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Men are superior to women


Men are superior to women
I guess most were startled to read the title, yes it was a SEO move to get you to click on the link.

I’m currently reading this book called – Sikhandi and other tales they don’t tell you: by author Devdutt Pattanaik. Thought I’d share this little excerpt as I constantly debate this topic of women and men and their inequality within my family, friends and foes and well, usually end up being ridiculized.

“Hindu mythology reveals that patriarchy, the idea that men are superior to women, was invented. The epic, Mahabarata, for example, refers to a time when there was no concept of marriage. Men and women were free to go to anyone, until it became important to establish fatherhood (‘this son is mine’), for which ownership and fidelity of women became critical (‘she is the field for my seed’). Fatherhood became important because property became important (‘this is mine’) and with it the idea of inheritance (‘what is mine shall go to my sons’). Property and inheritance became important because they offered humans the delusion of immortality (‘I may die but what I have will outlive me through my sons’).
Feminism, the idea that men and women are equal is, however, discovered in Hinduism as the scriptures point to the differences between the soul and the flesh. The un unenlightened value the flesh, hence gender over the soul. Such a unenlightened being values the male flesh over the female flesh, the young flesh over the old flesh, flesh encased in fair skin rather than dark skin, the property owned by that flesh, the family to which that flesh belongs, the stature of that flesh in society. The enlightened see the flesh purely in functional terms; they venerate both the devadasi, who offered her body to everyone, and the sanyasi, who offered his body to no one.”

It’s sad to see that despite we having come into 2014 AC, having “hinduism” or “Sanatana Dharma” being practiced as per current evidence suggests 7000 BC, we still live in a delusioned world.

You see, regardless of people not believing in this, having different beliefs and such, if the system in place sticks to a certain value, those values will be practiced, be them right or wrong.

You want a modern example? See the politics which go behind modern day Indian marriages. The range from enquiring about families wealth to brides and groom undergoing a physical change for their big day.


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