Muslim men have used this text to suppress women. This passage is to islam what “the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church” is to christianity – an excuse for men to claim superiority over women.
In islam, women are denied the right to pray alongside men. Women are denied the right to lead the congregation in prayer. Women are denied the right to decide over divorce. Women are denied the right to hold positions of leadership. In many muslim countries women are denied the right to vote, to drive a car, to have custody of their children, to go to university, to sign contracts, to travel, to go outside. In many muslim countries, a husband has a right to beat and rape his wife.
So, what is it that “Allah has preferred one with over the other”? Well, if you turn to muslim scholars you will see that they say that Allah has proven that men are superior by granting them exclusive right to “prophethood, supreme political office, jihad, and military service”.
Ok. So men are to be heads of women, allowed to marry four wives, allowed to force their wives to total obedience beating her if she objects, granted twice as much weight in a court of law et.c. et.c. – because they have an exclusive right to ” prophethood, supreme political office, jihad, and military service”?
First of all, how many men around today are prophets? I mean, I might be willing to grant them some kind of privileges – show me where they are!!
And historically you can see that there are plenty of women prophets, the only problem is that islamic scholars say they can’t have been prophets because they were women!! It’s the same problem as finding married bachelors….. Sure, Maryam has all the features of a prophet – but since she is a woman she can’t have been one… And anyway – what does this have to do with male superiority today?? Supreme political office?? Jihad??? Military service?? Women do all that! Hell, even Aishah led her men to battle! (But she can’t have, because she was a woman – married bachelors, remember?)
What if we were to try reading this text another way?
Look at it again:
“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because of what Allah has preferred one with over the other and because of what they spend to support them from their wealth.”
There is nothing, not one thing, a man can do today that a woman can not. Women can have children today without a man, using the latest technology. Women can travel in space, play football, lead armies. And yeah – we can pee standing up!
But there is one thing women can do that men can’t. That they won’t ever be able to do.
We can carry a child and give birth.
Is that a small thing? Women can give life, men can not.
What if it’s women who have been preferred by allah? What if the text is supposed to mean that men are the worker bees to women because of what Allah has preferred one (women) with over the other (men, who are forever barren) and because of this men have to spend to support them from their wealth. Just saying.
Of course, men have realized all along that they come up short in an honest comparison. There’s nothing they can do that compares with giving birth. Prophethood – baaah!
That’s why they have used religion to turn female sexuality and procreation into something dirty. “Women are unclean whilst menstruating” “Women are unclean after giving birth” et.c. These are disgusting religious idiocies invented to belittle women and turn their overwhelming superiority into something nasty. How can we allow men to get away with this?
How come male blood shed in Jihad, killing people, is honourable, while a woman’s blood shed while giving life is dirty? Can’t you see how vile and misogynist these notions are?
In islam, men even use the fact that women menstruate and bleed after birth as an excuse for forced polygyny. Men supposedly can’t be expected to go without sex for a month, two or three times in a lifetime. (Women on the other hand are supposed to deal with going without sex 75% of the rest of their lives, while their husbands are off fucking other wives..)
While women are suffering post partum bleedings, men should rightly go through a month of prostrating before them, giving them around the clock service, massage, ice cream, diamonds and pearls, giving thanks for the greatest gift of all – a woman giving birth to his child! Not be off marrying and fucking other women!!!!
The absurdity of men.