Jack Molad

The endless oppression of women

While nothing that I am about to write is anything new, nevertheless it may be a timely comment as the women in Iran and elsewhere are revolting against women oppression.

The oppression of women began in early human history. It was the physical advantage that allowed the male to totally control the opposite sex. Women found themselves subservient to the males and learned to live under the oppressive “whims” of the male. That period of oppression seemingly lasted throughout human’s history, including our own time.

The second period of women oppression began at the birth of Christianity, when Christian priests (Clergy) interpreted the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden disobeying God’s warning, as being “the Original Sin”. That religious claim created the most miserable existence for women in the European continent. A woman who was raped could not defend herself in any court of law.

The third period of women oppression began with the arrival of Islam. Women since the very beginning did not have a chance to be an “independent” person. While most of the infractions were related to their wardrobe, a women could be killed for the slightest offense, like insulting her husband. Women never have had a chance in a Muslim Court of law.

Unfortunately, it seems that religions created and maintained the restricted woman’s way of life. While in modern times, we find women leading their country as prime ministers and members of the ruling parties, yet, a large number of countries are still observing a most restricted way of life for women.

There are other societies which have some restriction for women, mostly social cults which maintain a different way of life for their followers. However, in those social orders, women chose that way of life.

Human obsession to control other humans has been at the “root” of our very existence since the beginning of time.  Whether it is Religion, Nationality, language, economic status, as well as any social structure, men have found a way to control the weak. If, and when, humanity will ever go “down in flames”, it will be its desire to control or defeat others.

Jack Molad

About the Author
Jack Molad was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 during the British Mandate period and fought with the Haganah. Jack set out for the United States to spread Israeli tradition to Jews in the US. He achieved a masters degree at Saint Louis University and established Hebrew programs for traditional Jewish youth in Saint Louis, Omaha, and Dallas. Jack also founded and led Teen Tours, a summer program in Israel for traditional Jewish teens to experience Israel. Jack returned to Jerusalem in 2021, where he resides with many of his children and grandchildren.