Manu Smriti on Women

Liberals love to bash Manu Smriti for quotations like the following.  But Purushatma is of the opinion that much of it is sound advice.  Women are wanton by nature, crave leadership and domination (the success of books like Mills and Boon novels, and Fifty Shades of Grey is ample proof of that), and are repelled by weak men.

The exhortation to women to obey their husbands exists in almost all scriptures of the world.  It is therefore not surprising that feminists loves to bash religions and traditional views on marriage.  Making the husbands obey the wives is alright with feminists, though.

On with the quotes from Manu Smriti:

  • It is the nature of women to seduce men in this world; for that reason the wise are never unguarded in the company of females.
  • Women, true to their class character, are capable of leading astray men in this world, not only a fool but even a learned and wise man. Both become slaves of desire.
  • Wise men should marry only women who are free from bodily defects, with beautiful names, grace/gait like an elephant, moderate hair on the head and body, soft limbs and small teeth.
  • Girls are supposed to be in the custody of their father when they are children, women must be under the custody of their husband when married and under the custody of her son as widows. In no circumstances is she allowed to assert herself independently.
  • Men may be lacking virtue, be sexual perverts, immoral and devoid of any good qualities, and yet women must constantly worship and serve their husbands.
  • In case a women, proud of the greatness of her excellence or her relatives, violates her duty towards her husband, the King shall arrange to have her thrown before dogs at a public place.
  • It is the duty of all husbands to exert total control over their wives. Even physically weak husbands must strive to control their wives.
  • Consuming liquor, association with wicked persons, separation from her husband, rambling around, sleeping for unreasonable hours and dwelling – are six demerits of women.
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