Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Days in a wannabe punk's life: Blood, gore and edict's
Tamil punkster blogs about a how women who are menstruating are treated differently. One does not have to be a woman to get this one. In my opinion you have major issues if you don't (sounds very opinionated.. I know but what the heck). I have seen this up front in my life and it's disturbing to see it being perpetuated even in 'developed' societies like this ours. A must read she says it a lot better please go read.. Blood gore and edicts
My 2 cents on it..
The way women are treated during their cycles is ridiculous. I believe Orthodox Jewish women also have to be "different" during this time. The reasons that these practices eveolved have been mentioned by others. However a big issue this agnostic progressive liberal has is with how religions and customs have not evolved always with time and progress. Resistance to change is not just institutional but also individual. It also speaks to the issue of power over women. It's for each one of us to do our bit to change it. I believe it will eventually work. It's a good fight cos a truly advanced progressive society will never be realized unless one of the most critical components of it which are women, are treated equally.
PS: The current attempt to take choice away from women in the US is a part of the whole power issue cloaked mostly under a religious veneer.

3 comments:

White Magpie said...

Well, there is a reason for everything. People follow customs blindly without knowing the reason behind it. In the past, women were secluded during menses to give them the adequate rest they need and not because they were unclean. The unclean funda started later when the ignoramuses started just obeying dictations. And so followed the rest of the bull.

karmic_jay said...

Well, there is a reason for everything. People follow customs blindly without knowing the reason behind it. In the past, women were secluded during menses to give them the adequate rest they need and not because they were unclean.
White point noted and thanks for stopping by. I know some of the reasons behind seclusion, I just did not mention them. But I was sort of following Megha's thread on how some of this has ended up being a means to subjugate women.

Wild Reeds said...

Hey Sanjay,
Cool blog!
Cheers