Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Feminist Theologian Mary Hunt Responds to Nicholas Kristof on Religion and Women

Response to Nicholas Kristof on Religion and Women
By
Mary E. Hunt January 18, 2010

A fine start. And now we look forward to a deeper, and broader conversation.

"Everyone likes to see their favorite issue on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. So Nicholas D. Kristof’s January 10, 2010 piece “
Religion and Women” brought delight to the eyes of many feminists in religion and opened the eyes of others for whom the issues were new. .."
"...either there was a typo in the article or else Mr. Kristof might want to rethink something. Describing the context of women’s second class citizenship he writes:
That’s a context that religions have helped shape, and not pushed hard to change.
The “not” is misplaced. It is more accurate to say:

That’s a context that religions have helped shape, and pushed hard NOT to change.
Otherwise, one misses the fact that many religions, Catholicism for example (my own tradition, though as a woman I have no decision-making power), have been tireless in their efforts to keep women subordinate. ..

http://www.religiondispatches.org/blog/sexandgender/2199/response_to_nicholas_kristof_on_religion_and_women

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