Can you not hear and see in the words and actions of Republican political partisans a patriarchal abuse of women that shames every man in this country?

Murder of Hypatia Sanford L. Drob

 

The biggest fattest religious and social evil that curses humanity is one simple and very foolish notion: A Patriarchal Order of Things.

Right Wing Evangelicals are part and parcel of this. If you do not understand that the Republican Party sees its own survival as a matter of catering to the very evangelicals who are pointedly looking the other way when it comes to the sitting American President, then you are too naive for you own good. Worse, you are too naive for the highest good of your country.

“There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time.

Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions. On account of the self-possession and ease of manner, which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation of her mind, she not infrequently appeared in public in presence of the magistrates.

Neither did she feel abashed in coming to an assembly of men. For all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue admired her the more.

Yet even she fell a victim to the political jealousy which at that time prevailed. For as she had frequent interviews with Orestes, it was calumniously reported among the Christian populace, that it was she who prevented Orestes from being reconciled to the bishop.

Some of them therefore, hurried away by a fierce and bigoted zeal, whose ringleader was a reader named Peter, waylaid her returning home, and dragging her from her carriage, they took her to the church called Caesareum, where they completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles.

After tearing her body in pieces, they took her mangled limbs to a place called Cinaron, and there burnt them. This affair brought not the least opprobrium, not only upon Cyril, but also upon the whole Alexandrian church.

And surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort. This happened in the month of March during Lent, in the fourth year of Cyril’s episcopate, under the tenth consulate of Honorius, and the sixth of Theodosius [AD 415].” – Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History (VII.15)

 

Man vs. woman and children on a balance scale

“Definition: A patriarchy is a social system in which family systems or entire societies are organized around the idea of father-rule, where males are the primary authority figures.- thoughtco.com”

“As culture evolved, the patriarchal society grew increasingly misogynistic. Ancient Greece played a large role in the increase of patriarchal practices. A primary democracy can be seen in ancient Greece called the polis. This gave men somewhat equal rights; compared to the aristocracy they had known before. 

As men gained equal rights, women lost many of theirs. The family had before been a biological unit, but now took the form of a political and economic unit. Wives and mothers became obligatory, and women who did not follow the traditional functions faced legal consequences. Women were the legal wards of either her father or husband and had no rights of their own; they could not inherit property. A woman during this time did not even have custody over her children as they belonged to her husband. 

Additionally, if a woman committed adultery, they would either be banished or executed where men, who would occasionally suffer penalties, had many legal sexual outlets. There were highly trained courtesans and male and female prostitutes (Radek). 

As men were able to find sexual freedom with these outlets, most women could not leave their homes without permission from a father or husband. – Women’s Resource Center, U of Colorado

It is past time when we should have repudiated the terrible notion that men possess some sort of  civil, political or moral authority that forces women into subjugation.

To what?

Well, to the narcissistic male ego that is threatened by an understanding that women are not property over whom men have stewardship of course!

Prior to the persecution of women as witches and heretics there occurred a most obscene and deliberate murder of a woman known as Hypatia who – in every respect – was superior to most if not all men in her time.

As we read and listen to the modern patriarchs persecute the most recent victim with  verbal violence and even physical threats, are we not reminded of Hypatia?

The following paragraphs bring to mind the words of Republican patriarchs led by their chief misogynist Donald Trump and the double-talking senators publicly trying to ram their candidate right past any scrutiny of his own misogyny.

Can you not hear and see in the words and actions of the Republican political partisans a patriarchal abuse of women that shames every man in this country?

 

Bullies don’t like it when all the little kids start keeping their lunch money in their pockets and talk sassy talk.

Conservative columnist has perfect solution for Kavanaugh accuser to avoid GOP bullying and state her case

“… Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford has multiple options available to her that do not include being bullied into appearing by committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who has refused to support an FBI investigation of her claim that the judge sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

… “Ford has another option: Hold a news conference with her own experts and make the case directly to the American people. She can sit down for an interview with a respected TV journalist. She can say whatever she wants, make certain that experts are heard and even recount the much more extensive investigative efforts undertaken when Hill stepped forward. To make her case to the American people and convince them that she is sincere, honest and credible, Ford doesn’t need the Senate.”

The stark reality is that Reflublican bullies have already lost control of the message … but act like they don’t realize which way the wind is blowing and what a wave of infuriated voters will do if a woman stands up to the GOP and get’s treated like a second-class citizen.

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On Kavanaugh, Reflublicans and civic cowardice

Required reading by anyone with any sense of truth-talking.

Men Are More Afraid Than Ever Why Kavanaugh advocates would rather defend malfeasance than deny it.

No joking here. There are things we as a people should not under any circumstances trivialize or brush aside. No particular politics is valid if the adherents insist on a partisan-only presentation to the rest of us that ignores the reality of an event in the life of someone else.

Run-and-hide politics and chauvinism evident here does not honor who we think we are as we propagandize it to the world. Why can’t we grow up?

Many wise folks have pointed out the silliness of trying to portray the victim as an opportunist and I’ve added a link.

On the lady’s so-called opportunism …

John Pavlovitz: Why I Believe Christine Blasey Ford

“It is clearly, they claim—nothing more than opportunism.

Let’s look at her expansive list of “opportunities” here:

She’s getting the opportunity to have her successful career immediately derailed.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her personal information: address, phone number, and family information—disseminated to millions of people on social media by anonymous trolls.

She’s getting the opportunity to be forced to move out of her house in the middle of a school year.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her life completely and permanently turned upside down in every possible way.

She’s getting the opportunity to be publicly humiliated by old white men, who have zero regard for the veracity of her claims or the severity of her trauma or the cost of her speaking.

She’s getting the opportunity to be the object of sick jokes on the Twitter account of the supposed adult son of the President.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her character assassinated, her past unearthed, her credibility questioned, and her safety threatened.

She’s getting the opportunity to relive her most painful and personal moments in front of the watching world.

She’s getting the opportunity to be injured a second time.

Sounds like a great “opportunity.” – John Pavlovitz

On male grownups …

Mazie Hirono Demands Men ‘Shut Up And Step Up’ In The Face Of Kavanaugh Accusation 

“I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change,” Hirono said during a press event on Tuesday. 

 

The Grand Old Perpetrator Party and the Christian Social Conservatives who voted for Trump … this is why running and hiding from the Kavanaugh allegations is an ultimate hypocrisy.

If there’s smoke, you are obligated to make sure there is no fire.

Here’s How Trump Responded Each Time A Woman Accused Him Of Sexual Misconduct President Donald Trump has been accused of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault by 20 women. These are their stories.

 

Let me get this straight.
Kav has denied that the attempted rape ever happened to a 15 – year-old teen.

“Yet, Interesting and perhaps disturbing moment a short time ago as Carrie Severino, spokesperson of the Judicial Crisis Network, was interviewed on CNN. The JCN is the central campaign arm for Republican judicial nominations. The Federalist Society grooms and chooses the nominees. The JCN runs the campaigns, runs political ads in Senators’ states, as necessary.

Here Severino argues that it’s not clear that what Ford describes wasn’t simply “rough horse play” as opposed to attempted rape.”

Looks to me like Kav’s team is saying that that which never happened . .. happened in that room.

Kavanaugh Backer Says Sexual Assault Allegation Could Have Been Just “Rough Horseplay”

Kindergarten Religion at its worst

Maybe it’s just me but I long ago ran out of patience with a God who has a purpose but won’t explain or describe that purpose … particularly when a life is taken; prompting earthbound ignorant mortals to pass it off as a mystery that will only be resolved one day in God’s presence.

Fox News priest assures storm victims that little girl who died in hurricane is part of ‘God’s purpose’

There is no mystery to a God who refuses to explain or justify himself. Why? Because at that moment God ceases to be what we thought he was … and is just … another god.

My daughters and son were always far more important than the Church – especially as it ecclesiastically forced itself into their personal lives with questions that had nothing to do with eternal salvation.

Just read some disturbing news. Former bishop Sam Young has been excommunicated. For the record I agree with and support Sam Young and the website. I signed the online petition.

Mormon Church excommunicates Sam Young

Protect LDS Children

My daughters and son were always far more important than the Church – especially as it ecclesiastically forced itself into their personal lives with questions that had nothing to do with eternal salvation.

Seems to me that mayhap them GOP’ers think most women in the country are ignorant, dumb and gullible.

Let me get this straight.

Led by Reflublican Senator Grassley, who said the withheld records had no bearing on the worthiness of Mr. Kavanaugh to be a justice, they still prepared a list of 65 women from Kavanaugh’s high school years that declared he was as clean as a baby’s butt.

How is it that they had that list ready if they were not already aware of the secret from Kav’s high school years?

Seems to me that mayhap them GOP’ers think most women in the country are ignorant, dumb and gullible.

GOP will proceed at their own political risk come the elections.

mom is mad

“But even so, the way in which chair Chuck Grassley and the 10 other male Republicans on the committee handle Ford’s accusation will tell us a good deal about them and about the state of the gender battlefield. Will these men dismiss the allegation because it was too long ago? Will they attack the accuser and seek to shame her over hidden details of her life? Will they argue there is “only” one claim, and one is not enough? Will they say that 65 women’s signatures on one letter cancel one woman’s accusation in another? Will they turn the occasion into a chance to attack the Democrats and try to motivate their base for the midterms?

For months, the male leaders of the administration and the GOP insisted on silence on the real issue at stake. But despite their best efforts, the monster has finally come out of the walls. Will the Senate, and American politics, face it, or has the last year of gender piety been nothing but show?

In the year of #MeToo, will male authorities claim their traditional power to silence female dissent? Or will they—at last—take their offices seriously and find some way, fair to Kavanaugh and to Ford, to get at the truth?”

https://www.theatlantic.com/…/2018/09/kavanaugh/570406/

“I would hate to be any Republican going forward in their career, not just in this election that will stand up and say, ‘No, we weren’t even willing to listen.’

That would be going against an entire societal wave that is happening in our culture, that is going against an entire gender reboot of who we are.”

Women are expected to turn out in droves for the November election, and Deutsch said Kavanaugh’s confirmation could risk GOP congressional majorities.

“Not only the House is gone, will put the Senate in real, real, real, real play,” he said. “If the Republicans are tone deaf here it will be a death spiral for them.” – Donny Deutsch – MSNBC