Gender Prejudice and Discrimination

Task 1: Would it be sexist to not consider female actors for the part of Harry Potter? What do you think?

Prejudice based on gender is called sexism. Both women and men can be victims of this, but it is more common for women to be the victims.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states clearly that men and women were made equal in the eyes of God, and that men and women “complement” one another. To be equal does not necessarily mean the same. To be equal means to have the same rights and nature as others.

“Man and woman were made “for each other” – not that God left them half-made and incomplete: he created them to be a communion of persons, in which each can be “helpmate” to the other, for they are equal as persons (“bone of my bones. . .”) and complementary as masculine and feminine.

CCC 369

Jesus and early Christians lived in a male-dominated society and the Bible reflects this. 

Women should learn in silence and all humility. I do not allow them to teach or to have authority over men; they must keep quiet.

1 Timothy 2:11-12

Task 2: Who was the first female bishop in the Church of England?

Task 3: Explain two religious views on the role of women. Refer to scripture or sacred writing in your answer. (5 marks)

Task 4: What does the following quote mean? How does this inform us about a Christian’s view on women?

Some of our companions went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing

 Luke 24, 24

Task 5: Write down the following points and colour code them to show whether they support equality or not. Explain your answer.

Genesis 1:27 says that God created women and men
The first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection was a women 
Jesus was a man and his twelve disciples or followers were also men
God created Adam first and then Eve second
In the Bible it says: “There is no Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one to Jesus.

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