Band on the Run:
I remember hearing that idiot theory that rape can be "fornication". I wonder who thought that one up! I consider most religions to be hateful towards women and for this reason alone, I feel the world would be well rid of religion in general.
I definitely felt the hatred towards women in the JW religion was overboard. I actually felt, personally, that they were out to "abase" me because I have a decent education/career and am well-spoken and most of all, I have self-esteem. When I examined the whole thing and thought long and hard about it, I came to the conclusion that while it is sad, it is not my problem and I would not allow it to get to me. As far as I was concerned, these men should pray to Jehovah for understanding and tolerance.
What is at the heart of this, I think: pure jealousy. I don't think I am very wrong either. I had some man (non-JW) say to me not so long ago that women today are "lucky" and that most jobs are held by women. I then said to him: "I don't think you would want most of these jobs and you certainly would not tolerate what women put up with". If this is the misconception held by one man, how many others think like him? Other men hate women because they feel aroused by them and then blame the women. And it isn't always because the women are indecently dressed either. These men just have no self-control. Some men are angry that women are in the workforce and should be home baking cookies. Well, too bad. I didn't bring about the Industrial Revolution or the world economic climate either!
So, in my opinion, the bad treatment towards women in the JW and other religions, in general, is partly a mixture of misplaced anger, jealousy (over fallacies and misconceptions). The other unknown part gets into dark, dangerous territory of men's psyche and who wants to go there?