Sexism In Religion

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The topic of this paper is about how sexism in almost all major religions affects today’s contemporary views. My paper will focus on Hinduism and Christianity in particular. Although both religions do show sexism, they also show equality or a high status for women. So why is our society today still indulged in sexist religious thoughts instead of analyzing all the information? This paper will discuss both the sexist and nonsexist views in the religions. This is important to understand because society has progressed in multiple ways, but still believes in sexist traditions. These traditions are influencing the 21st century and causing the gap between genders to still exist. Instead, today’s generation and future generations should analyze these …show more content…
The movie Miss Representation explores the topic of how mainstream media is a big reason of the under representation of women in the one percent. One of the strongest quotes in the documentary is “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Young females need a positive role model but media has neglected to provide this to them due to the social image of the “perfect woman.” According to society, the perfect woman is the one that is tall, has a slim, fit curvy body, perfect facial conditions, etc. Basically, an image that can only be obtained by Photoshop! This mind-set is a major reason why females have not escalated on the route to success and has been in people’s heads for generations. So what exactly is the origin of this gender inequality? The United States may be a diverse religious country, but the dominant religion is Christianity. In the Bible, there are many examples of sexism. One great example is shown in Genesis 2:18-23. In this passage, woman is described as not only a helper of man, but also as coming from man, implying that they were less then men. It is especially demonstrated at the end of the passage where the Bible says,
“And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man
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One great example of this is exemplified in Mark 16:9-11, “Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.”
This shows how women had no credibility in the olden ages. No one believed Mary Magdalene’s words because she was a female. More than likely if a male had announced the same information, the community would believe him. However, the fact that Jesus presented his resurrection to a female is very important. It portrays that even though society was sexist, religion was not. Jesus had the power to display his resurrection to whomever he pleased. Mary Magdalene being the first to see his resurrection shows how women have just as much importance as men do in

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