Interesting Parallels: Patriarchy in Islam and Christianity

I just found a blog called A Sober Second Look, authored by an American woman who converted to Islam in the 1980s but has since deconverted. She uses her blog to muse on her experiences and work through what she had been through. What strikes me from perusing her blog is just how very very similar her experiences regarding patriarchy are to the Christian Patriarchy culture in which I grew up. It’s not that I’m surprised by this, really. It’s just that when I read her articles and want to yell “me too!” and then remind myself that she’s talking about her experiences in Islam, not Christianity, I’m struck to the core by how very similar patriarchy is across cultures and religions.

Here are a couple posts that I found interesting (I may blog more on them later):

How We Were Sold on Patriarchal Religion: Reason #316

The Impact on Our Kids: Internalizing Those Judging Eyes

Dignity and Invisibility

I don’t know about you, but I know I’m going to need to spend a good deal of time perusing this blog’s archives!

Josh was "Just Curious about Girls" and the Rank Hypocrisy of the Duggar Excuse Machine
How Being an Older Sibling in a Big Duggar-Like Family Is Like Being a Polygamous Sister Wife
How Treating Sexual Thoughts as "Sin" Undermines Relationships
Sexual Purity and the Pool Battle Plan
About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.


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