Feminist View On Religion

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  • Feminist View On Religion
    • Agree that Religion is a force PREVENTING change and maintaining the power of the most powerful groups -Patriarchal.
    • Karen Armstrong
      • Argues that religion hasn't always been patriarchal. Until religions turned monotheistic and had one 'male' god.
      • In early history women were considered central to spirituality.  E.G. Greek Goddess'
    • Jean Holm
      • Argues in PUBLIC SPHERE men are always dominant. In PRIVATE SPHERE e.g. socialisation of  children into religion was found to have female as dominant.
      • Found inequalities in all major world religions.
        • ORTHODOX JUDAISM
          • Only men can play full part in religious ceremonies
    • KEY STUDY : Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex
      • Religion gives women false belief that their suffering will be rewarded in heaven. Therefore gives women false consciousness, which keeps them in their place. Decieves women into thinking they are equal to men while in reality they as disadvantaged as the second sex
    • EVALUATION
      • Inequality in Sikhism is minimal. Reform Judaism allows women to be Rabbi's since 1972. Church of England now  allows ordination of women and they can also become bishops.
      • Helen Watson
        • Argues that the veiling of women in Islam is not a sign of oppression but a way of protecting women against the 'male gaze'
  • Argues in PUBLIC SPHERE men are always dominant. In PRIVATE SPHERE e.g. socialisation of  children into religion was found to have female as dominant.
  • ISLAM
    • Men make all legal judgements and are religious leaders.
  • CHRISTIANITY
  • God is portrayed as male. Bible was written by men. Only men can become priests

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