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Traditionally the majority of major world religious organisations have been androcentric in nature Women have faced the problem of being members of sometimes misogynistic frequently sexist and patriarchal and male-dominated religious traditions However it is a commonly held view that Buddhism has been less misogynistic then other faiths such as Christianity Islam and Bahai In such religious traditions the establishment of scriptures practices and ethical spiritual authority codes of conduct for both lay and monastic existences lay with men Almost all of the significant spiritual leaders or heroes- the Buddha included - are male and women are often accorded an inferior status particularly in regard to their assessed capabilities for spiritual progress Masculine religions tend to view the world as essentially impure or corrupt at least to the human spirit If the world is corrupt then women being both the bearers of future generations and the seductresses of men are the greatest impediment to male liberation Therefore most masculine religions in the East and West are misogynistic Countless feminist critics argue that the majority of global creeds are a constant reminder of a phallocentric focus However this factor in various religious traditions raises the question as to what extent Buddhism is misogynistic and when contrasted to other religions how it differs The position of women within Buddhism has traditionally been relative to specific cultures Within traditional Buddhism we find both misogynistic attitudes and strong powerful female role models A religion that is often labelled as misogynistic is Christianity In Christianity fundamental doctrines marginalise women based on patriarchal interpretations of scripture - not necessarily supporting the Bible While the theological tradition supporting womens subordination has dominated the history of Christian theology it has not been the only tradition writes the Rev Scovill a minister in the Disciples of Christ church Equally St Paul states There is no longer male and female for all of you are one in Christ Jesus This statement suggests gender
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