Know This: Islamic Patriarchy Isn't Special
A short rant
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As alien as it may seem to people who did not grow up in an Islamic household nor were exposed to it, Islam—when you get down to the fundamentals of the ideology—is not special.
The prophet of Islam did not invent misogyny and brutality, he simply made it law. With the help of some valuable resources, a bit of luck, and I can only assume a somewhat persuasive (if not charismatic) personality, he had managed to spread Islam enough to give it the power to last until this very day, one thousand and four hundred years after its creation.
However, know this: if he had successfully spread his ideology to the rest of the planet, and women all around the world lived as Muslim women live today, men would not care.
To believe otherwise, you must believe that men born under the ideology of Islam are particularly evil or stupid. This is simply not true.
Islam is simply a variation of the patriarchy: a colorful addition to the forms of oppression of women in this world. Many of the things that oppress Muslim women today are things that used to oppress western women decades ago.
Many men who don’t know one thing about Islam spew the same misogynistic rhetoric that Islam teaches. They may disagree with Islam upon learning about it, but it is only a matter of specifics. They prefer the oppression of women through sexual exploitation rather than sexual repression.
At the end of the day, however, if they didn’t have a choice, they know they’d get what they want either way. Patriarchy is made for men, and most of them wouldn’t have it any other way.