Where are the Women?

Every week when I go to church I can’t help but notice that week after week there is always a man on the pulpit. Even when we have guest speakers it’s a man, every single elder is a man, and even the people who pass out the offering plates are all men. In almost every religion the lead role is a man.

Christ was a man,

The Buddha was a man,

so was Mohammed,

Probably your priest too,

I didn’t forget about your imam

and guess what the pope is a man too.  I always find myself wondering why is that.

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Like I get that back in the day women couldn’t really speak out so it was basically a taboo for them to be in front of everyone teaching about god or a higher being. But now it’s 2017 like where the ladies at?

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On the other hand, when I look at the congregation there are visibly way more women than men. I realize that this is more exclusive to my Christian perspective, but regardless of that across the board of all religions, there is a disproportionate amount of male leaders. Some people argue that it’s just tradition but why can’t we break old traditions and make new ones. Coming from a Christian background it’s interesting to me that women don’t question this idea of male leadership. One thing I really don’t get is why women even take advice about what it means to be a woman or what the role of a woman is from a man. Like why are men telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.

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When I say this I am not saying that this is the opinion of all followers of a certain religion but We see this idea often with the Catholic church and contraception. But I am not even Catholic and consistently have seen male pastors trying to exercise their “right” of telling women what to do and how to behave. But to end my rant I just want to see more female religious leaders. Like is that too much to ask for.

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