It’s crazy Bible verse Tuesday and this week’s topic is sex, marriage, and misogyny.
“Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, ‘Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.’ This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it.” – Esther 2:2-4
The king needs a new bride, so several virgins are brought forth before him for him to choose one. Does the woman have a choice? Nope. On top of that, the women are not presented straight to the king on arrival. They are first given beauty treatments. Apparently they were not beautiful enough for the king and therefore needed more beauty treatments to be presentable to the king.
The virgin chosen is Esther. This verse is not a direct command from God, but God does nothing to stop it. Combine this with God’s other commands in the Bible that do support misogyny and raping of women and you have yourself one screwed up “creator”.