I just read a “New York Times Article” entitled “Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/opinion/ultra-orthodox-jews-and-the-modesty-fight)
This article deals with a current problem in Israel between the ultra-Orthodox and the rest of Israeli society “…over women’s place in society, over their very right to have a visible presence and to participate in the public sphere…We are told that they arise from a religious concern about modesty, that women must be covered and sequestered so that men do not have improper sexual thoughts. It seems, then, that a religious tenet that begins with men’s sexual thoughts ends with men controlling women’s bodies.”
If the ultra Orthodox Jewish men had their way, all women would dress like walking tents, just like Muslim women must do. The article states that “This is not a problem unique to Judaism. But the Talmud, the basis for Jewish law, offers a perhaps surprising answer: It places the responsibility for controlling men’s licentious thoughts about women squarely on the men.” The question is, if it’s in the Talmud, why don’t the men know this? Probably for the same reason that the some Conservative Christians pick and choose what is most important to them in the Bible. Actually both groups mostly pay attention to anything directly or indirectly relating to sexual behavior and thoughts.
The super-religious generally think sex education is evil and leads to immorality. My personal belief (and I take total responsibility for what I write here) is that religion, itself, is the source of all evil. The words of the Talmud and the rules therein were written by men throughout the ages. I am certain that the words of the Torah and the Bible were also written by human beings who say this is the word of God in order to be able to control other humans. Their motives may have been to gain power, or to gain wealth. The rules within these books have been translated and re-translated, evaluated and re-evaluated by men for thousands of years. Yet they are believed by many to be the actual word of God that must be obeyed.
So I have written some new non-religious rules. I imagine that the people who most need to hear about them will only be angry with me. But it’s my stab at regaining sanity in this world. I don’t imagine that most people will take me totally seriously, but then again, neither do I.
#1. Sex education is mandatory for all, beginning at an early age and extending well into adulthood. There will be a mandatory test every year while children are in school, and in their young adult years. After that, it can be less frequently. Older people need to take it periodically to make sure they remember and they don’t make unnecessary rules that younger people must obey.
#2. Every human must understand what psychological projection is. There will be a mandatory test every year to make sure people remember. If they don’t pass, they have to go to jail or stay in the basement.
#2. Every man and boy must be given subscriptions to Playboy and Hustler. They are ordered to fantasize and play with themselves in their rooms several times a day and get it out of their systems so when they go out on the street, they are not so sexed up.
#3. All political candidacy and office must be limited to older women and men with low sex drives. Younger and most older men are ruled by their sex drive, and younger women can’t totally be trusted either because of their nesting urges, high degree of sexuality and need to attract a man.
#4. Get all this Viagra and Cialis stuff off the market. If you can’t get it up, too bad for you. It’s only meant to be for a certain number of years anyway. Women know this.
That’s as far as I have gotten. If anyone has any further ideas, please be sure to share.