Gender JusticeMarielle PerezWaldwick Seventh Day Adventist School Gender JusticeGender inequality is an issue of unequal power relations between men and women. It violates human rights, constraints choice, and agency, and has negative impacts on people’s ability to participate in, contribute to and benefit from social, political and economic development. It is essential that we work together and use our influence to create just and equitable relationships between women and men in order to achieve fair, sustainable, resilient and thriving communities (“What is gender justice, 2018).When you see someone telling a 10-year-old girl that she must cover up more because she is a girl and we don’t want boys to look at her in a seductive manner that is a problem. Gender injustice is something that is deeply rooted in today’s society its seen normal. If a man has various sexual partners he is just simply considered a very sexually active manly man now if the tables were turned she would be considered a whore (Ahmed, 2014). Not only that but we must also see the fact that Women in the U.
S. who work full time, year round are typically paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. The wage gap has stagnated, with very little change since 2007.
Black women working full time, year round typically make only 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts. For Latinas this figure is only 54 cents, for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women it is 59 cents, and for Native women, it is 57 cents (Hegewisch et al., 2010).As a result of these unsolved issues groups like the feminists have arisen and events like the women’s march that recently took place in New York are formed. Because we have decided that enough is enough. Male privilege was an issue in the 1900’s and it continues to be an issue today. Not only are these things that are happening all around us but there is also inequality to women in the church.
I remember sitting in church on Sabbath morning when the pastor who was speaking said ” as men of God we must look for a submissive woman who knows her place and knows when not to overstep the position of the head”1st Corinthians 11:3 : (3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.) This a very controversial verse because it can be analyzed in various ways, it’s often used to justify the sexist and unequal point of view of some members of the Seventh Day Adventist church. Some can argue that this means that since men are the head of the household that women should stick to their role of cooking cleaning and take care of the children while men make all of the major decisions of the household. This idea also backs up some church members views on women’s ordination in the Seventh-Day Adventist church. They advocate for their view by quoting this verse and saying that god named the man for a reason and that Adam was created first.Times have changed and society, as well as churches perception on women, has drastically changed if compared from ancient history to now but there definitely is room for more growth in the area of women’s inequality. We currently have a president that is turning the blind eye to these issues a president who believes that its okay to degrade women and infant degrade a whole country.
Please let us not follow the example of ignorant individuals like him. The church also needs to stop turning a blind eye to these situations, and quite frankly the Seventh-Day Adventist church, for the most part, is afraid of change. Change is scary but it is necessary and now is a time where change is most needed. BibliographyHegewisch, A., Liepmann, H.
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