As we became sedentary, life got easier for the males who exploited the weaker members of the group, which included men, women and children. The lords would send out warring parties in order to grab land, women and anything else of value. The men fought and hunted for the master while the women and children worked his fields by hand. The women were treated like cattle. As long as they could give pleasure to the master, work his fields and give him healthy offspring, they were kept and fed.
As the lords increased in power and number, some of their male offspring had more idle time, more time to think. This led to the development of reading and writing, which became a source of perceived supernatural power. As the lords wielded ever greater power over their serfs, they tried to organize them in more efficient and orderly ways. This led to the creation of religions, for those who possessed the written word were thought to be in contact with a higher being. Instilling fear in humans by saying that a god or gods would judge them after death, and send the docile ones to heaven and the unruly ones to hell, was such a successful tactic that it is still in use today. First came Judaism 4kya, followed by Hinduism 3kya, Christianity in 325CE, and Islam in 610CE.
With regards to the Christian Church, the Founding Fathers decided that their religion, the Roman state religion, would apply to all. So, they proceeded to force everyone in the Western Roman Empire to accept the Nicene Creed. They decreed that the new Apollonius, the one they now called Christ, was the Son of God and not a prophet like the Essenes had always believed. In the process, the Christian Church perpetrated one of the worst blood baths in history as millions of Essenes, who weren’t inclined to accept this new doctrine, were either tortured or massacred.
In the meantime, learned scholars with a lot of imagination were plagiarizing all the popular existing myths in order to create the New Testament. They were intent on writing a plausible story of the new Apollonius, while making a few nips and tucks in order to suit the Roman way of life, for the new Apollonius, now called Christ, just couldn’t be a teetotalling vegetarian. Meat and wine had to be added to his diet, and appropriate miracles were incorporated into the New Testament to make this acceptable. And as the Christian Church built infrastructure throughout the Roman Empire, which included monasteries, convents and churches, the poor felt protected and connected for the first time in their history and were quite willing to accept the Nicene Creed. The next step was to anoint Absolute Kings of Divine Right to rule over the different parts of what is today Europe, starting with Clovis in 581CE. Then the Church Fathers, in their effort to create a peaceful and orderly society, promoted monogamy as a reproductive solution. Although it was a needed development and improved the female condition, it was also limiting, in that it meant that married women now had to submit to their husband in every way.
Later, during the colonial period, when the Christian Church became the unofficial Church of North and South America, and as the USA developed into a world power in the 20th century, Christian doctrine spread far and wide. The archaic views of the Christian Church, Catholic or Protestant, on matrimony and reproduction have barely changed. The Church Fathers meant well when they made monogamy and matrimony the social standards, but unfortunately, in the process, it institutionalized male domination.
The Church had a hard time dealing with sexuality, and the Adam and Eve story shows it was very macho from the very beginning. As the story goes, it was Adam who gave birth to Eve with his rib, and it was Eve who made Adam fall from grace. As first man and woman, they were to procreate, but when they started playing house, that is, when Eve had Adam bite into the apple of the forbidden tree, they were chased out of Eden for trying to do just that. Not very shrewd on the part of a master creator! However, the trick was then to have everybody believe that God changed his mind and sent his son down on earth to die on the cross in order to redeem humans from their ‘original sin’, or the ‘reproduction curse’, that was sending hominids straight to hell. Thereafter, if one wanted to go to Eden after death, all he had to do was get baptised in order to be relieved from the ‘original sin’, the ‘existential sin’, or the ‘sin of the flesh’, depending on one’s interpretation.
Because the Church Fathers were very uncomfortable dealing with sex, they devised myths of their own. For instance, they made sure that the mother of the Son of God was a virgin, for such a mother could not be a lowly animal that fornicated. They followed that up by having the faithful believe they were created in the image of God as well, and therefore, did not have sex like animals, but made love.
Ever since women have been unwittingly cast in the role of Eve. They are the morally questionable ones who lead men astray. But luckily for mankind, the Son of God, a man, came to save humanity from the mess caused by Eve. Very macho indeed! That line of thinking is propagated to this day. Let’s take the AIDS epidemic where the media seem to imply that it’s the females who communicate AIDS to the males. Science tells us that the AIDS virus is transmitted by blood contact, and that it was men who were first contaminated when they practised bestiality on primates in Congo. Having sex with a primate can’t happen in the best of conditions to say the least, and when it occurred, it caused lesions to the human penis, and hence the infection. Once infected, human males transmitted it to their partners, male or female, by practising sodomy. The anus not being designed to be penetrated by a penis, lesions in that area necessarily resulted, followed by infection. As for the women who became infected mothers, they transmitted it to their children through the umbilical chord. The fact that it’s the men who are the root cause of this disease is never made clear in the media or in our schools. Why do women continue to bear the brunt of such ignorance, and worse, let themselves be sodomized?
As the Church went forward with its ‘reproduction’ agenda, it continued preaching the 10 Commandments and the ‘you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife’ theme. Monogamy was definitely on their mind, but it wasn’t until the 12th century that the Church made matrimony a sacrament and institutionalized male domination. The bride was told that she had to ‘submit herself unto her own husband as unto the Lord, for as Christ is Head of His Church, so is the husband head of his wife.’ In Pre-Cana, she was even told that she couldn’t deny sex to her husband, use any form of contraception, nor derive pleasure from the sexual act.
It is reasonable to conclude that although the Christian Church gave us social order by keeping the threat of damnation ever present in our minds, and made monogamy the social norm, it did little to emancipate women.