Are religions unfair to women?

The Big Questions is a faith and ethics television programme which is broadcast live on BBC One.
I have come across this interesting episode which asked “Are religions unfair to women?”

Yes, it can be argued that religion has been male-oriented for over thousands of years but all ancient societies were like that once.The arguments raised in this debate are quite interesting and eye opening as it brings about different cultural understanding to the idea of women in religion.

What do you think about this debate? Do you think religions are unfair to women?



6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Petra
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 16:23:24

    I think we need to distinguish between institutions and religion. Institutions like churches and mosques are largely driven by men aiming to represent everybody, educating about religion. The interesting part now is that in many religions women are very important like Mary and Eve in Christianity or the wife of the Prophet in the Qu’ran it further on reads “The paradise lies under the feet of your mother”. However, reality and scripture differ a lot.


  3. up654446
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 12:23:15

    Women are indeed valued and respected members of the Catholic church, and they’re usually the most devout of all. But despite all this you could argue that religions are human constructs so they reflect the prevailing culture, which has historically been male-dominated in the majority of cultures. Therefore in terms of this you might look at the notion of male dominance as a trigger to the unfair treatment to women in religion


  4. up676600
    Apr 13, 2014 @ 17:54:46

    Every religion needs to be dealt with on a case by case basis. The problem in my opinion with the gender imbalance of religion is that the traditional hierarchy is male dominated. This then reverts back to the issue of male dominance as the basis to the unfair treatment to women in religion. Its a vicious circle and needs to be tackled from the top down, however it is difficult to see this happening in the near future.


  5. Cristina
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 20:11:38

    Any woman is important in the world because she gives life and without her the human gender wouldn’t exist so I think that religions aren’t unfair to women but the human being has always thought that women are inferior to men so they can’t do many things unfortunately this thought had repercussions in religions and in a lot of different sectors. Perhaps we should understand that men and women are identical and all these rules about the difference between the human being are wrong and they engender many other problems and conflicts in the entire world.


    Apr 18, 2014 @ 20:10:55

    This question is a bit general and I would not say entirely that religions are unfair to women but rather i would argue that in some cases yes it is depending on the religion but at the same time that would be me judging the religions from my own perspective. I firmly believe that the old religions are seen to be the most oppressive of women which had started out thousands of years ago respectively protecting them. The old traditions and beliefs were corrupted over time to what they are today. Religions correspond to cultures and arguably God sent religions placing boundaries around men and women, having specific roles that men can do but women can’t and vise versa. But in modern society both genders want to cross these boundaries and consequently they start thinking that they are treated unfairly.


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