After talking in class today about social equality and gender equality I found it almost ironic when I was working today because I had a discussion about gender equality with my one of my clients. I work as a personal trainer at the HIT center and normally I don’t have this intense of a conversation. However today the topic of gender equality was brought up between my client and I. She began saying how she feels like she is looked down upon many times in her daily life for being a women. She felt as though the men she was around sometimes acted as though they were all better than her and that before they would get to know her she’d already been judge. So by me knowing she is a religious person I brought up how we have been talking about women in the bible in our class. We began discussing how even in the bible women are looked down upon for what they had done, for an example eve eating the fruit and Rebecca for tricking her husband into believing Jacob was Esau. Yes there are multiple accounts of women receiving “bad raps” in the Old Testament but what we wanted to point out is that men also do bad in the old testament. One of the biggest representations of men doing wrong in the Old Testament is in Exodus when Aaron creates the golden calf for the Israelites to worship while Moses is talking to God atop the mountain.
After having this conversation we were both even more confused than before about why women receive this bad rap. In the bible it doesn’t say anything about women being less important than men, it more than likely says that they are even in stature. This can be seen in Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live ling in the land the LORD your God is giving you”, also in Leviticus 20:9 “If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head”. Both these verses saying that both that men and women are equal and if you dishonor or disobey either you will be punished. Unfortunately not many people look at these verses in the same way and still believe that men are high on the status totem pole.
There may never be a day when men or women are looked upon equally in the eyes of all, but it needs to be pointed out that the bible doesn’t say one is better than another, it says they are equal. Also it needs to be known that both men and women both have done bad in the Old Testament. Throughout this I am not trying to take a stand on either side of this argument I am however just trying to bring certain information to attention in which I feel is important.