Religion and Gender Inequality
An analysis of the role of religion in gender discrimination, especially in Canada.
# 104437 | 2,342 words | 8 sources | APA | 2008 |
Published on Jun 13, 2008 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Religion and Theology (Judaism) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Women Studies (General)
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This paper examines the role of organized religion in ideas and practices regarding the social construction of gender. The writer believes that the three religions in the Judeo-Christian tradition, i.e. Judaism, Islam and Christianity, have helped to sustain deeply sexist cultures. The writer argues that these religions are so deeply patriarchal that reform along feminist lines is simply not possible. The writer also points out that the primary religion affecting state decisions in Canada is Christianity, although there are also many Canadian women who are kept subjugated by Islam and Judaism. In conclusion, the writer suggests that the key is to move our society as far away as possible from religious dogma of all kinds. Feminists in Canada must therefore strive to increase the separation of church and state in this country.
From the Paper:"Judaism, Islam and Christianity are similar in that they all espouse the doctrine of belief in one, very-definitely male, god. Therefore, they may be perceived as patriarchal monotheisms, based on an all-powerful, father-like God. This God varies in specifics; for example, whether he is primarily kind and loving, or primarily wrathful and vengeance-driven. However, he is much the same in all the essentials - he is all-powerful, all-seeing, omniscient, and male. Moreover, one could make a strong argument that all three of these gods are also misogynistic."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cheadle, Bruce. (2005). Terror in Europe, Sharia in Canada spark multiculturalism row. Retrieved from http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/07/23/1144815-cp.html.
- International Humanist and Ethical Union. (22 May 2007). IHEU defends separation of religion and state at the Council of Europe. Retrieved from http://www.iheu.org/node/2623
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- Rhoodie, E. M. (1989). Discrimination Against Women: A Global Survey of the Economic, Educational, Social and Political Status of Women. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc.
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