Negative Religious Views of Women

 

Hinduism

 

It is the nature of women to seduce men in this (world); for that reason, the wise are never unguarded in the (company of) females. For women are able to lead astray in (this) world not only a fool, but even a learned man, and (to make) him a slave of desire and anger.

(When creating them) Manu allotted women (a love of their) bed, (of their) seat and (their) ornaments, impure desires, wrath, dishonesty, malice, and bad conduct.

Laws of Manu 2:213, p. 69; 9:14, p. 330)[1]

 

 

Theravada Buddhism

 

‘How are we to conduct ourselves, Lord, with regard to womankind?’

‘As not seeing them, Ananda.’

‘But if we should see them, what should we do?’

‘No talking, Ananda.’

‘But if they should speak to us, Lord, what are we to do?’

‘Keep wide awake, Ananda.’

 

(Maha Parinnibana Suttana, 5:9, Digha Nikaya 2:141, in Rhys Davids, Dialogues of the Buddha, vol. 2, p. 154)

 

Mahayana Buddhism

 

You should know that when men have close relationships with women, they have close relationships with evil ways…

Fools lust for women like dogs in heat..

Women can ruin the precepts of purity.

They can also ignore honor and virtue.

Causing one to go to hell, they prevent rebirth in heaven.

Why should a wise delight in them?

 

(Speech of the Buddha to King Udayana, from the Mahratnakuta, quote in Paul, Women in Buddhism, pp. 30, 31, 41-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christianity

 

Do you not all know that each of you (Women) is also an Eve?...You are the Devil/s gateway, you are the unsealer of the forbidden tree, you are the first deserter of the divine law, you are the one who persuaded him who the devil was too weak to weak to attack. How easily you destroyed man, the image of God! Because of the death which you brought upon us, even the Son of God had to die.

(Tertullian, Church Father, in De Cultu Feminarum 1:1, quote in D. Bailey, The Man Woman Relation)

 

 

Islam

 

Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

(Qur’an 4:34)[2]



[1] Laws of Manu, trans. G. Buhler. Sacred books of the East vol. 25. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1886.

[2] The Koran, Trans. M. H. Shakir; Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia (10/19/01)
<http://etext.virginia.edu/koran.html >.