BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour – Is Religion Bad for Women?
Is religion bad for women? That’s the question being asked by a conference held in Newcastle this week [8 November]. The main speaker is Professor Daphne Hampson, author of ‘Theology and Feminism’ who argues that ‘religions have proved the ultimate weapon in keeping woman in her “place”’. Professor Hampson joins Jenni along with Dr Tina Beattie, Reader in Christian Studies at Roehampton University and Farah Khan, journalist and practicing Muslim, to ask if women can find a place for religion in their lives.
You can listen again to this programme via the Woman’s Hour website (see above) if you have a media player – broadband recommended.
Writing as a feminist, I regard this as a no–brainer. Unfortunately, few people know much about the development of the montheistic religions and patriarchal social control. It’s depressing that so many women collude with mainly male religious leaders to perpetuate their delusions.