Feminist Views on Religion

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Essay Question(s):
Evaluate feminist views on the role and functions of religion in society today (18marks)

Patriarchal Vehicle
Evidence of patriarchy; * Sacred text, places of worship etc.
Woodhead, Armstrong etc
Criticism and strengths.
Essay Question(s):
Evaluate feminist views on the role and functions of religion in society today (18marks)

Patriarchal Vehicle
Evidence of patriarchy; * Sacred text, places of worship etc.
Woodhead, Armstrong etc
Criticism and strengths.

Evaluate postmodernist explanations of the role & functions of religion in contemporary society (33marks)
(Plan and case)

Evaluate postmodernist explanations of the role & functions of religion in contemporary society (33marks)
(Plan and case)

Feminists see religion as a patriarchal institution; maintaining male dominance over women by allowing them to believe that it is their divine right to dominate. As well as this, they believe that religion functions as a patriarchal ideology that is a vehicle that perpetuates inequity and such beliefs legitimizes female subservience and oppression. El Saadawi, says that religion is distorted to acquiesce patriarchal domination in which they exploit women in multiple ways; prostitution, slavery and abortion. However, functionalists believe otherwise and argue that its function is not to oppress women but necessary as to keep society stable whilst Marxists believe that religion oppresses the working class and serves capitalism not females and patriarchy.
Feminists argue that women’s oppression is shown in almost every religion as they criticise that in almost all the religions; ambiguity of deities are clarified as being male in sacred text, feats of male prophets and men being the ones who write or interpret scripture. They argue that this bias in religion is continued in religious organisations where there is a…...

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