Religion Gender Roles

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Religion and gender are two very important factors in people's lives. It is well known that religion can have big influences on our identities. It has been found that religion influences many people's beliefs about gender roles (Bartkowski & Read, 2003). Gender roles can be defined as the parts that men and women are typically expected to play in society in different cultures. These roles can dictate how men and women are expected to act in society, as well as what type of attitudes and personality traits that they are typically expected to display in their culture (Nugent, 2015). Examples of stereotypical gender roles would be that men are typically expected to be the dominant ones in relationships and are expected to make the major decisions.…show more content…
It has been found for those who participate in Christianity that they believe that God set a hierarchy of people, with men at the top and women at the bottom. This is why gender traditionalism for women in the Protestant religion is seen as wifely submission. This is the belief that women for matters with regards to outside and inside the home, must look to their husbands for guidance (Burke, 2012). This is similar for women of the Islamic faith, they also believe in submission to their husbands and other male figures in the family. They, however, also display their gender traditional beliefs with the wearing of the hijab. For many Islamic women, the wearing of the hijab is a way of protecting men from their own sexual desires and to stop improper relationships between men and women. For others, it is to do with the fact that, the wearing of the headscarf is mentioned in the Quran in some passages (Burke, 2012). In this way, it is seen by some traditional Muslims that the hijab is a symbol of women's obedience to Islamic principles (Bartowksi & Read,…show more content…
It is important to emphasize here, that just because the women follow gender traditional rules that are mentioned in their scripture, as it was seen with the Muslim women who wore the hijab because it was mentioned in the Quran (Burke, 2012), does not mean that they believe in its' scriptural inerrancy. This is as they also can believe that their scripture is inspired by the word of God. This is also known as Epistemology (Hempel & Bartkowski, 2008). This means that it is not truly the word of God but inspired by the word of God. This is why it is important to measure the strength of the women’s belief in scriptural

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