A machine to check their purity

Via Barry Duke at The Freethinker

Prayar Gopalakrishnan, above, the new head of the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala, sparked outrage after saying that women would only be allowed to enter the temple after a machine was invented to check their ‘purity’.

According to this report, Gopalakrishnan told reporters at the Kollam Press Club:

These days there are machines that can scan bodies and check for weapons. There will be a day when a machine is invented to scan if it is the ‘right time’ for a woman to enter the temple. When that machine is invented, we will talk about letting women inside.

That’s so interesting, isn’t it? I wonder if Prayar Gopalakrishnan has any idea how he got here. I wonder if he realizes how heavily his existence depended on his mother’s reproductive equipment, including menstruation. I wonder if he has any clue at all that menstruation isn’t “impure” or “dirty” but just the shedding of the endometrial lining that would have nourished an embryo had one been implanted – an embryo like the embryo that Prayar Gopalakrishna once was. That stuff is fetus breakfast lunch and dinner, and it’s very kind of women to provide it. It is not a reason to banish women from things.

Fucking patriarchal religion.

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