Slimboy and TD:
Regarding the statement that some women prefer a patriarchal system:
I am not a philosopher or even a true feminist, but it was my observation that this was definitely true in the Witness religion. Certain married women and elders' wives who were comfortable, taken care of and with positions of "honor" certainly loved it. Not to mention, they leave the thinking to a man. No need to worry their pretty heads about anything...Some of these women never worked a day in their lives. Lucky them. So, they benefited from the patriarchal system.
I even witnessed how they would target younger single women to do favors. I was one of those younger women. However, I refused to be targeted by these people. Hell no! I worked full-time to support myself and was even criticized for it.
I might also mention that a single woman alone in the JW religion with no relatives there is NOT protected by any patriarchal system. In fact, she is fair game for all the users..Unless, of course, she speaks up and looks out for herself - and they will hate her for that.
These people have no regard for the fact that even though we are in modern times, a woman still has to either get married and have a man support her OR she has to educate herself and get a career---and she has a limited window of time to do it.
All in all, the Witness religion is a very damaging place for a woman.