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Thursday, November 16

The Patriarchy is Alive And Well

There is a fabulous article by Kathryn Joyce of the TheRevealer.org at the Nation this month:
'Arrows for the War'
It helps put together my thesis that all the prejudice and oppression points to one thing: The Patriarchy's fear of losing control.

They are not pro-war, nor do they advocate for tax cuts for the rich, but a new movement towards a more patriarchal society, in the name of God, is called "Quiverfull" whereby women in families committed to God and "traditional" values are having as many children as "the Lord" will provide. Each child is an arrow, or a quiver in the war against secular femininism (a code word, I believe, for "white men are frightened that they are losing their power" but they say, feminism runs counter to God's plan for women.)

Psalm 127: "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."
The women in this movement believe that their bodies are not their own but "a living sacrifice" for God and they should have 8, 9, 10 children and the only reason given for this "logic" are found in a couple of passages in the bible. They are "birthing God's mighty warriors." Well that's one way to appeal to dumb women. They also say that family planning and women having careers has led to abortions and lesbianism (the scourge of the white patriarch).

So the mission is get millions of white Christian women to reproduce and reproduce often to fill the country with millions of white Christian children who will in turn reproduce and reproduce often.
"But if just 8 million American Christian couples began supplying more "arrows for the war" by having six children or more, they propose, the Christian-right ranks could rise to 550 million within a century ("assuming Christ does not return before then"). They like to ponder the spiritual victory that such numbers could bring: both houses of Congress and the majority of state governor's mansions filled by Christians; universities that embrace creationism; sinful cities reclaimed for the faithful; and the swift blows dealt to companies that offend Christian sensibilities."

It's a power play. Their women won't be filling any of these roles in government, they will be too barefoot/pregnant and homeschooling their kids on how to be ignorant warriors, to have much of a say in anything. As I said earlier this week, gay white men in power are hiding in the closet as part of the plan to keep the patriarchy alive and advocate for other gay white men to shut up and stay in the closet because their participation (fathering quivers) is desperately needed for sustaining the patriarchy. They only hate homosexuals who are "out". Homosexuals are expected to sacrifice their bodies for "God". They don't want homosexuals and liberals adopting children because they may "selfishly" adopt non-white children from overseas, (not obeying God's admonishment to be fruitful and multiply.)

Gay rights, women's rights and Mexican immigration all run counter to the patriarchy. It's important to understand the motivations of those who use "God" to spread fear and hatred. You have to get a lot of people involved for this to work and it has to be renewed over and over again. Fifty years ago, the Catholics were multiplying like rabbits for the same reasons. Now you have tens of millions of lapsed Catholics in this country practicing family planning and homosexuality.

This week the American Bishops gathered in Baltimore and concluded that Catholic women who use birth control and gay people who have gay sex cannot receive Holy Communion. How convenient is that statement when you put it all into perspective?

UPDATE: Newsweek's story: How Full is Your Quiver?

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