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Men and women are not equal

found in Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas. Women perceived as weaker, less rational, more compassionate yet inferior to men


The essentialist view

there are distinctive feminine and masculine features that are intrinsic. Women and men are equal but different.


The existential view

gender characteristics due to socialisation not innate masculine or feminine features. Simone de Beauvoir argues that women are born without gender, so one, 'becomes a woman' through conscious choices


women are superior to men

Mary Daly argues that women 's abilities and knowledge are superior; a society governed by women would be more peaceful and better for the environment


Genesis ch2-3

woman was created second and from Adams rib, was tempted first and led Adam astray


Genesis 3:16

'desire for your husband and he shall rule over you'


Ephesians 5:22-23

'wives be subject to your husbands' - sees the husband as the head of the household and his wife should submit to his authority


Galatians 3:27-28

'there is no longer..... male or female; for all are one in christ'