Is religion made for human or only for man? Religion is often the most vital and considerable aspect in most of the people’s life throughout the world but often plays a negative role for women empowerment. Women are suppressed, disregarded and abused by every religion in the world. Most of the religions consider women as the second class human that refers men are the first who will be benefited by the religion (Tanzim). The patriarchal society is structured in such a way where women actually have less power to raise their voice against the society which is dominating them and always being an obstacle in their way of freedom and prosperity.
The concept of religion in terms of women and their involvement is a double edged sword. Nearly every religion seems to be naturally oppressive towards woman; Catholicism, Islam, and Buddhism all show signs of valuing men as being more important than women. From the lack of powerful female leaders, to the oppressive and problematic religious texts, there doesn’t seem to be any room for woman in religion. On the other hand, religion can act as an outlet for many woman and has been an escape for people for as long as humans have been around. Religion offers women a positive social environment, an escape, and a source of female empowerment, but at the same time it 's naturally oppressive to women and encourages a male dominated world.
Women are judged by what they wear and what they do. Islam and Muslim have gotten the right to comply with her beliefs but she will not be accepted if she is not the traditional woman. Media captures the stereotypical views of Islam/ Muslim women, they do have the right to go against the traditional woman's role, but the reality is that history counters the fact that Islam and Muslims are civilized therefore women has not reached a high status in their society. In “The Media and Its Representation of Islam and Muslim Women” by Sairra Patel argues that the media always stereotypes women in Islam/Muslim are being oppressed by men. Media has taken a large portion as the reason why Islam and Muslims are characterized as men superior to women, “In television, films, books, newspapers and magazines Islam is presented as being a backward and barbaric religion”, media had affected them unjustly since what is being said in the media is not accurate.
It is understood by many that from the global outlook, women are not afforded the same rights as men and often have their rights violated. An issue unique to the violation of the rights of women is that these violations are sometimes not actually recognized as violations (Okin, 1998). Beyond the scope of the individual rights of women, there tends to be an under representation of women in the international political arena. It is argued that the political system is set up and run by males and all attempts at human rights are male oriented and excludes women. Confounding the agenda on women’s rights is the role of culture and religion as being a justification for discrimination against women (Peach, 2002).
“Remember that forgiveness too is a power,” she continues, “to beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.”(135) This powerful message speaks to human behavior no matter the societal construction. Marginalizing women in feminist groups and Gilead is not a matter of controlling power. Instead, Offred believes “it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it” (135), warning society not to forget how to treat others and learn from past mistakes. Sexual objectification, patriarchal authority, and lack of solidarity are methods to silence women. Women in The Handmaid’s Tale are marginalized to critique utopian feminism.
Women Bound by Religion "Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them" (Oscar Wilde). As stated in this quote, all over the world women are restricted by their religions, from doing many things that men can do freely. An example would be to wear anything they want (pants), or pursue a career. Such situations are portrayed in various mediums including: Hillary Jordan's book When She Woke, Roland Joffé's film The Scarlet Letter, and Ida Lichter's article "Misogyny in the Muslim World: Bound by Culture or Religion?". In all three sources, religion is such a practice that imposes many restrictions on females, which results in women having to sacrifice their rights and face humiliation in front of society.
Therefore, the women portray a very important rule in religion because it shows the women are priestess, inferior of a goddess, and shows okonkwo being scared. In conclusion, Women are portrayed in many powerful ways in the Igbo society. In the book Women are seen as caregivers in the Igbo society, they give power to men, and are powerful in religion. Although they are seen in mostly negative ways in this literature, there are many positive ways as well. Works Cited http://voices.yahoo.com/the-role-women-chinua-achebes-things-fall-apart-42100.html?cat=4
From the perspective of equality, freedom, and improving the human condition, it is easy to say that religious laws are highly immoral, and thus are a detriment to the development of our society. An example of this is for the thousands of years that religions have to address longstanding issues like slavery, race and gender equality, and sanctity of life, but all of these issues are failed to deal and solve. Even today, in Kashmir and other Islamic nations, women are forced to wear burkas from head to toe. This rule is only the one which is on a long list of Islamic laws that subdue women; the list includes ideas that women cannot marry without male guardian's permission, in addition, the rule is even restrictive for women's freedom that they cannot travel outside of their hometown without a male chaperone who must be a close relative; and for the most frightening, a woman's witness is worth half that of a man's. There is also a fact exist that shows a lack of respect toward women, which is that women cannot be the priests in the Catholic Church.
The movement not only attracted Dalits because of its denouncement of the Varnic system, but also attracted Dalit women in particular because they were often victims of sexual violence and oppression. Periyar’s movement was unique not only in that it was so extremely secular, but also that it stood up for the rights of women. Issues regarding sexual violence and women’s oppression are widespread, generally Dalit women are the ones who suffer the most, as they are of the lowest Varna and therefore regarded as less important. There is a stigma that women of a lower Varna can be taken advantage of sexually because of their subordinate position in the Hindu hierarchy. This subordination is amplified with the intersectionality between their internationally marginalized gender as well, which is why women in particular in the Dalit community suffer from these issues.
Which is why when Father Divine denounced Marcus Garvey, race, gender, and age, he was able to give women a faux sense of independence and power, while actually keeping it for himself. With women divided, within their own race, it became difficult for them to achieve the necessary unity for them to become a force, leaving them disjointed and ultimately vulnerable.