I am doing a small project on the status of women in religions (other than Islam) where it is bad. Any suggestions?
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I would approach this project without the inherent statement of judgment. In other words, why don't you explore how women are perceived and treated in certain societies? You can still choose society's where you consider women as oppressed, but this approach will allow you a more balanced study of the culture in question.
I would ask:
How are women perceived?
Is the treatment of women legal, cultural, or both?
What is the history of this treatment?
Has there been any effort to change this treatment?
I think that this depends a great deal on what constitutes, in your mind, "bad" status for women. If you are going to interpret the term "bad status" broadly, there are a number of Christian sects in which women have "bad" status.
For example, the Southern Baptist Convention (see link) issued a statement in 2000 saying that, in a marriage, the husband
has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
You can certainly interpret this as saying that women have to be subordinate to men in this sect of the Christian faith.
If you are so inclined, you can argue that the Roman Catholic faith puts women in a subordinate status. It denies them the opportunity to be priests, for example. It also is adamantly against the use of contraceptives. This, you could argue, puts women in a "bad status."
So this depends a great deal on how bad women's status has to be before you would call it "bad."
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