So much love for this.
In New York City it is completely legal for women to be topless. Meet Moira Johnston - she walks around the Union Square area topless to exercise her legal right to be equal.
It’s not just NYC, it’s all of New York state! (And since I’m moving this week in inhumanely hot weather, I might just take advantage of my equality under the law!)
Anyone else notice that the only people (shown on camera at least) against this woman showing her breasts was religious? “It’s a sin”, “it’s against God’s law”. THIS is what religion can do. It shames your body, it makes you ashamed of your natural state of being, and not just physical either: it’s the theists who oppose homosexuality. God fucking damn it.
So don’t just blame the Muslims for having conservative dress codes: Christian fundies can be just as bad.
Good on this girl, I’m inspired to look up the laws regarding this for Wellington.
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Some portions of this passage are bolded to outline the doctrine of original sin. The doctrine can be best understood by the words “sin entered the world through one man.” However, due to the myths of other cultures (i.e. Enuma Elish) and due — in greater part — to the Theory of Evolution, it is fairly simple to conclude that the man of original sin — Adam — did not exist. It is important to note that there are Christians who no longer accept the Creation myth in Genesis, but still accept the supposed redemptive power of the sacrifice of Christ. Well, how can one not accept the original sinner, but accept the redeemer? It’s illogical and thus, Christians who have adjusted their beliefs in such a manner are automatically discredited by the question alone. On the other hand, there are Christians who still believe the Creation myth to be true. However, how can they reject the parallels this myth has with that of other cultures? Moreover, how can they reject the Theory of Evolution — a theory that has substantial evidences in many respective fields of science?
There are only two conclusions: 1) If there was no original sinner, as the evidence strongly suggests, Jesus Christ died for nothing because there was no original sin due to the absence of an original sinner. 2) Jesus Christ did not exist because the original sinner did not exist. If there is no original sinner (the first Adam), then there is no need for a redeemer — “the last Adam” as 1 Corinthians 15:45 would posit. Ultimately, both conclusions destroy Christianity at its core. If Christ existed, he died for nothing and the message of salvation is reduced to an abstraction. If he didn’t exist, then the entire basis of Christianity is ripped from its roots. This is indeed the final nail in the cross.
One would like to believe that this is the case. :)
I’ve considered this.
The thing that makes me uncomfortable is, the reasons for wanting to cover up are usually negative: the woman has been taught that her body isn’t beautiful enough, or it’s inherently sinful and bad, or it’s a temptation to men (which is the main justification I’ve seen from Muslim clerics). So it’s not the covering up itself that’s the problem, it’s the misogyny behind it.
On the flip side, yes, there are equally bad reasons to expose your body. Compensating for thinking you’re not beautiful enough, pandering for attention. Misogyny there too.
As an atheist, I see women covering up mostly for religion, so that makes me more uncomfortable than anything. I feel bad for those Muslim, orthodox Jewish, Mormon and other conservative Christian women because their religions have beat it into their heads that there is something evil about their bodies.
When it truly is a woman’s choice to expose or cover her body, no, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s her comfort, her expression of her body.
I just hope she’s thinking about it and making the choice for herself, and not doing it purely out of social or religious pressures.
Now if it were up to me, we’d all be naked all the time. But that’s me.
I had bookmarked this for later to type up my own criticism of it, but you’ve nailed it perfectly. I completely and utterly agree. I struggle with the hijab/burka/veil etc. On the one hand, as a feminist, I believe we should have the right to choose how much to cover up. On the other hand, when the reasons behind covering up are a) your whole family/community does it so you would be the outsider, or b) you have been convinced to believe you will get sexually harassed if you don’t, or c) your body is a vessel of sin and should be covered, or d) tradition, or a mix of all three, I see a problem.
I have been thinking this over a lot recently, and have more to say on the topic, but I’d better not get into it now, I have too much to do >.< This whole concept of ‘choice’ is a very tricky one indeed.
You are accountable for your own sins.
If there is no plan and we are all insignificant, why go on living?
My answer, of course, was the knowledge that there isn’t a plan or a purpose is one of the best things about being an atheist. Let me repeat that… it is one of The Best Things.
No magical being is “allowing evil” to happen. We are not defined by the “sins of our fathers;” suffering is not virtuous. Death really is the end.
It is so incredibly freeing to finally realize this. To understand what it means for our species and for our world. A belief in a “plan” breeds complacency and helplessness. Recognizing evil for what it is breeds activism. Feeling trapped by the weight of “sin” means you spend your life on your knees asking to be forgiven. Realizing you are what you do gets you to your feet and inspires you to change something."