Does God Hate Women?

Ophelia Benson, Author, Jeremy Stangroom, Author . Continuum $24.95 (202p) ISBN 978-0-8264-9826-7

Frequent coauthors Benson and Stangroom (Why Truth Matters ) theorize that God is against women, recounting in their short book horrific stories of violence against women. Benson and Stangroom categorically dismiss any arguments that patriarchal or sexist practices, like honor killings and female genital mutilation, are cultural. They vehemently insist that religion, which provides male perpetrators moral comfort, is to blame. Later, however, the authors, in one of the rare sections where they try to explain their theory more deeply, back off from their tough position by stating that it is impossible to distinguish religion and culture. Fixated on Islam, and in particular Pakistan, the authors include, for good measure, the Orthodox Jewish modesty police of Jerusalem, Hindus, the tiny Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, unreasonable restrictions on abortion in South America and some other examples. The authors fail to mention examples that disprove their theory, such as the successful eradication of female infanticide in the Muslim world and the plight of women in the developed world, who are undoubtedly victims of nonreligiously motivated sexism. (June)

Reviewed on: 05/11/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
Open Ebook - 216 pages - 978-1-4411-1862-2
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