(Original post by tif49)
Firstly, try having some respect and dignity for people and their beliefs when you post, especially as it's clear you don't fully understand them.
Secondly, rather than assuming a mocking tone, people will be much more willing to respond if you ask your questions in a genuine way, this thread isn't to mock, it's to understand Islamic perspectives on women better.
The reason Muslim men are allowed more than one wife is due to the imbalance of the population of the country due to war, migration etc. When there are more women than men, how are those women supposed to find a man? So Islam permits women to marry other married men if they can't find a single man for themselves. Furthermore, I'm quite sure that you have to ask the first wife's permission to marry another.
It also clearly states that unless you can treat them each equally, don't marry more than one.
Then it also ensures that the women in society can all get married and be protected and taken care of. In Islam it is the man's duty to provide for the woman in every way. As we see in western society, there are many vulnerable women who are not taken care of and mistreated. This system ensures all women are protected and can live peacefully and be provided for.
As for your second point. It's not Muslim men that are 'rapists', it is actually non-Muslim men who are. Why is it that rape is so high in western countries? Why do we have so many teenage pregnancies in this country? Why is there so much spread of STDs?
The fact is most men including yourself have a difficult time controlling themselves, so while women are advised to cover up to protect themselves and men, men are told to lower their gaze in front of women in respect to them and to avoid unwanted thoughts. Now tell me, does this make them second class citizens? Or does this give them greater respect, freedom and ensures their protection?
Furthermore, women have all other freedoms anyway. For example, in Islam, money that women earn they may keep for themselves or spend on the family. Men that earn money though are obligated to spend on the wife and kids without exception. This ensures the wife's financial security. Now tell me, is that harsh on women?
Then you showed that Pakistan has the most porn searches. Well if you think Pakistan is a proper Muslim country then clearly you don't know anything at all. Pakistan is the most unIslamic, corrupt country probably in the world. Nowhere near representative of Islam just as Saudi or Afghanistan isn't. The majority of 'Muslims' in Pakistan are by name only.
Then you showed how Afghanistan also has laws against women. Well again, a backwards country which is only Islamic in name. Nothing they are doing is condoned in Islam whatsoever. If you think otherwise, then go and educate yourself first on Islam, not through the biased media, but by independent research through reliable Islamic sources. Ask me where to look if you are genuinely interested.
So let me know if you have any more genuine