Are all religions patriarchal?
- It has not always been the case that women are subordinates in religion
- In many ancient religions; Egyptian and Greek, there are female godesses
Leila Ahmed (1992) and Helen Watson (1994) argue that:
- the veiling of women in some Muslim communities in Britain and some Islamic countries can be interpreted as a form of resisting patriarchy
- it provides an independant female and frees them from male harrassment
- the veil can also be seen as a symbol of female and ethnic identity and as a sign of Muslim pride in resistance to a patriarchal Western culture which treats women…