Friday, April 05, 2013

I’m gonna Greta you all the way up NSFW

First, there’s this. Greta supports Amina Tyler, who posted this picture:

amina

The writing translates as “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” and “fuck your morals”.As a result of posting this picture, Amina – with the collusion of the police – has been kidnapped by her family and locked away.  She’s been threatened with flogging and death and it’s been claimed that Tuscan society will implode because it might “give ideas to other women”.

Let’s hope it does. Let’s hope it gives other women the idea that they alone own their body.

Greta’s comment is powerful in its brevity:.

Greta in support of Amina

Our bodies are ours, even if we have the temerity to be women.

Second, Greta wonders what religion actually gives us.  She turns that question around and asks what I’ve long thought to be a more useful one: “what do people need?”

We know that everything religion provides can be got elsewhere.  A sense of community, a feeling of belonging, a sounding board for ideas, doubts and concerns, a structure that sometimes encourages people do good stuff.  None of this requires religion. 

Greta’s point is that the only thing religion uniquely brings to the party is insistence on belief in made-up things.

And third, read her book. Or give yourself an even bigger treat and get the audiobook. Greta reads it herself and it’s really good.

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