Orthodox Judaism forbids women and men from even touching or passing things to each other during a woman’s period.
In certain branches of Japanese Buddhism, menstruating women are banned from attending temples.
In Hinduism, a woman is forbidden from entering not only Hindu temples but also her own kitchen.
She must not sleep in the daytime, bathe, have sex, touch others, or speak loudly.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, women are forbidden from receiving communion whilst the Russian Orthodox Church forces women to live in menstrual huts while on their period.
In Islam, women are barred from praying, fasting, touching a Quran, entering a mosque or circumambulation of the Kaaba (not that we mind) and even divorce and sex.
The idea that women are too emotional to be judges, must be secluded or that women are inferior to men stems from “dirty” menstruation and women being seen as inherently sinful. Which is why in many religions, women must ritually purify themselves before they can be deemed “clean.”
This is absurd. We are living in the 21st century.
Maryam Namazie is a political activist and write. She is also spokesperson
for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
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