By Jen Thorpe
Until about 2003 I was religious. As in I went to a Christian school, was confirmed as an Anglican, and believed in God. Back then I also heard a lot about all the good things that God has done for us, how we should obey him etc. What I also heard was that girls shouldn’t run in the corridors, that a woman had a particular place in the family and the home, and that it would be rad for me to live a life that embodied these values.
Then I went to University and learnt a lot more. God (in most forms) is not a big fan of women’s independence, homosexuality, and had been the source of some pretty big wars. I learnt about religions that required women to cover their bodies, about religions that required women to be stoned for their adulterous husband’s behaviour, about Moses’ authorising of the rape of several thousand women who had been captured, and about religions where men thanked God every morning that they weren’t born a woman.
So I’m not a big fan anymore, but I’m wondering whether there are spaces for feminism in religion and what your thoughts are on this?