Da Vinci Code, women, and Catholicism
From the Steve S
One of the more curious aspects of the cult of The Da Vinci Code is the lack of skepticism
a vast plot to steal from women the feminist freedoms they had enjoyed under "the pagans" who worshipped "the Goddess."
First, pagans didn't worship the Goddess because if they had, they wouldn't have been pagans, they have been monotheists.
Like his New Age feminist sources, Brown is a slave to the intellectual prestige of monotheism.
So, a bunch of goddesses get reduced down to the Goddess because monotheism just seems more respectable.
pagans have tended to mean by it: i.e., fertility goddesses...
Now, you can see a bit of a problem for modern feminists in praising ancient conceptions of women as most sacred when barefoot and pregnant,
Third, hostility to paganism -- that's what the Protestants, Jews, and Muslims complained about ... that Catholicism wasn't hostile enough towards paganism.
Fourth, doesn't anybody remember basic Roman Empire sociology? Early Christianity particularly appealed to women, especially widows........"Christian women had tremendous advantages compared to the woman next door, who was like them in every way except that she was a pagan.
First, when did you get married? Most pagan girls were married off around age 11, before puberty, and they had nothing to say about it, and they got married to some 35-year-old guy.
Christian women had plenty of say in the matter and tended to marry around age 18.
"Abortion was a huge killer of women in this period, but Christian women were spared that.
And infanticide—pagans killed little girls left and right. We’ve unearthed sewers clogged with the bones of newborn girls. But Christians prohibited this.
Consequently, the sex ratio changed and Christians didn’t have the enormous shortage of women that plagued the rest of the empire."
Fifth, the idea that the Catholic Church kept women down is pretty odd: What other monotheistic religion honored hundreds of women as saints?
So, the real complaint in The Da Vinci Code is that The Pill wasn't invented until 1964.
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posted by Steve Sailer at 5/24/2006
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