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Rastafarian Women
« on: April 22, 2008, 05:23:02 PM »

I haven't been there for a long time. and I have some questions about Rastafarian women: I'll be very thankful if someone give me answers :) don't judge me to strong, because I am new to Rastafari and my English is not perfect at all :)
1. Do Rastafarian Women use the cosmetic products ( including medicine cosmetics) and why?
2. how should Rastafarian women be dressed ( do they wear pants or only skirts?)
3. What is the role of the woman in the Family?
4. What about the nails and the body hair?
5. Do Rastafarian women work and what jobs are the best for them?
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008, 06:50:29 PM »

 bless up Desta,

there are no hard and fast rules, and you should do only what you are comfortable with, although most of us do follow some dress code to an extent.

the use of makeup is not encouraged, but most women use some body and bath products, not tested on animals, and as natural as possible.. there is nothing wrong with using oils to moisturize or natural soaps ect

A rasta woman should dress modestly, whether you wear pants is up to you, but you should wear clothes that dont reveal too much flesh, so mini skirts are out in public.. nothing wrong with dressing for your man behind closed doors tho! ;)

the womans role is generally of mother, wife, teacher and all things that contribute to a happy household.. just the same as any considerate partner in any religion. most of us go to work, if we can, but it depends on how you feel.

nails.. false nails are not good, nail polish is not natural so i would not wear it personally.. if you want to shave your body hair, its up to you. some do , some dont.. i personally do.. but i wouldnt go to extremes, if you understand.

whatever job makes you happy is right for you.. obviously not a prostitute or escort tho!! most rasta women chose jobs that contribute to the community, such as in schools or in social work, but you can do anything you feel will fulfill you.

hope this helps a little,

Queen J
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008, 01:19:25 AM »

bless up Desta,

there are no hard and fast rules, and you should do only what you are comfortable with, although most of us do follow some dress code to an extent.

the use of makeup is not encouraged, but most women use some body and bath products, not tested on animals, and as natural as possible.. there is nothing wrong with using oils to moisturize or natural soaps ect

A rasta woman should dress modestly, whether you wear pants is up to you, but you should wear clothes that dont reveal too much flesh, so mini skirts are out in public.. nothing wrong with dressing for your man behind closed doors tho! ;)

the womans role is generally of mother, wife, teacher and all things that contribute to a happy household.. just the same as any considerate partner in any religion. most of us go to work, if we can, but it depends on how you feel.

nails.. false nails are not good, nail polish is not natural so i would not wear it personally.. if you want to shave your body hair, its up to you. some do , some dont.. i personally do.. but i wouldnt go to extremes, if you understand.

whatever job makes you happy is right for you.. obviously not a prostitute or escort tho!! most rasta women chose jobs that contribute to the community, such as in schools or in social work, but you can do anything you feel will fulfill you.

hope this helps a little,

Queen J

I see,that's very interesting to know about the do's and don'ts for women. :)
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2008, 05:00:20 PM »

Thank you very much for your answer, Joanna.
I think it is the right way not to go to extremes. and what about relationships with her man? I suppose he is considered to be the leader in the relationships. in what way? can he forbid something to her? I understand that in the ideal relationships they should be partners.

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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008, 07:26:02 PM »

Bless up,

any man that thinks he has the right to dictate to or control his wife, or to beat, cheat on , subject or humiliate her, in my opinion is NOT a rasta man. a rasta man treats his woman as a queen, listens to and values her opinion, and works with her, not against her, in raising the family. i would certainly not allow any man to forbid me to do something, but i would sit down and reason as to why he objects, and try to compromise.
 
most men like to take the traditional bread winner role, while the woman takes the role of nurturer. both partners compliment the other, so it should be equal, though saying that, rasta men are unfortunately still men after all ::) .. just kidding guys!!..and may want to exert their manliness the same way other men do!!!

in my relationship, i do sometimes like him to take the lead on discipline with the kids,because i get fed up of repeating myself and cant be bothered  and in situations where i may not feel confident,  i will let him do the talking.. where financial and business matters are concerned, or where i feel he will benefit from a little ego massage. i also do most of the cooking, but he does the cleaning as i have mobility problems,and the lifting, so we share the load really.
 where he excels is in caring for me, by worrying that i'm ok,(he worries when i travel, bless him.. i rarely reach a destination without him calling to check i'm safe), by always speaking to me gently,even when we disagree, and by supporting me emotionally when i am in pain or feeling weak physically and/or spiritually.. sometimes it's good to know that i am being taken as much care of as the children are even tho i'm a grown woman.

i think its important as a rasta woman to support your partner, to behave in a dignified manner, and to sometimes let him think he is the boss..it doesnt hurt any.. even tho we all know that behind every great man is a greater woman, and that there is more than one way to skin a cat!! (that means that sometimes its a good idea to let them believe they have thought of something all by themselves ;))

Queen J

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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008, 09:59:09 AM »

thank you again, sister. your words come from your heart. it is very good. unfortunately in Russia (my native country) there are few Rastafarians and even fewer women among them. and there is little information about Rasta women in Russia, so some women often go to extremes :(
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2008, 06:23:52 AM »

You know sistah,
just as downpression and injustice of peoples due to their skin-colour makes me feel angry and disgusted
downpression and injustice towards women makes me very upset, angry and indignant
all over the world we see evidence of this
here in the "west", although I live in Australia, which is technically in the asian arena now, we see exploitation and the treatment of woman as sexual objects as a common theme
in the far east, middle east and africa, woman are expected to be completely subserviant to their men, in many instances, doing the vast majority of mundane, daily, necessity tasks, such as childcare, foodprep, shopping, gardening, washing, cleaning while the men tend to decision making, war, empire building, spiritual and religious matters, achieving status.....
Rasta women are often not elevated above this, altho this is something some of us wish to see change
often we have an unfair workload and are expected to be superwomen, while maintaining subserviance to the "male ego"........
as a spiritually minded woman, I know this is unjust, as I know the "boys club" mentality that rules the day is not what our true examples, namely His Majesty, laid down for we
Mary Magdalene was clearly closest to The Christ in the form of Jesus and there is no evidence to support HIM as a sexist man
Sellasie spoke in favour of education for women and it is obvious that, in order to
balance the scales" to achieve true equality of rights, we as women must educate ourselves and pursue higher levels of skillbuilding, even when overloaded with mundane daily tasks
we must be fully equipped to reason with our menfolk, to patiently and persistently work for equal rights and raspect as Spiritual equals not inferiors, we must challenge the precept that women must work overtime plus for less or no pay, we must insist that we NOT be taken for granted
we must not let men continually "mooch" off us, as they that do are still little boys sucking off the breast of the Mother/matter, we need to demand that, when they sire children, they are MEN, and MEN provide, nurture and nourish their womenfolk AND their children , (spiritually as well as physically), so that the women are freed to give their children everything they need to grow up strong and confident......and freed to give to themselves as well, to become fuller and wiser people and thus able to give more to their children, brothers , sisters and partners....
Yesus set this example
 His Imperial Majesty Sellassie had his Empress crowned with Him, on the same day, thus signifying the raspect for Her as His equal and companion, not his inferior and an 'afterthought" as was previously practised by the ruling trodition by having the Empress crowned the next day.
a main fault with mainstream religion is this blind, arrogant, male-supremacy notion and its got to go
We must realize that men and women are two halves of One Whole, we need each other, we worship the Ivine in each other, we support each other and we listen with raspect and appreciation to each other.
We also love and raspect and acknowledge the feminine principle of Shekinah, the Whole-I Spirit and the feminine principle of earthy matter, which gives us our present day learning ground and exploration of Spirit thru actualized material sense of life.....
thus paving the way for a new day of living in harmony with the universe and Ivine spirit
OneLove and Guidance
sistah Nya
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2008, 12:51:30 PM »

Bless up,
well said , sistah..knowing a little of your family, i know you are as fortunate in Radic as i am in my partner, possibly more so as you have such a long history of love and mutual support.. which is how a Rastaman should be with his Queen. i support my King because he is deserving of it, i behave in a dignified way because that is what i believe my Father wants me to do, and because it make ME feel good.. and i am smart enough to know that men are basically children and need to be treated as such... not mollycoddled,and not all the time, but sometimes given the same care you would give an overtired two year old ;) if my man treated me badly i would be long gone.. i know that Jah loves me enough to want me to be safe and happy, the warning signs would show themselves early if it was going to be that way, and  as a Rastawoman who knows what she is worth, i  would have to get out for mine and my childrens sake.

there is a reason a mature woman in our faith is addressed as a Queen, and a man who bestows that name on his partner has a duty to remember why that title is used. we are Royal, chosen of Jah, we walk with love, compassion  dignity and  a peace that is remarkable in this day where women are duped into believing they must be unpaid , or even paid ,whores in order to have any meaningful existence.. an age where celebrity and instant gratification are the only acceptable paths to follow.
 
it is a difficult path we have chosen, to walk in the opposite direction of our peers. we will be ostracized, viewed with suspicion, misunderstood and ridiculed by the general population, purely on first glance by our refusal to dress as everyone else, and by the way we wrap our heads or wear our hair. we will be considered doormats,emotionally weak, bullied, easily led and subjected.all because we see what is wrong with society and want nothing to do with it.
  in reality, nothing could be further than the truth. Rastawomen are the strongest i have ever come across, our ability to look for the good, to open our arms and our hearts to our sistahs without seeing them as competition or to undermine them is unequalled in any peer group i have been involved with. we are so smart, so capable, so at ease with ourselves (for the most part, if we are not having it beaten out of us by a wolf in sheeps clothing calling himself a Rastaman).we have no need to big ourselves up, (she says, bigging us up!!!) which is probably why we are considered weak, because we know what we are, what we are capable of being and the only person we ask for approval of should be the Almighty.

a man that has such treasures in his wife should only love, cherish and show her the utmost raspect.. any other treatment is not fitting of a King, and a man who does so is not a man of Jah.. and i defy and will expose any man that thinks otherwise!!

Queen J
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2009, 05:11:22 PM »

GOOD DAY TO YOU RASTA QUEEN, I AM NEW TO THE RASTAFARIAN CULTURE AND I AM ALSO CONFUSED ON MY ACTIONS AS WELL AS THE GUIDELINES I AM TO SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY NEW INSIGHT ON YOUR POSTINGS? I AM WORKING ON BEING HUMBLE AND OPEN TO OTHERS CRITICISM WITHOUT MUCH REACTIONS. . .  IT IS HARD FOR ME BUT I COULD USE ANY INSIGHT THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED.
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Re: Rastafarian Women
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2012, 01:44:18 PM »

I 2 am n search of knowledge, while vibing with my kingman he said i should search for other females to reason with for I 2 learn more of the female ways.  This thread has been most helpful.   ;D
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