Monday, July 16, 2007

Saint or Slut

Mere Islam has a post which argues that Islam is not "inherently misogynistic" because Islam has an "ideal of filial piety." In Medieval Christianity, femininity was an archetypal trichotomy. There was the ideal of motherhood, Mere Islam's "ideal of filial piety," most profoundly expressed in the Mary cult which Pope John Paul began to revive. The second and third archetypes are, as one of my professors expressed it, the Saint or the Slut. The virgin saint, of whom Joan of Arc is perhaps the best known example, was contrasted against the loose women who were neither married mothers nor virgin saints. Medieval European Christendom was, as any feminist scholar will inform you, a very misogynistic society. So Mere Islam's contention that the ideal of filial piety argues against misogynism, is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for proving his contention.

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