Such paranoia and fear has prompted many religious figures to condemn feminism byusing their beliefs as their backup. It is arguable as to the extent that religions discriminateagainst women, but irrefutable that every major religion that describes the roles of a man and awoman, in some way or the other attach a more subservient role to women. Such beliefs areunfortunately exploited by ultra-conservative men such as King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whosupports laws restricting women from being allowed to drive and men like Pat Robertson here inthe United States, a famous televangelist who was quoted in 1992 saying that “
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practicewitchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
” (“Equal Rights Initiative in IowaAttacked”, Washington Post, August 23, 1992). Now, neither one of these men uses logic in their arguments and beliefs against women,other than the fact that their religious beliefs dictate that women are not equal to men and that if they were to accept such logic they would both be forsaking their beliefs, their gods and makingit easier for women to achieve the same status they achieved, making women more secure andmaking them more insecure.The other social force that is destroying feminism is the popular media. Today there aredozens upon dozens of different television shows, magazines, tabloids, movies, songs etc. telling people what is good and what is bad, what is fashionable and what is ordinary, what is sexy andwhat is un-sexy. If you open up a magazine such as “Vogue” or “Bazaar” or turn on the MTVchannel some of the first things you’ll see are advertisements for a new skin cream, lipstick,mascara etc. all of which will supposedly bring out a woman’s “true natural beauty”, as if a