Feminist perspectives of religion

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  • Feminist Perspectives of religion
    • Does not serve the interests of society as a whole but favours men
      • Force preventing social change and maintaining power of the most powerful group- MEN
    • Liberal Feminists
      • Inequality not natural- due to women being socialised differently- reinforced by sexist laws
      • Women's position has improve though
      • Jean Holm
        • Public Sphere men are dominant, whereas in private sphere women are dominant- socialising children
        • Identified inequalities in major religions- Catholicism god, jesus and disciples men, only men can be priests and the bible was written by men
        • Acknowledges that position has improved
    • Radical Feminists
      • Men are responsible for women's oppression, they directly benefit from women's low status
      • Daly 1973
        • Religion infused with patriarchal ideology
          • Provides specific rules for women to follow- Muslim, views form of male domination
      • Kate Millet
        • Men socialised into dominant temperament by society's culture
      • Simone de Beauvoir
        • exploitive and oppressive
          • Produces idea that women should suffer in current lives
          • Deceives women into believing they are equal to men
          • Instrument of male domination- women control religious organisations and claim their authority from religion (e.g. Divine right)
    • Marxist Feminists
      • Role of capitalism reinforcing women's unequal social status
      • Capitalism benefits from domination of women- provides them with workforce
      • Functions as tool of women's oppression under capitalism- church reinforces traditional gender roles that serves RC
      • Traps women in traditional roles- caring for children
      • Transmists patriarchal message- women are profane and imperfect
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