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Rapid response to:


Two thousand Pakistani women in four years were victims of “honour” killings, study says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1221

Rapid Response:

Let’s Promote Feminism

Society has always been patriarchal, even in its mythology and religion. The
Book of Genesis says that God, the Father, created Eve to be a companion and
helpmate for Adam. Sadly, women have always been second-class citizens
subordinate to men. I propose that this universal sexist bias against women is
the root of all other bias, including paternalism, elitism, racism, ethnocentrism,
and ageism. The best and most efficient way to correct such bias is to extirpate
sexism and promote feminism. Patriarchies are passé.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA