Is it a Feminist Act to Stay in a Patriarchal Tradition? by Gina Messina-Dysert

This is very good topic. What if we added a female form to the holy figures of God…It could be an action for one step further. In Buddhism, Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara) changed its form to female in East Asia. Sometimes it has hermaphroditic form, for example, female body with mustache. We could write a new story about God.

Should women (or men) maintain a religious identity within a patriarchal tradition?  Is it a feminist act to stay? Or is it only a feminist act to leave?  These are questions that regularly surface in conversations related to religion and are often the center of dialogue here on Feminism and Religion.

I have often thought that change can only take place from within.  Certainly we can see the progress made by foresisters who have struggled within their traditions for change; Rosemary Radford Ruether, Mary Hunt, Amina Wadud, Judith Plaskow, and the list goes on.  These women have greatly impacted our understanding of misogynistic practices within their respective traditions and have educated us on how religions need to live out their teachings.

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