"You’re the straightest gay guy I kn-"
"You’re not like those other gay people who go to those awful pride para-"
"You’re gay? Then why don’t you hit on me or other gu-"
"I have this other gay friend, you’d be a perfect cou-"
"At least you act norm-"
"I’m straight but would you suck my dick for 20 dol-"
Name: Betty Friedan
Why she rocks: She is a writer, activist, and feminist that let the Women’s Rights Movement. Her book “The Feminine Mystique” is often credited with sparking second wave feminism. She organized the nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality on the 50th anniversary of the nineteenth amendment, and over 50,000 men and women marched with her!
Quotes: “A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man’s advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all”
Because of this woman… her nationwide strike turned heads and gained visibility for the feminist cause.
Since feminism seems to be a huge topic of discussion for me, today and I just wrote a paper specifically about Betty Friedan and her accomplishments, I figure I’d post this, in celebration of an incredibly rad woman who inspired a generation to step out of its restrictive and patriarchal nature. I would ramble on, but as I said, I just wrote a very long research paper about her!
But this woman does in fact rock.
Isn’t it nice how people twist their religious scripture to suit their weds but when it’s used against them it’s suddenly not okay
I talked to a monk about this quote once (we have mutual friends, and he came to a New Year’s Eve party at my shared art studio). He said this isn’t even talking about homosexuality. That the bible never actually says homosexuality is wrong. What that passage means is this:
Women were treated as subservient and it that you shouldn’t treat other men as subservient, like they are beneath you. It is not talking about homosexuality. If it was, it would say it outright since the bible lists other things outright.
I take the word of a monk who have studied the bible extensively more than a self proclaimed Christian.
The above text, I would like to point out is from the point of view of this translation of the original Hebrew. I spoke with my cousin’s rabbi on the matter and his response was different, saying that it was a mistranslation. See, the true translation says that a man shall not lie with another in the bed of a woman, which is to say, the Hebrews had a shit ton of rules about when a man was or was not allowed in a woman’s bed and private quarters (including, if she didn’t want you there, you weren’t allowed there. Hebrew women were also allowed to divorce their husbands and the image of the ‘oppressive Hebrew people’ is an image that was propogated by Christianity which, historically speaking, doesn’t treat the Jewish people too well and liked to paint them as being rather barbaric and backwards and cultish with their traditions, which, another piece of fun info, their traditions were one of the main reasons why the Jewish people were less likely, in medieval times, to die of the plague. Because washing your hands and avoiding the dead and vermin and the like was a lot of help. Of course the Christians persecuted them for not dying but that’s another matter. I’m sidetracked). So the verse is literally saying ‘Don’t fuck in some lady’s bed because that’s just goddamn rude’
Also, whenever a Christian brings the book of Leviticus up, you should feel free to point out that these are rules that were given to make the Hebrew people prepared for when the son of God came to earth. In Christianity, it’s believed the son of God was Jesus. So by following the rules set in Leviticus or pushing them as things we should follow, they’re saying that Jesus was not the son of God, and that Jesus did not, in fact, die for our sins. Jewish people believe, in their faith, that the son of God hasn’t yet been born, so many choose to follow these rules.
Most people of course roll their eyes when I explain the translation of the verse (full breakdown found here) but it’s always fun to point out the nature of the rules in Leviticus and the implications of following them.
I’m a theology student and I am on the verge of crying because of how accurate this commentary is. Historical context is simultaneously the most interesting and most important part of interpreting any texts.
Most religious people seem to base their beliefs on things that are severely mistranslated. I wish they would do their research before using the bible for hate.
I studied theology extensively and was going to become a theologist until I switched majors. The above commentary is 100% accurate and what I try to stress in a lot if conversations with Bible Thumpers.
Jesus also affirms the homosexual relationship between the Roman Centurion and his “slave”. The particular Greek word used to refer to this special slave was “pais”. Greek language studies and contexts show that a “pais” was a male love slave. Regular slaves were called “dolos”. The Centurion makes this distinction clearly when he asks Jesus to heal his slave (pais), and then to prove his status he tells Jesus that his slaves (dolos) go when he tells them to. But this slave (pais) was special. He was the Centurion’s lover.
Hearing this, Jesus was so amazed he says he had not found ANYONE ELSE who had such great faith. He then blesses the Centurion and heals his male lover.
THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACHES ABOUT SAME SEX COUPLES.
In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.
reblogging for the comments ^^^^^^
EXCUSE ME WHILE I REBLOG THIS FIFTY MILLION TIMES
This commentary is so powerful. Someone is going to get delivered.
IN OTHER WORDS JESUS BLESSED THEM, AND THEIR UNION!
Yo, while I’m still thinking about it, I’m gonna go ahead and say that I really dislike how everyone’s “go-to” decade for when women were oppressed in American society was the 1940’s. I say this, because it’s usually attached to the sentiment that feminists are no longer needed because that’s when our nation was unfair to women, and all that stuff is over now.
Think back to the 1920’s; women’s suffrage; not only in The United States, but in places like Japan, women were fighting for more equal rights, including the right to vote. Feminist movements made strides in the 20’s! But what happened shortly after the end of World War II? The women who were working jobs to support themselves/their families right beforehand were suddenly told it was unladylike to go out and work — that it was a man’s job. A lot of women seemed to struggle for identity and what exactly the hell they were doing with their lives. Living solely to one day raise a family isn’t exactly a fulfilling existence, for everyone.
It wasn’t until damn near the mid 1960’s, that people started recognizing "Hey, pushing this lifestyle on women is pretty fucked up, because we’re essentially spelling out their entire purpose for existence, for them!"
My point is, yes, there was a pretty crappy sentiment about the feminine lifestyle in the 1940’s, but it wasn’t just a ten year development that went away — and it happened right after the movements that gave women the right to vote. FEMINISM DAMN SURE IS STILL NECESSARY. Because if people perpetuate unequal ideas, it can very well lead to an unequal society; it doesn’t matter how far you think you’ve come. What may seem like “little” issues, to you, aren’t little to the people who actually feel the affects. You may think "Well, the majority of Americans aren’t sexist, anymore" but even then, it is always necessary to challenge the counterrevolutionary ideas of any politician, any news anchor, pop-culture icon; whoever or whatever it may be. It is always necessary to nip that shit in the bud.
I’ll stop there.