stock-photo-gender-equality-sign-in-word-collage-94092469.jpegTopic: Gender Roles
Issue: Inequality

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  • At the time of the Buddha the role of women in society was essentially a domestic one. It has been argued that women were not seen as necessarily inferior to men but different, although the reality was that often women had little real power inside or outside the home. As in the West until relatively recent times both men and women generally agreed that the ideal woman was a good wife and mother. If a woman wanted to lead a spiritual life then she had to be very single-minded and resistant to all the pressures of socialization that surrounded her although, according to historical records, female ascetics have existed in most past societies, including Buddhist ones. Buddhism Gender Roles
  • Male-female gender roles: In Islamic tradition, the male is head of household, official decision-maker, responsible for financial support of the family and protection of family health and honor. Generally, Muslim men are culture-bound to preserve and protect the honor of the women in his family: wife, mother, or daughter. He may accompany the woman during exams, even answering medical questions for her. It is possible that a woman may not answer directly, except when her husband or father is unavailable. This form of paternalism is not meant to imply that the woman is inferior or incapable of handling such matters herself. Rather, it is a reflection of the strong cultural norm for a woman to publicly exhibit modesty and family honor, and for a man to protect this family strength, honor, and morality. Especially for male providers, asking permission from the male head of household to address a woman communicates respect and good intentions. Islam Gender Roles
  • Women were at the bottom of the Confucian hierarchy. Exemplary behavior and uncomplaining obedience was expected of them. By custom, aristocratic men and women lived separately. Men had multiple wives and concubines, but women were not allowed to see men other than their close relatives, husbands, or masters, or the palace eunuchs. Homosexuality was discouraged, but not specifically condemned as "sinful." Abortion was also discouraged, except in cases where the mother's health was endangered. Confucianism Gender Roles

Analysis:
Do you ever wonder why some women wear a hijab? The issue that is spread around most of the religions is inequality forwards women. This is an important issue because some people see women as weak and under-minded but they could be as strong and powerful as man if they get the chance. By reading this, you will learn about three different religions and how they have their different gender roles.
In Confucian, women were disrespected by freedom that the men had against women. In this religion men had the freedom to have more than one wife and some were placed in an upper class. The men who wasn't though, were placed with women. Men also had the freedom to see whoever they want but when it came to the women, they could only see the men that where relatives, husbands, etc. " Women were at the bottom of the Confucian hierarchy." This quote basically is saying that this religion is unequal. Women in this religion was mandatory to yield to their husbands and if they are a widow than they have to yield to their adult son(s). But this is not the only religion that have this design for women.
Islamic women are force to wear a hijab (a head or body garment worn by a women in Islam) to cover their body because in this religion it's disrespectful to show any parts of skin. They basically see women the same way as Confucians do. But they consider the men as the “bread-winner”. A “bread-winner” is the person who have the responsibility to provide for his or her family. “Generally, Muslim men are culture-bound to preserve and protect the honor of the women in his family: wife, mother, or daughter.” This quote show that Muslim men have a lot of responsibility that demand them to protect the women in their family.
Unlike the other two religions, Buddhism appreciate women’s power. Buddhist women have strong roles to play in their family that makes them a whole. These roles are a good wife and mother. Without these important characteristics, there would be a spectacular amount of issues with the husband and children. Even though being these things are not going to bring home money, it will help you gain a wonderful family. “If a woman wanted to lead a spiritual life then she had to be very single-minded and resistant to all the pressures of socialization that surrounded her although, according to historical records, female ascetics have existed in most past societies, including Buddhist ones.” This quote explains that to be a women that is a leader she have to b independent and not worry about what people will say because they are doing to talk. These will also help her become a strong person and help prove to people who thinks women are weak wrong.
In conclusion, each religion have it’s own belief in gender roles. Some supports men and others support women. Either way both male and female are important to religious society in their own way.

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