Feminism and Religion

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  • Feminism and Religion
    • Gender Inequality
      • Armstrong
      • Early history saw women as focus of religion (goddess)
      • Monotheistic religions replaced polotheistic, focus on male gods.
    • Large scale religions
      • Holm
      • Men dominate the public sphere of religion
      • Women perform most private sphere jobs e.g. socialisation
      • Examples: Women cannot become priests
    • God is a male and father figure, as well as Jesus and the disciples (Christianity)
    • Men interpreted and re-wrote the Bible
    • Women cannot practice religion when menstruating of after birth (Hinduism)
    • Yang spirits are more powerful and associated with men not women (Chinese folk)
    • Most equal religion as any gender can work way up hierarchy (Sikhism)

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