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Is religion compatible with feminism?

Religion is not compatible with feminism

Religion is institutionally patriarchal. It serves to oppress women and their rights. Religion has the impact of oppressing women's voices, presence, sexuality, and autonomy.

Religion promotes patriarchy

All mainstream religious values seem to assert the dominance of man. Women are regarded as inferior and given the status of property. They are kept at home to produce children and foster an environment for man to thrive in.

Religion oppresses women

Religious scriptures are used to oppress women, whether it in everyday life by denying socio economic opportunities, to utilising religion to justify abuse against women, both at home, or in conflict.

Religion restricts female rights to abortion

Religious beliefs on the value given to life, has impinged heavily on women's rights to abortion. This has led to many fatalities for women due to infections from miscarriages, and illegal methods of abortion. This particularly impacts women from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

Religion is compatible with feminism

More active women leaders in religious roles are at the table promoting gender equality. Some genders are matriarchal and promote the ideal of female sexuality for pleasure. Freedom of religion, and diversity of religion protects women from oppression.

Theologists strive to achieve gender equality

Women are increasingly engaging with religion and taking measures to access leading religious roles to challenge the patriarchal values that have emanated from the readings of religious texts. This voice is necessary at the table, as more women at the table will read religious texts in an egalitarian manner.

Religion can be matriarchal

Historically, religion has been matriarchal. In every ancient religion, Goddesses are worshipped, with women being central to the household. There are still many religions that uphold this ideal.

Religion can promote female sexuality

Some mainstream religions, such as Hinduism, promote desire and sex for pleasure equally to both sexes. Historically, women and men were able to engage in polygamous relationships, and sexual pleasure, and the use of sexual prowess was not taboo.

The lack of religious freedom can be damaging to women's rights

Lack of religious freedom for women in particular exposes them to abuse, with extremist values oppressing women. The freedom to practice religion correlates with better economic and political rights.
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 11 Nov 2020 at 16:16 UTC