone.
Blackstone was a very influential British judge whose published position on woman was that they needed to be dominated by men. He held that men had the legal right to beat women in order to keep them in check. He called this, The power of chastisement.
Women in the new country, just as in the old, would be subordinate and submissive; women would know their rightful place in society. And for those that refused, by being disobedient of her man, arrogant in tone, the local governments had in place guidelines by which the man was expected to execute his responsibilities as husband, and punish her. These guidelines were detailed, right down to the size of switch he could us, and where on her body he could place his blows.
Fun fact time; even today the American Supreme Court quotes this hegemonic masculinity proponent, this misogynist, Blackstone, in their court decisions.
But Sir Blackstone wasn’t the only old country jurist who came to the new land.
In 1905, a Texas appellate court overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of assault and attempted rape of his wife citing a court ruling issued by one Lord Hale, in England, in the year 1500.
Lord Matthew Hale, in case you were wondering, was just another English misogynist jurist the colonist couldn’t quite break from. Lord Matthew Hale. The man detested rape, but detested women even more. Essentially called them all liars that could not be trusted; he also liked presiding over witch trials.
His misogynist rulings, which essentially mocked, intimidated, and put the fear of God into women, were still being quoted in American rape trials up through the 1970’s; probably still are in some parts of the country.
Why is it important to mention these British jurists and their rulings? Because these archaic, misogynistic men influence rape cases in 21st Century American courts. And, that’s why rape prosecution in America today isn’t taken as seriously as it should be.
I love hearing about the glorious Harvard Law School School grads, and all the other haughty taughty so called top tier law schools grads, but it seems to me not one law school in America has produced a single American lawyer. These schools have only managed to produce clones of English jurist.
I often wonder what a truly American judicial system would look like.
Until that happens, sadly, American women will continue to be repressed, and subjugated, and degraded, humiliated, and yes, beaten, just like Master Blackstone and Master Hale said they should be.
I know what you’re thinking. The African slave realized emancipation. They’re free (somewhat). Why can’t women realize emancipation?
And in there lies the connection between the American woman and the Trans-Atlantic African Slave. It was actually the Anti-Slavery Movement that afforded women the opportunity to (finally) raise their voices and establish themselves as a movement, a cause for emancipation.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln; if you note the Women’s Rights Movement Timeline of Events offered below (#13), you will also note it begins in 1848.
The unfortunate reality of this post is, while the Trans-Atlantic African Slave was able to gain emancipation just 244 years after that first ship docked in 1619, women are still fighting for their emancipation.
Once more, thank you for reading, and I hope you come back for the next post in this series in which I will explore at least one reason woman remains repressed; why legislators turn their backs to her. It’s a money thing called: America’s porn industry.
Below please find some links utilized in producing today’s post. For a complete list of sites address violence against women, please visit my Resource page at https://dhesbarpublications.wordpress.com/resources/.
And as always, please do not hesitate to offer a comment, or ask a question.
- A Review of Sir William Blackstone and the Common Law: Blackstone’s Legacy to America http://chalcedon.edu/research/articles/a-review-of-sir-william-blackstone-and-the-common-law-blackstones-legacy-to-america/
- Enslaved women and slavery before and after 1807 http://www.history.ac.uk/ihr/Focus/Slavery/articles/paton.html
- Free Blacks in the South: Why Did They Stay? – The Root http://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2013/07/free_blacks_in_the_south_why_did_they_stay.html
- Matthew Hale on the rape of a wife http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415639989/downloads/rape-marriage.pdf
- Nanjing War Crimes Tribunal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing_War_Crimes_Tribunal
- Pol Pot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol_Pot
- Sir William Blackstone https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blackstone
- Slavery in the United States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States
- The Cross and Gendercide http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unfundamentalistchristians/2014/05/the-cross-and-gendercide/
- The First British Slave Ship http://www.nairaland.com/241597/first-britsh-slave-ship-reach
- When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse. Wilson, K.J. Hunter House. Available at Amazon.com.
- Why Men Oppress Women | Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-darkness/201208/why-men-oppress-women
- Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S.: History and Timeline of Events (1848-1920) http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline1.html
- Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S.: Timeline of Key Events in the American Women’s Rights Movement 1921–1979 http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline2.html
- Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S.: Timeline of Key Events in the American Women’s Rights Movement 1980–Present http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline3.html
- Women’s role’s during 1500’s-1600’s https://prezi.com/z2fradukfwak/womens-roles-during-1500s-1600s/
The United States of America is established under what is known as the Patriarchal Social System. A social system that you’ll find elaborate definitions for, but I’ll cut through the fat and give it to you straight: The Patriarchal Social System gives all the power of the man. The power to control his home. The power to run the state. The power to administrate the federal government, the court system, and legislature. Simply put, under the Patriarchal Social System, man rules.
I have provided some works cited for you to delved deeper into this Archaic social system, but here’s the gist of it all. Our society is well into the 21st Century, yet, we (collectively as a people) feel the need to cling to a Stone-Aged social system that does not provide equality to the citizenry. Ironically? Then we ask, “Why don’t we enjoy equality as a people?”
Woman once stood as an equal with man, considered an integral part of the social structure. But as the social horizon was changing, a myriad of factors was forcing woman to remain closer and closer to the home. The man was becoming more and more aggressive in defending not only his homestead, but the village.
The woman took on a more supportive role.
But that was just life. A struggle. Requiring team work. The husband and wife team could have overcome their specialties in life, but that was not the case.
Enter the perverted and misogynistic cult.
Before I continue, I’m going to take a minute to explain some things here only because I understand many of you love your church, love your God, love your Jesus, Allah, Buddha, YHWH, Elohim, Jehovah, Brahman, et cetera, et cetera, believe me, I could go on and on. But this post isn’t about religion, that’s for another day, this post is about the insidious belief that man is in charge of this planet.
But, just as Patriarchy found man in dominant authority, the situation was further complicated, drastically, by the intervention of another male dominated, misogynistic influence, itself a political entity (not a religious one).
Men began to adhere to a false, exaggerated, distorted (psychotic?) belief in their ability to communicate with God. Moses did it in 1400 BCE, why not them? (Quick footnote: The very word God was not even coined until the mid-1800 CE; you do the math. And even then it was not associated with the Creator.) But here is the gist of this line, no man, no where, at no time, has been in direct communication with a supreme creator, per research and investigation.
To date, no human being has, and it is most likely no human being will ever speak face to face with the any supreme entity for any cause related to mankind. Yet, many men began to claim such association with God and established for themselves an Order, and a venue, their temples, through which to gain influence and power in the developing (struggling) societies.
The goals of these self-ordained clerics were to gain control of citizens through fear tactics, threats, and the publication of false, intimidating doctrines and scriptures through which they would make believers bow to their perceived power and influential connection to the Creator. They also wanted to possess land and money.
Now all of this would have been harmless had it not been for the misogynistic factor.
Misogyny is defined as the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Sadly, this was one of foundational themes of the developing, organizing church. So much so, within their doctrines and scriptures, they called for her death at the hand of men.
“You shall not allow the witch to live,” was the order from the pulpit.
The resulting, unprecedented, sweeping slaughter of women is incomprehensible. The numbers are estimated as high as nine million plus, and that was only at the end of the Inquisitions.
In that the order still exist today, is still preached today from pulpits around the world, is still viable today, can be found in every holy book in print, means many men still believe it is their God given right, their duty to the church, to abide and beat, torture, even murder women.
Now, as idiotic, as insane as that may sound to you. Consider this; the clerics were so adamant in their desire to control the populations, they even had three clerics produce a book, The Malleus Maleficarum. This “how to” book details how a man should hunt, trap, and kill a witch. (Important Note: There is no such things as witches other than the cute ones running around on Halloween. Never have been, never will be. They are a physical impossibility. And no, there is not mystical, magical evil power that offers them the ability to fly on a broom.)
So, the Patriarchal System, the influence of the cult, soon had man believing himself to be inherently superior to essentially everything, women, beast, nature, even other weaker men.
But that was then; this is now.
Here is my point. This is 2016. We are well into the 21st Century, yet we are still bound to archaic, Stone Aged thinking, doctrines, long proven debunk religious scriptures, and our women are still persecuted as witches.
Consider these choice quotes from some of the most revered religious front-men:
- Woman is a temple built over a sewer.—Tertullian
- The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes. —Martin Luther, Reformer (1483-1546)
- The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. —Pat Robertson, Southern Baptist leader (1930–)
- No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise [educated]. –Martin Luther, Reformer (1483-1546)
Unbelievably, a concerning large number men today cling to those ridiculous words as if they actually meant something.
Here’s what I want you to walk away with from this post. And I’ll launch this with some good news. Recently, we heard the long overdue announcement that military women could now serve in virtually any, and every capacity within the armed forces. And that, gives me cause to state this:
The Patriarchal Social System is dead in America.
It’s time for man to take a dose of his own medicine; but, that pill is going to be a choker.
Oh, many, many men are clinging, hugging, weeping over the corpse as if it would somehow rise like their beloved Lazarus; but no.
Here’s another important fact to know; as per the 2010 Census, women now have the edge over men in this country. The stage is set, woman has been given the cue, she must take that cue now.
There will be no more confining women to the home; there will be no more condemning her as inferior by design, a thing of no social use other than to be a servant to man, good only as a bearer of children, a concubine. There will no more legislating her medical rights. She will no longer have to work for less than the man. She is on the verge of equality.
The practice of subjugation, humiliation, degradation, and enslavement is over. The winds of change are blowing.
Thank you for reading,and I hope you come back for the next post in this series in which I will explain what women and the black man have in common (you don’t want to miss that one!).
Below please find some links utilized in producing this entry. For a complete list of sites address violence against women, please visit my Resource page at https://dhesbarpublications.wordpress.com/resources/.
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- Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
- 20 Vile Quotes Against Women by Religious Leaders from St. Augustine to Pat Robertson. Tarico, Valerie. AlterNet. http://www.alternet.org/gender/20-vile-quotes-against-women-religious-leaders-st-augustine-pat-robertson
- 8 Reasons Why Rome Fell http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/8-reasons-why-rome-fell
- God: Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=god
- Misogyny, Not So Much Homophobia, Is the Church’s Root Issue Needing A Solution. Wolfman, Jonathan. Huffington Post: Religion. May 19, 2014. Web. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-wolfman/misogyny-catholic-church_b_3683311.html
- On The Evolution of Patriarchy (And Why Men Didn’t Do It) http://permutationofninjas.org/post/30120518447/on-the-evolution-of-patriarchy-and-why-men-didnt
- The Malleus Maleficarum http://www.malleusmaleficarum.org/
- Patriarchy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchy
- PATRIARCHY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: CHALLENGING COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS. Steven R. Tracy. Professor of theology and ethics at Phoenix Seminary. JETS 50/3 (September 2007) 573–94.
- Patriarchy and Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy. Donald G. Button. Department of Psychology University of British Columbia Violence and Victims, Vol. 9, No. 2,1994. © 1994 Springer Publishing Company.
- Patriarchy and Women’s Subordination: A Theoretical Analysis Abeda Sultana, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka. The Arts Faculty Journal, July 2010-June 2011.
- Patriarchy as a System of Male Dominance Created at the Intersection of the the Control of Women, Private Property, and War, Part 1 by Carol P. Christ http://feminismandreligion.com/2013/02/18/patriarchy-as-an-integral-system-of-male-dominance-created-at-the-intersection-of-the-control-of-women-private-property-and-war-part-1-by-carol-p-christ/
- Patriarchy as a System of Male Dominance Created at the Intersection of the Control of Women, Private Property, and War, Part 2 by Carol P. Christ |http://feminismandreligion.com/2013/02/25/patriarchy-as-an-integral-system-of-male-dominance-created-at-the-intersection-of-the-control-of-women-private-property-and-war-part-2-by-carol-p-christ/
- Patriarchy As An Integral System of Male Dominance Created at the Intersection of the Control of Women, Private Property, and War, Part 3 |http://feminismandreligion.com/2013/03/04/patriarchy-as-an-integral-system-of-male-dominance-created-at-the-intersection-of-the-control-of-women-private-property-and-war-part-3/
- Socialist Feminism in the 21st Century https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4127
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- The Horrors of the Holy Church and it’s Inquisitions. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm
This post is the first in an educational series addressing violence against women; in that a lot of people feel uncomfortable with this topic, I thought I’d be straight up just in case you wanted to go elsewhere. But before you leave, consider this single fact: Women in America are second class citizens. (In other countries, they are far less.) I state this as a fact based on the overwhelming documented evidence that American women are not afforded equal protection under the U.S. Constitution; they are denied this equal protection by the Executive Branch, the Legislature Branch, and the Judicial Branch.
One blatant, indisputable case in point is our government’s refusal to acknowledge women’s rights under the the 14th Amendment. The opening section clearly states that no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States. Yet the number of bills passed legislating women’s rights to proper health care, and in many cases life saving medical procedures stand at a ridiculous, incomprehensible number. The consequences of these laws is criminal.
There are many other instances and examples, and it is these unconstitutional violations of human and civil rights perpetrated against women that I will be addressing beginning with this post.
Still with me? Good, because what I’m offering you, through this series, is comprehensive information on public record (none of this is made up). My only goals and objectives are to provide you insight into an issue that is not only deeply impacting our society, but devastating many innocent lives.
If for no other reason, read these short posts for your own personal edification. If you’re a mother, consider sharing with your daughter and son. If you are a daughter, consider sharing with your parents and siblings. In other words, if you think these posts are worth sharing, then please feel free to do so! Share it with your Friends, Circles, your Tweeple. You never know, maybe this information could be helpful and enlightening to someone connected to you. Here’s why. One in every three women, no matter the age, will be abused, battered, raped, violated in some way in their life.
If that fact upsets you, scares you, well, consider another fact: 90 plus percent of women, and we’ll bring this down to the United States, 90 plus percent of American women don’t feel safe in our sophisticated 21st Century, high tech society. And, I’m not speaking only of lower class at risk women living in ghettos, drug environments/conditions, I’m speaking of women from every socioeconomic level, including law enforcement officers, lawyers, doctors, judges, educators, nurses, corporate executives, you name the class, it is represented.
Young women, middle school, high school, college age, are at higher risk.
Here are some statistics published by the U.S. Department of Justice: Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group – at a rate almost triple the national average; approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner; among female victims of intimate partner violence, a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend victimized 94% of victimes between the ages of 16-19.
Globally, the numbers only get worse, with one in every three women being raped, sexually assaulted, sodomized, battered by a husband, boyfriend, a friend of the family, or a date in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, some women will experience the abuse throughout their lifetime; and I say that only because many women will simply not be able to escape the abuser, and he will eventually murder her.
Not very many of the abusers/murderers will be prosecuted due to factors that will be explained in upcoming posts.
So, what of the cost and who’s paying for it? If you are a tax payer, you are.
Some reports place the total annual price tag for violence against women at over five billion dollars per year just to heal the wounds caused by violence against women. Over four billion of that number is just for medical costs. And, that is just accounting for the women who seek medical help.
Many, many women either choose not to seek medical help, while many others are not permitted, by the abuser, to seek medical help. I mentioned some women are not able to escape their abuser(s), and that’s simply because they are literally held captive in some manner.
This well documented, researched fact is one that most Americans simply don’t want to acknowledge, or simply don’t want to be concerned with. That is, of course, not until it affects them personally.
For within our cities, and we’re talking within virtually every major city in the country, and a great number of lesser cities and even rural communities, there exist a totally unseen, out of sight, out of mind female population living in total, true bondage in every sense of the word.
The exact number of these enslaved women, ranging from pre-teens up, is unknown. Some put the U.S. numbers at tens of thousands, but that is probably a conservative estimation. Globally, the numbers go as high as the millions.
But again, these women don’t factor into the cost issue; they are not treated for the brutality they endure. When they succumb to their rape and torture, they are simply discarded in some manner.
So back to the cost, because that five billion price tag is only the cost of medical, psychological counseling, et cetera, et cetera. There is a lot more money lost due to violence against women.
You see, women miss an estimated eight million work days every year because they are battered so badly they physically, medically can not show up.
Eight million work days of missed work, in case you were wondering, equates roughly to some two billion dollars worth of lost pay. And, two billion dollars of lost pay translates to just about thirty-two thousand full-time jobs.
Now, I don’t care if you’re in middle school student struggling with Algebra, a high school student sitting in a pre-Calc course, or a first year finance student at prestigious college or university, those numbers, in today’s nose-diving economy, cannot be ignored.
Even a self-proclaimed economic genius vying for the Presidency of the United States has to acknowledge the issue is significant. Yet, not one politician, not one candidate for any office, at any level will raise this issue in any conversation, interview, debate.
Incidentally, with this post, I intend to address the presidential candidates for the upcoming election why this issue is categorically ignored.
You see, while our illustrious politicians, male and female, even our sitting President and legislators will mock object at the human rights violations of other countries, while they will smile broadly as they take advantage of the photo opportunities with the Malalas of the world, they, themselves, are repress, subjugate, and deny human rights to American women and girls.
This is what we call hypocrites. But, how can that be? More importantly, why would that be?
The answers to both those questions are as incomprehensible as they are ridiculous and will be dealt with in depth in a forthcoming post.
For now, let’s look at yet another way violence against women is costly.
You see, speaking of incomprehensibility, when a woman is beaten, especially in her own home, by her significant other, alleged partner, an episode society dubs as domestic violence, it is she who typically has to flee for protection and treatment.
She has to grab what she can, swoop up the kids, if there are any and typically there are, and run.
Now you may be asking, where does a woman beaten and battered, black and blue, probably with no money, under the threat of being hunted down and killed, her children under that same threat run to?
She can’t run to family. She’ll only endanger them as well. She can’t run to friends; they typically have no desire to become involved, or more typically, simply don’t know how to help her. She can’t stay at a hospital; they are a for profit entity; they need to clear the bed for the next inbound battered woman.
No, the battered, beaten, hurting woman has limited choices as to where to run. Sadly, far to many of them simply remain on the streets. In a city such as San Diego, where it is reported that some 50% of homeless women are the result of domestic violence, this means more danger.
On the streets, women face more abuse and exploitation.
Many women, if she seeks proper medical care, and the reporting is completed correctly, she could end up in inadequate, underfunded, overcrowded shelters, typically run by overextended county social services. Operating a shelter can run up into the millions per year, therefore, most shelters are under funded, and under staffed. Considering many of these shelters find themselves twenty five percent over capacity, sometime the battered woman has to accept whatever is available.
In one twenty four hour period recorded, over fifty three thousand battered women were serviced. Over seven thousand were turned away due to lack of space.
Just so you understand the lunacy of this issue, the woman should not have to leave. The abuser has a place waiting for him. A place where he can cool off. A place where he will be welcomed and comforted, and coddled, fed and bedded in a warm spot for the night. It’s called the country jail.
In closing this post, I will simply reiterate the undeniable fact that violence against women is a costly pandemic issue that must be addressed immediately by politicians.
Why politicians? Because it’s the politicians who legislate women’s rights, restrict their health care, and deny them equal justice under our constitution.
Thank you for reading,and I hope you come back for the next post in this series in which I will explain why it is men believe they are superior to women.
Below please find some links utilized in producing this entry. For a complete list of sites address violence against women, please visit my Resource page at https://dhesbarpublications.wordpress.com/resources/.
- Abused and Battered Women Facts and Statistics, Fact #23 http://www.shimmymob.com/purpose/abuse_facts/
- The Economic Costs of Violence Against Women http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/expert%20brief%20costs.pdf
- Cost of Violence against Women largely underestimated http://eige.europa.eu/news-and-events/news/cost-violence-against-women-largely-underestimated
- The Cost of Violence against Women and their Children https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/vawc_economic_report.pdf
- Consequences and costs http://www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/301-consequences-and-costs-.html
- 2010 U.S. Census http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-03.pdf
- Teen Dating Violence Facts http://www.clotheslineproject.org/teendatingviolencefacts.pdf
- Teen Violence Statistics http://www.teenviolencestatistics.com/content/date-rape.html
- Domestic violence: Nearly 100 Domestic Violence Victims Turned Away From Shelters In Day – tribunedigital http://articles.courant.com/2014-03-14/news/hc-domestic-violence-shelters-0315-20140314_1_violence-victims-shelters-18-domestic-violence-agencies
- Dominance and Domestic Abuse Among Mexican Americans: Gender Differences in the Etiology of Violence in Intimate Relationships, Yoko Sugihara1, and Judith Ann Warner. Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2002(C° 2002)
- Homeless women in the United States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeless_women_in_the_United_States
- Domestic Violence and Homelessness https://www.aclu.org/files/pdfs/womensrights/factsheet_homelessness_2008.pdf
- Domestic Violence and Homelessness: Statistics http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NRCDV-Stats-DVHomelessness.pdf
- Domestic Violence. Wikipedia. Web.
- Estimating the Numbers http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/slaves/etc/stats.html
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER FEASIBILITY STUDY http://www.fftc.org/Document.Doc?id=510