Patriarchy, religion, and spirituality

I recently watched the 2021 documentary Knots: a Forced Marriage Story. As one reviewer puts it: “In succinct and gnawing first-person interviews, three women detail how intense parental pressure, teenage gullibility and isolation forced them into marriage with people they barely knew”

Two of the women were 19 when they got married. One was 15 when she had a ceremony for a “spiritual marriage” before being sent to another state with parental permission to get legally married. None of the women had the resources or knowledge to say no to the union; they…