My biggest problem with this whole issue, is we are adopting the attitudes and behaviors of alien, non-Afrikan cultures. This includes both the Afrikan diaspora and the continent. Through the ideology and philosophy of religions, women have been stripped of their divinity, the font of their dignity. In Merlin Stone's When God was a Woman, she documents that the scourge of misogyny followed in the wake of patriarchal Indo-Aryan conquerors. Thus, misogyny developed in the ancient East, in area ravaged and later settled by descendants of these Indo-Aryans. Judaism she points out, was one of the religions that embraced this misogyny to a greater extend than others, and its stress on God being only male, and the removal of female deities/angels, would have dire consequences on their society, and on the people influenced by their ideas and teachings. Thus, we see the same misogyny in Christianity and Islam, which were both derived and inspired by Judaism. However, the Indo-Aryans inspired and influenced other religions and areas of the world as well.
Aryans left their mark on early India, as the conquering Indo-Aryans attacked the settle communities established by Afrikan migrants from what is present-day Somalia. And rather than bring civilization as history books often inform us, the Aryans brought death and destruction, One of the most immediate casualties of Aryan conquest was the role and power of women. Before the arrival of the Aryans, the people of Mohenjo-Daro treated their women as goddesses. However, with the arrival of the women-hating Aryans life for women would change in unimaginable ways.
All of the following demonstrate Aryan misogyny:
1-Female infanticide developed as a solution to a family producing too many females, of which a father had to pay huge wedding dowries to the bridegroom’s family. This was a financial burden that families found unbearable, consequently, the practice developed. Holy Aryan texts say:
“Tasmat striyam jatam parasyanti ut pumamsam haranti“
Translation: You should reject a female child when born, and take up a male.”
2-Child marriages were common in Aryan India. Hindu texts prescribe that the best partner for a man is one-third his age. This would mean that ” A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl of eight years of age; if (the performance of) his duties would otherwise be impeded, he must marry sooner.” [Manu Smriti]
3-Wife-Burning was a common custom. If a husband accused his wife of infidelity, the council of village elders would then order an ordeal by fire. The accused wife would be required to pass through a blazing flame. If she died that was proof of her guilt; but even signs of burns would be taken as proof, hence we would be put to death. The cultural prototype for this custom was Sita, Ram’s wife. She was required by Rama, to pass through the fire ordeal after her return from Sri Lanka.
4-Sati was introduced into the area by the Aryans around 1500 B.C. It was custom of the burning of a woman after the death of her husband. (En masse sati was jauhar.) It was sanctioned by Hindu sacred texts, and its practice continue till today in many villages in India.
With the recent rape and death of a young woman in India, the historic misogyny of that land, which had been under the radar is now center stage. Whereas the Middle East, Afrika, and South Africa in particular, have held the misogyny spotlight, India, because of its Aryan past, has always had an abundance of women-haters.
All cultures have features and traits deemed undesirable by alien cultures. Even ancient Kemet, in terms of it spiritual system and concept of divine kingship, is mocked by Western culture, despite the tremendous influence it has had on the seed culture of Western civilization, ancient Greece. However, I am still waiting for documentation that shows that women of ancient Afrika (Kemet, Nubia, Punt and Wagadu (Ghana)) and precolonial Afrika were even remotely treated like women in other parts of the world. This is not to said that we will not find traditional cultural practices one might find diagreeable or even deplorable. (Many people have condemned female circumcision or the entire category labeled Female Genital Mutilation.) And let's not mention Westernize Afrika, which lives in the shadow of Western culture and ideas, and desires in many ways to be more European than the European. South Afrika, the most Westernize nation, is a case in point. It has been in the news for the staggering increase in the number of rapes, especially against young girls. This rise is attributable to the misinformation that sex with a young girl could cure AIDS. This is a sad state of affairs when we consider that Afrika historically has been the land where violence against women has been relatively unknown. This has been the case primarily because of the Afrikan belief in male-female reciprocity, the pivotal role women played in being custodians of the land, and the fact that society was matrifocal.
I guess my point is that even though the misogyny in hip hop is entirely unacceptable, it only touches the tip of the iceberg of misogyny. Which is all the more reason we should address it; and more importantly, address the declining state of black/Afrikan male-female relationships. And it must start with us discarding alien worldview and religions.
When was the last time you gave your ancestors some thought? Does Mother Earth need a hug?