Believing is Seeing....so is Seeing is Believing?

What we see and hear, all impacts women directly and indirectly…it affects all of us that way.  So in a world full of religion, it may just have done so in a negative way. I recently interviewed a fellow journalist who happens to work for a publication that focuses on social issues in New York. He was kind enough to answer my questions and what is interesting about this gentleman, is that he does not define himself under a specific religion.

This man’s observance of the world thus far through what he does for a living, has led him to the conclusion religion is rooted in a man’s “ownership” and the “Good Book.”  If this is the case, it’s a note we really should focus on when empowering women. Likewise, enough change isn’t going to happen until we enough men are our side and see the need for change and the benefits of it. Fortunately, it seems we have a few recruiters in our corner as you will see below. Read on:

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Interviewee’s Name: Andre Watson    Occupation: Journalist, Writer

Eve:  What is your religion?

Watson: “I am not religious and prefer not to elaborate.”

Eve:  Do you feel religion effects the development of women or men in a negative way at all? Do you feel it has more negative effects on women’s identities than men? 

Watson: “I definitely think it affects (both) men and women in a negative way. With the way women are portrayed at the very beginning of the so-called “Good Book,” it was etched in stone that women are secondary, in the background and exist only to serve men. The Bible has taken a bigger toll on women, of course, because of such things.”

Eve:  I will be looking at many popular religious stories. But for now, referring to the general story of Adam and Eve in the Bible, why do you think Eve is portrayed as doing the wrong thing by giving Adam that apple?  Do you really think she was completely wrong?

Watson: “I think it’s a double whammy regarding this question. First, it tells people that you shouldn’t want to know everything and that you should leave it to “God” to show you “the way.” Second: It tells you that Eve, as the first woman, is responsible for the original sin. What else are people able to deduce from this other than don’t think and women are second-class citizens?”

Eve:  Do you know of any religious stories from your religion or other religions that you feel could be having a negative effect on women? If not that’s fine, but please share if you do:

Watson: “I think the news we see every day around the world is a good enough example of that.”

Eve:  Women are often portrayed in a negative light in many societies, whether there are religious factors or not associated with such treatment. Why do you think that is?

Watson: “I think it all stems from some sort of religion or the concept of ‘ownership’ in our society. With the invention of agriculture and human tribes separating, ownership became much more important and men started to take over as the center of the family. Women and all other “objects” on the farm were considered part of a man’s property.”

Eve:  At the moment there are 31 female leaders in 28 self-ruling countries. None of them include the United States of America. Do you agree that progression within the female gender is slow in America?  If so, why do you think that is? What about the rest of the world, what is your opinion?

Watson:  “I think when money and power comes into play; it takes a bit longer for women to make advances. With America being the richest and most powerful nation in the world for a long time, there wasn’t much of a reason to change. If not for protests and sometimes violence, we probably wouldn’t have changed at all. When you’re not a power, you have more of a chance to “experiment” and try new things.”

Eve:  Women are picked apart throughout their stages of development around the world. Where or what do you think this socially dysfunctional idea of dissecting the identity of women comes from?

Watson: “Squarely from us men and many women have followed suit. I like to consider myself enlightened, but even I can sometimes reduce a woman strictly to her looks and nothing else. I think a little objectification on all sides is good (it plays a role in sexual attraction), but I think looking at a woman as nothing else but an object is where things go awry. It’s the society we have built and it will take a while to divorce us of that mentality outside of bedroom desires.”

Eve:  What do you think a woman should do to know herself more as a person?

Watson:  “Simply be comfortable in her own skin and march to the beat of her own drum. A woman who is sure of herself and carries herself that way attracts a huge amount of people no matter how they look (I think).”

Eve:  I’m not even sure if material possessions I own really convey who I am as a person. Yet people rely so much on them, some have even died for them. Do you think material possessions define who people are? Do you think it’s a problem?

Watson: “It depends on what those material possessions are. And yes it is a problem. With a society that’s based on consumerism a person’s worth is going to be determined by how much they “own” or how many possessions they have. I am not sure how to fix it though."

Eve:  Do you feel women are strong as a gender? What do you think women need to do to become stronger and more powerful in this world?

Watson: “They have to be strong in order to put up with as much crap as they do from us men, haha. But as long as they stay the course, with the help of men finally getting the picture, true equality will eventually be achieved.”

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So what I am deducing here, is that we need to get more men on our side. To do that, things HAVE to change. We can’t just let things slide, accept things for the way they are and never accept that things can’t change. Women can easily be the force of it, for we are the reason the world even exists. Without us creating life, there would be no life.

The trick is, we just have to WANT to do it. For goodness sake ,we know that we NEED it, we just need to get moving.

Thanks as always for reading! What are your thoughts? Please be tactful if you leave a comment, thanks :-).

 

All the Best,

~Eve

 

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