I get kinda upset when people talk like religious conservatism is some kind of disease. We are apparently more repressed and hateful than the rest of the population. The men especially, are supposed to be more abusive and negative to women.
Look– every ideology, every system, can be abused. And there are abusive power-hungry types who nominally subscribe to all various ideologies. To take one example, and then use it to typecast the motivations of everyone from a group (while ignoring when yours do that) is not accurate. To ascribe causality, where there might not even be correlation.
To be fair, as an uber-conservative undergrad girl at a uber-liberal university getting sexual insults scrawled on my dorm room door on a regular basis (and once loudly talked about while I was in earshot), I did the opposite. I correlated liberalism with abuse of women. So I’ve done the same thing in my own way.
And we are all fallen. We can warp what is fair into a deranged thing, but the answer isn’t to throw away what could have been unwarped and beautiful.
Still. I just feel like crying right now. It seems so unfair. And will cause more harm than good. If the poison is thought to be the medicine, and the medicine the poison, it’s only going to get worse.