Why is that women do not support other women?

@ronaldinu (12440)
Malta
October 17, 2008 10:26am CST
According to BBC News Protesters have gathered outside a mosque in opposition to a woman leading a mixed congregation in Islamic prayer for the first time in the UK The protestors, mainly women protested against the fact that a woman lead the prayers in a UK mosque. Why is that women do not support other women?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
18 Oct 08
You are asking two questions there I think. I don't see why a woman should support the actions of another woman simply because she is a woman. That would be incredibly shallow. However, in respect of leading prayers. That's a different question. I imagine that it is because it is a break away from tradition and women just as much as men, can be very resistant to change.
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18 Oct 08
You have it in a nutshell Pike,this is the way that Islam works,the mosques are for the men to go to prayer,and as you have pointed out that religions are steeped in tradition,not only Islam,but all of them really,and change is something seen as a threat.
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• Canada
19 Oct 08
Women do not support other women because they have been brainwashed by men. They are afraid of what the men will do to them if they do not stroke the male ego. If a lot of these Muslim women are in favour of what the woman in the mosque is going to do, they may get into a lot of trouble from the male authorities in their religion.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
18 Oct 08
The women are brainwashed by people to believe that a woman leading a congregation is a terrible sin and they protest that she is acting out of her role. He role being that she has no place in the world outside of the home. For every woman protesting there will be others who support her but are too scared to show it. I have seen this before in other patriarchal cultures. If men had their way women would be locked in the house and their only role would be to produce children and pleasure him. They would have no right to pleasure themselves and they would be his property. It is unusual in a country like UK where women fought for equality for this to happen but you will always find women who support repression. The important thing is to fight it and help women find a way out of the shadows.
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
18 Oct 08
Its every where ronald,I have experienced it in my family. My sis-in-law(hubby's brother's wife) left no stone unturned to prove to everybody that I am bad, bad bad. She has nothing against hubby but when it comes to me, it seems we have old enmity going on from centuries!
@lillake (1634)
• United States
18 Oct 08
Lot's of reasons. Could be they just don't with someone just for being the same gender. But, looking for negative reasons there are quite a few. Buying into the sexism they have been swimming in their entire lives, hopes that if they go along with the attacks on other women they will be less likely to be attacked themselves, anger and jealousy that someone is doing something they were told they would never be able to do, real fear that women stepping outside the accepted boundaries will bring about the horrible predictions made, or just play old fashioned hypocrisy.
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@desireeo (595)
• Philippines
17 Oct 08
i am puzzled too, and i am a woman. women often complain about not being treated fairly in a society and always having to deal with double standards. if we can't support our own then who would want to support and believe in us? i don't really know the scope of this story but i see nothing wrong with a woman leading a prayer. it would have been entirely different if she was trying to lead a gang to harm other people's lives. Islam is a very conservative religion and maybe it's unacceptable for them to have a woman for a leader but times are changing and i see no harm in trying out modern ways of improving one's congregation...
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
2 Nov 08
Here in my place in the Kuwait to Muslim people if we will have a protest we never do it in front of the House of our God....although they have a reason to protest but the way of protesting is not in the proper place for that reason that other women of Muslim does not joined with the protest...
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
26 Oct 08
In that case, it may be that their religion doesn't accept women as prayer leaders. I've never understood why women are so competitive with each other, we would be more successful and influential if we were.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Oct 08
ronaldinu hi that is puzzling to me. here is the us when I was still working in our local library we were all but one or two women and we did really support eachother so much. the two men used to tease us but I loved the idea of all of us being supportove friends.But muslims thats a whole differne ball game, I never know just what to think of their practices and beliefs.
• United States
20 Oct 08
Do all men support other men? No. So why do womwn Have to support other women. I am assuming the protesters are ultra orthodox Muslims and they believe a man and only a man should lead the prayer.It is about being a purist. I believe there should be two services, one for the purists and another for the more modern. That way no one has to go to a service that offends them or shuts out their participation.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Oct 08
Because it is so ingrained in them, sort of like brain-washing, that women are lessor beings than men. It is very sad but good for those women who are breaking from the norm. It has to start somewhere.
18 Oct 08
Hi ronaldinu, Most Islamic wmomen are opress by men and it drumed into their heads that women should be like men, doing the same thins as men, that is why they are protesting, women are treated as second class. Tamara
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
17 Oct 08
It is just a cultural difference, in some religions and cultures women are considered second class citizens. They also feel that if men are present in the room that woman should not speak. If women were brought up that way, they could be offended by another woman breaking the rules. It is not right. In many countries women get a lot of respect, but still in others they have a long way to go. It is very sad, but unfortunately true.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
17 Oct 08
[i]Hi ronald, In cases like that I am sure it is because of personal feelings like they are jealous and they don't like other women to be successful more that what they accomplish[/i]ed!
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Many times it's the society they live in. The men run everything for the women, they must do as they are told. Hense the men probably made the women go out and protest this so it wouldn't belittle what they think a man is suppose to do and puts the woman back in her place. It's really sad. But all it boils down to is the men their just want control. They have it and want to keep it. They don't want to hear what the women have to say and think very little of them. They are nothing to them but house keepers and to be their at their becon call. Woman in these others countries, I just more of them would stand up for their rights to speak up. And speaking out will come in turn.
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
17 Oct 08
I would certainly like to know that answer too. I remember when our first Female Prime Minister was running for the Post of President for the P.N.P. and the Women's Group that she has toil hard for endorse the man which was Peter Phillips. I don't know if it is envy why some women behave like this.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
17 Oct 08
because they are mean, jealous & vindictive when they want to be.