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Social justice and gender

Loader, W. (2020) Social justice and gender. Open Theology, 6 (1). pp. 288-295.

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This article examines the impact of the widespread pattern of unequal age at marriage which led men to conclude that not only were their wives less experienced and mature, they were also inferior by nature. It examines the ideological underpinning for the view of women’s inferiority in Plato and the Genesis creation stories, especially in their Greek translation. It then traces the way this value system found expression in the traditional allocation of gender roles, women taking responsibility for the internal affairs of the household and men for the external affairs, including public discourse. There were exceptions both within Judaism and within the early Christian movement. These and the egalitarian thoughts in Christian beginnings had the potential to subvert these norms, over time, but a long time.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Creative Media, Arts and Design
Publisher: De Gruyter
Copyright: © 2020 William Loader
United Nations SDGs: Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
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