Women's Status in Religion

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    I know this is a loaded topic, but it's one that has always affected the way I view religion.

    Even in Theravadin Buddhism, a nun of 40 years still has to bow to a monk of one day, and not vice versa. Monks have a higher status than nuns in Buddhism. It was controversial for my Lama, Chagdud Rinpoche to ordain Western women as Lamas.

    Discuss.

    I don't see any religion superior to another in terms of women's roles.
     
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    I don't, either.
     
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    Not even the Dalai Lama understood. He had a meeting with Western Buddhist teachers and some of the women brought up the inequality in Buddhism and His Holiness didn't understand.

    He has since changed and stated that the world will be saved by Western women.
     
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    I believe that is a prediction that has a good chance of ringing true.

    As far as women's equal rights, the Western world is more advanced than other cultures in that respect.
     
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    Frankly, religion is so private and individualized to me, that no man or woman has any effect on my view, regardless of how they may view women themselves.
     
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    I have a close friend who is Catholic and she has always wanted to be a priest. It pains me that she can't be. She would be wonderful.
     
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    Wicca?

    Unitarians?
     
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    Hmm, I don't know. Ask a Wiccan or a Unitarian.
     
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    Naw ... I don't care that much. I was just throwing them in as possibilities for something you might consider having better women's roles than Buddhism or Catholicism.

    I personally would defend a gender division of labor in religions. Men and women are different. Women have an undeniable importance in spirituality. What do men have? They need a more outwardly defined role or they'll tend to be crowded out of religions the same way many have been crowded out of family life.
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean Amelia. Can you elaborate on the gender divisions?

    Last time I checked, men are well represented in position of power in relgion.
     

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