Posted by: aboutalbion | April 12, 2015

A female voice with Turkish ethnicity reprises the experience of women under Christianity

I recently read an annual digest of some of the noteworthy articles that were first published in the ‘Weekend’ section of the “Financial Times”.  This extract from an anonymous essay caught my attention …

‘ “I don’t believe in equality between men and women”, [said President Erdogan of Turkey].  …  In this kind of discourse, the female body is a … kind of battleground – an ideological one, used by men to advance their political profile.  Women’s own views on their bodies and rights are neither sought nor heard.  …  In July [2014], the deputy prime minister [of Turkey] declared that women should not laugh loudly in public.  …  In Saudi Arabia, women still cannot drive.  In Iran, a 25 year-old was jailed for protesting the law against women attending sports tournaments.  In Egypt, more than 80 per cent of women have experienced sexual harassment.  In Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, married women need the permission of their husbands or guardians to travel.  Spousal rape remains an unspoken taboo.  We should not have to rely on authoritarian male leaders to advance our rights.  It is incredibly sad that we, women from Muslim backgrounds, have come to this point.  Because of our fears, we have stopped believing in ourselves.  …  In the Middle East, female bodies are a battleground.’

Meanwhile, in the UK, on BBC2 (Friday evenings), Diamaid MacCulloch [Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University] is explaining how Christianity shaped the western European attitude to sexuality.

Two voices … two organised religions … but a similar story …

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