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“Women are property”

Considering this is 2015 and not the Middle Ages, it’s surprising to me how often I see this used. It’s often said that the Bible says that a wife is the property of her husband. Let’s look at the verse they use:

1 Corinthians 7:4 (KJV)

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband–

“SEE?! A WOMAN BELONG TO HER HUSBAND!!! IT SAYS RIGHT THERE SHE IS PROPERTY!!!”, says the hypothetical MRA member. Well, if you would stop interrupting me and let me finish the verse, you’ll see that the Bible never calls women property.

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

You see, the often-shortened verse doesn’t say women are property of their husbands. Both belong to each other. It’s not a master/slave situation, it’s a partnership. Let’s take a look at the verses before that one:

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

I don’t see “women are property” anywhere in there.



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