Feminism and Religion

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It is a perceptible phenomenon that modern ideas and transnational interaction between people brings about so many changes that they come into conflict with the existing norms and belief systems of a society. In fact, the ability to assimilate productive changes and the capacity to discard beliefs that are detrimental to the interest of the society are the essential qualities of a good social order. If a society allows itself to be dominated by beliefs that are not in tune with the needs and aspirations of the changing times, one cannot ascribe it as a progressive society. On the other hand, it must also be said that a society that is open to change without considering the detrimental effects that such a change can make in the long run, will not add quality to that society. Hence, ideally there needs to be a balance between age old ideas that form the foundation of the society on and modern ideas that gives vigor and variety to the society. The modern progressive ideas need to be implemented on the foundations of strong principles bestowed by culture and traditions. Such a society that can give equal importance to proven and tested norms but also respects newer ideas of merit will be healthy and vibrant. However, we can see that in this strife torn world people are carried away by ideas and seek to implement them without considering their merit in the long run. Similarly, conservatives in the society are too eager to cling on to practices that abuse human dignity and rights. Moderation is no where to be seen and the urge to counter the refusal to change with militant zeal, is a very pernicious trend that has gripped societies worldwide. One such issue that has always been at loggerheads for the past many decades is feminism that seeks to liberate women, and code of religions that requires adherence to certain religious principles in the society.

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