notes on feminism and religion

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  • Feminist views on religion
    • evidence of patriarchy
      • most religious orders are male dominated with men taking the ,most important places within the church as like priests bishops and the pope
        • however more women attend then men
      • places of worship in some religions marginalize women or separate them putting them further back then men behind screens in spaces of less religious importance disallowed to read or touch sacred texts due to gender
      • sacred texts often have only male god or have the male gods be more important often showing male profits who had written them and interpreted by men in a demolishing way towards women with anti female stereotypes such as eve from the bible
      • religious laws and customs
        • often heavily favoured towards males like divorce was only possible for men
        • stricter dress codes for women
        • unequal punishment and laxness on domestic viloence seen as a punishment for diobiednce
        • women viewed as only alive to have kids and live as domestic house workers
    • religious feminism
      • wood head accepts that many religions are patriarchal but believes that this is not true of all religions
      • she also believes that it can be used as a tool to gain grater freedom and respect
      • she alos belives that it can sometimes be about perspective for example wetern feminist see the vail worn by muslim women as a form of oppression when in actuality they see it as a symbol of liberation as it allows women to leave the confines of their home and allows them to work and receive education
      • womens positions in some religions are changing for example the church of england their are now women minsters
    • examples and case studies of women oppression by religions
      • in islam if a women is going through ministration they may not touch their holy book as they will spread impurities onto it
      • in acient roman religons priestess were extremely important as they were the only ones who old be oracles men were not able to do this they would often be consulted aboutbattless and important life decisions
      • ancient hinduisum held woemn in the highes regard as they were seenas ther root of strenght and power they have many inportant female gods in fact if one town king or anyone wronged a women it woud be destroyed or the wrongdoer would be killed
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  • the bible has many examples of ligitmiseing the oppression of women
    • examples and case studies of women oppression by religions
      • in islam if a women is going through ministration they may not touch their holy book as they will spread impurities onto it
      • in acient roman religons priestess were extremely important as they were the only ones who old be oracles men were not able to do this they would often be consulted aboutbattless and important life decisions
      • ancient hinduisum held woemn in the highes regard as they were seenas ther root of strenght and power they have many inportant female gods in fact if one town king or anyone wronged a women it woud be destroyed or the wrongdoer would be killed
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    • for example the bible says that The New Testament quotes St. Paul (I Timothy 2) as saying that women “must be silent.”  this is saying that their opinions and thoughts are worthless
    • a Deuteronomy declares that if a woman does not bleed on her wedding night, “the men of her town shall stone her to death. this is saying women live only to have intercourse
    • An Orthodox Jewish prayer thanks God, “who hast not made me a woman.” this is saying that women are worthless
    • The Koran stipulates that a woman shall inherit less than a man, and that a woman’s testimony counts for half a man’s. only  a mans testimony really counts a woman is most likely to be lying

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