Tuesday 28 February 2012

Gender Tension and Religion

Gender tension and gender differences appear a lot when it comes to different religions and their beliefs.  Many religions believe in the fact that men are more powerful and they hold more responsibility especially when it comes to income and supporting a family.  In many religions it is mandatory for males to be working and bringing in income, where as females are meant to take care of the household duties on a day to day basis.

Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to do cleaning and cooking, even within religious settings such as a church.  Men, are more likely to be more involved in speaking and communicating ideas with individuals, such as in a church setting a male participates in worship services and reading to the congregation.  Many religions have a lot of gender differences that are still present to this day.

 Another example is the practice of Polygamy which is a marriage that involves more than just two partners.  This encouraged in some religions, where men are able to have a certain number of wives, where as women are not able to do so. It is obvious that men have always had more power when it comes to decision-making and many religions believe that, that’s how it should be. 

Gender differences in religion do not necessarily cause gender tension because it has become a lifestyle than individuals are used to and have been taught is the right way.  A lot of religions consider men responsible and in charge, where as women are looked at as a support system that focus on the smaller aspects of life.

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