I’m not a big believer in the “you reap what you sow” philosophy and the reason for that is that I am a woman. From my viewpoint, I have seen numerous women who live with integrity, work hard, and try to do the right thing only get victimized for their efforts in the end. Don’t believe me? You might be male. Something happened recently in India and in the United States that clearly exemplifies that if you are a woman, you can expect to reap what others sow for you, but you will almost never reap what you yourself sow.
Take 1: The first incidence is the gang-rape of a medical student in India. After working hard to better herself and put herself in a position to heal others, she boards a bus with a male companion and gets gang-raped and dies. Would working harder have made her have a brighter future? No. Was she just selfish and mean-spirited and deserved it from a past life? Unlikely just seeing her choice of profession. Yet, this bad karma that she experiences is also the loss of community good karma. How many people would she have helped heal if she had not been attacked in the first place? It might be she would have eventually saved one of the rapists lives or his father, mother, brother – whatever. Now, she is gone, and she carries the bad karma along with the community. The men aren’t even allowed to be identified by name in the media. India gets poorer and society collapses and no one blames the men. They just took what supposedly is rightfully theirs if the opportunity presented itself. There is no word for “rape” in India, only for “stealing a girl’s honor.” They’re thieves, according to the law, until she died and then they are murderers. Why is that? It has to do with the idea that men own women just like they own cattle and land. They are allowed to take benefit and exploit what they own, but the woman who possesses the body is not the owner.
Take 2: A 16-year old girl is drugged in an American city. Unconscious, her body is dragged from one party to another by a bunch of football players who feel free to rape her because she has no say anymore. Even if she did have a say, it’s unlikely they would have listened to her. The school and community try to cover the rape because the football players are more popular than the girl, apparently. Either way, being male means that you can do any number of “negative deeds” and suffer no consequences. In fact, the rape victim gets to carry the burden of the consequences for you. What did she do to deserve this? The simple answer in their mind is that she is a woman. She didn’t have to do anything to be raped except to show up in a culture where rape is permitted, laughed at, and seen as a nudge/wink boys will be boys joke. Do I believe the football players will come back in another life and be subjected to this behavior? As long as they are men, no. Karma is not equitable when it comes to repayment based on genders yet, in my mind the only direct balance for their crimes is to be raped as men by a bunch of women, and that makes no sense at all because as long as men are owners, they can’t be owned.
Take 3: A woman marries and both her and her husband work. They have a child together. He loses his job, but she retains hers. She carries all the bills and pays for him to go to school so he can change jobs and make more money. He does not contribute to the household in terms of childcare because that’s a woman’s job. He goes to school and pretends he’s on scholarship. Later, he decides he doesn’t need his wife anymore and the younger neighbor looks like a reasonable replacement. He divorces her, pays about $300/month in child support and no spousal support. They were married 8 years, and she leaves with almost nothing and a child to support 24×7 unless she pays $500 for someone else to watch them. She is worse off than before she got married even though she worked harder than her husband and paid more into the relationship and care for the baby. Meanwhile, her husband has a brand new wife, with another income to put in his pocket, extra spending money, and can believe he is a “good parent” as long as he sends the check each month. His work pays off, but her work has indebted her severely and she will remain in that situation until her child is emancipated. Her debtors, her children, and society own her, but she does not own the right to her own money nor the profits of any hard work. After all, didn’t she take her husband’s surname as proof of ownership? Marriage is contract of ownership, nothing more.
Take 4: A woman is working at a Christian-denominated company where all the managers are male. She is the best worker, coming in weekends, handling large projects, going above and beyond the call of duty because she want to work her way up. Finally, a better position above her opens up. She gets rave reviews and told how much they appreciate her work, so she thinks she’s going to be rewarded for all this work. She applies for the new opening and instead of getting it, it goes to the new guy who she hasn’t even finished training yet. For years, she’s been told that if she worked hard she would advance, but it becomes obvious management believes being male is a requirement of any new job above her. She can work herself to the bone, but she will never advance and some spiritual principle of “karma’ is unlikely to ever kick in for her this time or next, if she remains a woman. She ends up working for men who do half the amount of work she does and get paid twice as much. The other employees may be owned, too, but due to the Judeo-Christian male inheritance laws, only the males get to own other worker, women, profits, etc. Women do not get to own anything, even the fruits of their labor. As long as Judeo-Christian law rules, women will never reap what they sow. They will always reap the sins of the males around them, and not the benefits of their own hard work.
For women, the concept of karma ends up being some future wishful thinking that the perpetrators of gender violence and inequality will eventually reap what they sow. If this were true, after 2000 years, we would see it, but we don’t. Women need to wake up and realize they’ve been had. Karma is a victim concept and only applies to males. They are the ones that reap what they sow. The Law of Karma is based on the Law of Male Inheritance. Under patriarchal law, males believe they own everything that they have dominion over all the land, the animals, and ALL THE WOMEN. The saying is that “possession is 9/10ths of the law” but which law? Karma. Women are not seen as human beings, in the eyes of the law. Therefore, women are POSSESSIONS. In order for karma to be active as a HUMANE law, we have to be human beings. By dehumanizing women, the law of karma never applies to them. Only men get to work hard and reap what they sow because the owner of the field is the person that reaps the profit, not the worker who is employed and owned by the landowner. As far as law and karma is concerned, women are not subject to the same laws of inheritance of their good works because they are things, not people, in the eyes of the law. This may be a cruel thing to say, but if you look at how law works and the mistakes women make, it is obvious that this is the foundational belief that enables patriarchy to dominate and benefit by reaping what it hasn’t sown.