The biblical texts are the products of ancient societies in which the notion of gender equality was unknown. Despite claims at various points in the Bible that women, men and children are all valued by God, men and women are consistently portrayed differently – and unequally – in their perceived value as religious and social beings.
Islam has inherited the male-centredness of the ancient religions and cultures from which it emerged …
… a pervasive religious preference not only to treat men and women differently, but to distance and segregate women from men: they are (usually) to pray separately, and they are to dress differently …
Women’s bodies were deemed problematically different – too different – from those of men. And in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, they continue to be: whether the issue is veiling, male circumcision, segregated worship or women bishops, all three religions attest to the on-going problematizing of women’s bodies.
Conclusion on religion and feminism:
For the religiously-inclined, it would be better to rip up the old blueprints and start again.
I hope these quotes (deliberately cut short in post for copyright reasons) wet your appetite to read the full article here.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog