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Women and a book.

I have enrolled in a gender (not biological sex, but the social idea of what a man, woman or some one in between is) studies class for a month now. It has been a bit of an eye opening experience as to how gender is really engrained in our social behavior. But I wanted to throw this question out here.


On many occasions, the instructor (or students) had referenced the christian bible. I put no faith in it myself, but I do know that many people do. It caused me to think and recall certain bible authors. I know that this religious text does not paint women in a positive light, as well as other well known related texts, belief systems and authors. I only know the authors who wrote negatively about women.


I was wondering if anyone knew any authors in the past who wrote (religious texts) positively about women. Specifically, either in the christian bible (I have not finished reading the whole thing and I don’t plan to finish it) or old supplemental texts (even saints writings) or in any other well known orthodox monotheistic religion? It would help my studies if anyone has anything to input (positive or negative things the have seen about women in writing.)


(I do know that Paganism, Wicca, forms of Devil Worship and other spiritual view points put woman in a more positive light, which is why I am wondering if one of the before mentioned religions have ever looked, at any time, women positively.)



Sep. 19th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Well from what I have been learning in my Woman's study course in Philosophy, the Gnostic paint women in a good light. Instead of seeing Eve as the seductress and the first to fall, they see Eve as the great liberator of man kind.

Thanks to Eve we have the knowledge that makes us like God. "For God knows that when you eat of it [the tree of knowledge of good and evil] your eyes will be opened, and you [Eve] will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5) Where the Serpent (which the Gnostic Christians saw the Serpent as a wise and truthful being) had inquired about what God had told Adam and Eve about the tree, and spoke the truth about it.

It's really too bad that the Orthodox had to come along with their straight-thinking (which is what Orthodox means) and literal translations of the scripture. The Gnostic way of looking at the scriptures I believe was a lot better because they looked into them to find the deeper meaning as if they are myths to teach us lessons much like the Greek and Roman mythology.

I believe pretty much every writer from the bible paint women in a bad light. From what I know and have read, Jesus only praised barren women, and when Matthew came along he softened Jesus' words to include all women as long as they served their husbands and acted as if they were not married. And then their is Deutero-Pauline who really was a bunch of different people writing as Paul who also only praised women who were subservient to their husbands, where as the true Paul hated all women, even if they were celibate like he wanted everyone to be.

Well this is about it for me I'm dog tired so yeah I hope others have more info.


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